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Exploring atmosphere and mood with Ryno Swart

Join romantic figurative oil painter Ryno Swart for this informative Special Arty Class. Filmed live from South Africa on 4th February 2021.

** In memory of Ryno, who sadly passed away in 2021 due to Covid we have made this recording free for all. No SKA Patron membership is now required. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch **


See Reference photo and recommended materials below:

In this workshop you will explore a detailed study of atmosphere and mood as vital aspects of figurative art when working from a drawing. Ryno will work through the various elements that make figurative painting looking at the following aspects:-

• Composition

• Life study

• Colour beginning

• Linework

• Scumble darks

• Proportion

• Direct painting

• Impasto

• Edges, lost and found

• Finish

• Atmosphere v detail

Recommended materials • Stretched canvas: 10 x 14 inches. Ryno uses Belgian linen in a fine weave. Otherwise Winsor & Newton or Primart • A wooden palette • 2 palette cups • Brushes, (bristle) The best brushes are Dynasty series 1350F Nos 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2, flats. Varnishing brush 4cm and a palette knife • Genuine turpentine. • Pigments. Ryno uses Rowney Georgian: Ivory black Burnt Sienna Raw umber Sap green French ultramarine blue Alizarin crimson Cadmium red Cadmium yellow Raw Sienna Titanium white • A hard cover sketch book: Primart “visual diary” • 4B or 5B pencil

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