Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ryno Swart @ the Anthenaeum

This is a review of Ryno Swart's book,  by Barbara Moore
He will be doing a demo the 28 March for SASA at the Athenaeum

Painting In Oils
by Ryno Swart

Ryno Swart is a master of painting in oils.  He spent many years in France, Greece, Italy and Holland and now has a delightful gallery on the main street in Simon's Town, just past Jubilee Square.  Here you can view his exciting paintings, and even join a workshop.

I spotted Ryno's book on one of my frequent visits to his gallery, and was enchanted at the wealth of wisdom and teaching, presented in a unique, simple and direct style that is remarkably effective. 

He has written a book as magical as the most successful says what needs to be said and no more, no less.  It gets to the heart of the matter and is peppered with pithy and relevant notes, such as:

"Half the skill of painting is leaving it alone"
"You can't make a painting work; you can only ALLOW it to work"
"A painting must be conducted like a military campaign; planned and organised and strategised".

The presentation of the teaching notes is unusual and works very well.  This is a book that should not lie on a coffee table or grace a bookshelf.  This is a book that should be propped up in your studio or where-ever you work, and should soon become spotted and splashed with paint.  

It contains a wealth of information from a sensitive artist who, despite rigid discipline, focus and hard work, approaches the art of painting in oils with a sensuality and a passion that reflects in his work and his teachings.

If you have Kindle on your iPad or similar, you may like to buy the book from  Unfortunately does not yet have a pricing for it.  You will need colour so a normal Kindle won't do.  Just use the search function on Amazon for "Ryno Swart" and you'll find it.


Last week we had a wonderful day out painting @Camps Bay. Stunning weather and a spectacular view.
We met up at 16.00 on the beach and sketched/painted for about two and a half hours. Afterwards, we had a "sundowner" in a great little Cafe, across the road!
Don't miss the next one. Watch out for the April News Letter !!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Art in the Park

The first Art in the Park exhibition held outdoors by SASA on Sunday March 3 was a resounding success!  Although 80 spaces were booked and allocated, there were a few blank 'spots' on the day, but that just allowed others to spread out a bit.  And the weather played ball as well - it was absolutely beautiful;  hot with just a welcome breeze every now and then ....  A number of members came from afar - Velddriff, Langebaan, Hermanus and Villiersdorp.

And original art seems to be coming back into fashion.  44 paintings were sold.  Well done to everyone.
Photo with permission by Mel Elliott.  The Elliott's came all the way from Villiersdorp to take part!