”If you can paint one leaf, you can paint the World.’ So wrote John Ruskin in his book Modern Painters, in a chapter called ‘On Leaf Beauty.’
Ruskin often made detailed studies of plants and felt that it was more instructive and revealing to start with the intricate details before tackling the whole. As he put it: ‘We cannot learn to paint leaves by painting trees full; nor grass by painting fields full. Learning to paint one leaf rightly is better than constructing a whole forest of leaf definitions.’
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