While searching online for Mr. Whitney's out of print book, I found an article he wrote at the following web address, including several other interesting related articles: http://www.worldofportraitpainting.com/commentary-whitney/index.html
The first articles on composition and drawing list many concepts and helpful hints that can be used by artists of all stylistic persuasions. The main portion of the series emphasizes the impressionistic approach to painting. I do not mean to imply that this is the only way, or the best way to paint. Nothing in this series is meant to be taken as absolute law since some advances in the field of painting have come from breaking the rules after training is completed. My hope is that these articles will be a useful reference you can use in finding your way when you feel lost.
These ideas are most useful in helping artists paint the visual world. The impressionist paints what he sees, not what he knows. He looks at the whole subject at once and paints this visual impression in a broad manner with only a suggestion of detail. I list the ways in which the impressionist uses light and shadow, values, color vibration, edges and paint texture to achieve an atmospheric appearance. I also discuss methods of training the visual memory so that artists can successfully capture the fleeting effects of nature.
I have included a section on helpful advice to students followed by a listing of some of the artists of the past that I recommend for study. I have decided not to include living painters for fear of unintentionally offending those that I might omit. I have instead decided to illustrate this booklet with some examples of my work to show how these ideas have influenced one contemporary painter. I have also included an extensive reading list for further research.
It has been the dream of Mr. Gammell and others who have survived the onslaught of Modernism that future generations will restore the craft of painting. I hope my articles will contribute to this end.
Stoddard, New Hampshire
To Read a book preview online of Mr. Whitney's book, "Painting the Visual Impression, click here. or cut and paste: http://www.crescentpond.com/bookpreview.pdf
To read more of this series of articles, please refer to the website: <http://www.worldofportraitpainting.com/commentary-whitney/index.html>.