Whenever you lay on a mass of colour, be sure that however large it may be, or however small, it shall be gradated.
And this, in the case of gradated colour, makes the shading softer.
Without these steadying influences these compositions of gradated masses would be sickly and weak.
It will be seen in the figure there given, that this change is not sudden, but gradated.
This is a typical Watteau composition, founded on a rhythmic play of gradated tones and gradated edges.
The brush is placed firmly on the canvas and then dragged from the point lightly away, leaving a gradated tone.
Having thus obtained the power of laying on a tolerably flat tint, you must try to lay on a gradated one.
The balance in the finest work is usually on the side of flat tones rather than on the side of gradated tones.
Whenever you lay on a mass of color, be sure that however large it may be, or however small, it shall be gradated.
You will find it impossible to separate this idea of gradated manifestation from that of the vital power.