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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 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.
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