The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 4.1790

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Every object in nature Is not the fame in its ap-
pearance y fome are rough, others fmooth, fome very
opaque and folid, others almoft tranfparent: thefe re-
quire diftinct touches, according to their diftinct cha-
racters. This principle has been carried to excefs, by
thofe who have laboured on large pictures to touch
every thing varioufly ; becaufe, the diftance at which
fuch pictures ought to be viewed, prevents the refult of
their care; and thus, although the hair of the head, of the
beard, &c. require a different touch from the fmooth
flefh, in a picture calculated for clofe inflection, yet ina
large fubject, they are taken as mafTes, becaufe their
details would be injurious. Bold and ftrong touches
are neceffary, in whatever is to be furveyed from afar, in
order to produce their effect more fully. The great
art of a good touch, is, to be neither feeble, nor ex-
ceffive ; endeavouring at boldnefs, we mould avoid
hardnefs, as in endeavouring at delicacy, we mould-
avoid tamenefs.

TRANSPARENT colours, are thofe poffeffing fo
little body that they permit the colours underneath them
to appear through, thereby producing the effect of

TRANSPARENCIES, are paintings upon filk, &c.
with fuch thin and tranfparent colours that the light
paffes through the picture ; thefe are much ufed for
decorations, illuminations, &c. and by means of arti-
ficial and brilliant lights placed behind them, they have
a very gay and fprightly effect. They are painted with
oil of turpentine.

Paintings on glafs are tranfparencies, though not
ufually included under the term.

No. 39. T TROPHY
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