Painting in Oils

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This book was not so much written as constructed, somewhat like a painting. It is a collection of teaching notes from nearly thirty years, each note created in the crucible of an art class. A comment from one of his readers: Ryno Swart has written a book as magical as the most successful painting . . . it says what needs to be said-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" 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 wherever you work and should soon become spotted and splashed with paint"

Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford (August 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466988207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466988200
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces

Customer Reviews

Unusually delightful!

 on August 22, 2017
By A.D.T.
Unusually delightful. I’ve been a painter for years and found this little treasure a delight. It brings back so many things I forgot and he makes it seem

This book of Reno Swart’s is such an inspiring treasure.

 on February 6, 2016
By Elizabeth Sandia
This is a wonderful book “Painting in Oils” by a gifted artist from South Africa. Figurative work that is lyrical and abstracted, fresh and alive.


 on January 1, 2014
By Warren
He has put into practical steps all that makes a painting into a masterpiece. I recommend this book to anyone looking for the real thing…paintings that move you and your viewer.

It was hard to see this product on my kindle.

One person found this helpful.
 on May 25, 2013
By Linda J. Shockley
This looks like a very enjoyable book, but it was difficult to read it on my kindle. Many of the lighter words and images faded out.

A Unique Approach Based on the French Art Academy

 on January 1, 2018
By Katherine Ring
As a professional artist , I continuously refer to books by masters. This is one of the top 10 books on my shelf, and the most re-read. I had the pleasure of studying with Ryno in Venice in Oct 2015. Those 10 days changed the way I paint, and think about painting. Ryno is a GENIUS, an intense, profound, hardcore teacher and painter. This book is concise, inspiring, beautiful and personal. It is one approach to painting. There may be millions of other approaches, but these concepts rock my world, daily.

This is excellent

 on February 24, 2013
By BarbaraM
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, where he also gives workshops, and this book is a masterly presentation of his teaching notes.

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