“Go first to Nature”
John Ruskin believed passionately in the importance of drawing directly from Nature – his motto ‘Go first to nature’ summarizes his belief in the pre-eminence of nature as the primary source for the artist. For Ruskin all great art stems from our understanding of Nature.
Example: John William Inchbold
“Omit nothing, select nothing, scorn nothing” was Ruskin’s advice to young artists working from Nature. This painting by William Inchbold shows in microscopic detail an appreciation of rocks, light and plant life, of which Ruskin would have approved.
(A larger version is available in the image gallery.)