ArtistVision. Seeing; feeling; painting.Ryno Swart's masterclass for figurative artists


Technique is the touch of the bow on the strings, the fingers to the clay; the brush on the canvas. It is the layering of tone, colour, texture, line and movement into fields not only expressive, but symphonic.

Art, at its highest level is not recording nor copying. It is making music. The work must be expressive expressive of the finer emotions, such as generosity, energy, honesty, passion, courage. Crude painting is expressive of nothing.

Like Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", the great drama of Shakespeare, and the sculpture of the Parthenon stand apart in the fact that they move us. Like a great opera or ballet, they can bring us to tears, not of sadness, nor of happiness, but of overwhelming awe.

It is not only the great works, the symphonies that move us, it is also the small chamber pieces and the sonatas that have this power. We find it in a gypsy violin, or a fine drawing.

Greatness is within our reach. What we have to do is to stop grasping for it and to love. Then we need to acquire the simple, free, loose techniques of our art to express this.

Mozart, Paganini, Rembrandt, Titian, Turner, most likely were born to virtuosity. But it is only the perfect mastery of technique that makes them the great masters that they are.

So for us. We are born to perfection, "Trailing clouds of glory do we come from God..." For the full expression of our love, we need to learn the techniques of the masters, from the masters.

I hope you will join me in this research.