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 painting....it 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 Amazon.co.uk. Unfortunately Amazon.com 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.