This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Never patch up a bad beginning. Start your subject over again; or, if you have tired of it, leave it for good, and try something else. The world's a big place, and there are plenty of things to paint.
I wish beginners would not bother themselves so much about composition. Pick a subject and try to paint it. Silly compositions such as most beginners attempt have nothing in them. They can be taught to any messenger boy; so why waste your time ?
Unless you can draw, do not attempt to put figures in your landscapes. It is all well enough to suggest a figure, if a dab of colour is going to help your sketch; but unless you know enough about drawing to locate the joints in the human body, it is better not to let a figure take any prominent part in your picture.
Never mind what medium you use, so long as you make the colour look right on the canvas.
Do not work a canvas over. Remember that you are seldom in the same state of mind when you return to a subject that you were when you started. And the success of a picture depends almost entirely upon the frame of mind of the artist when he paints it.
Be influenced by the growth in your landscape. Try to feel that von are painting living grass and living trees, and then perhaps they will show life in your picture. Do anything that will give a true impression of nature.
Do not let the outlines of your trees appear like razor blades. Break them.
Content yourself with simple subjects. You will do better work, and, in the long run, get better effects.
Your actual knowledge of the size of an object is apt to make you exaggerate it in your picture. This can only be avoided by continually comparing it with neighbouring objects.