Max Beckmann was the next artist to be studied in the Studying Under the Masters: Portraits class. He was a German artist and many of his paintings have that dark haunted look to them. I wasn't sure if I was going to like his art or not.
But after checking out a book from the library about him, I found many paintings that I really liked that were not so dark. I also had an opportunity to dig out some oil sticks from my stash of art supplies.
Oil sticks are different than oil pastels. They are basically oil paint in a stick form and they are quite large in diameter, so when working small it is difficult to get good details--but the color is wonderful and creamy and they keep forever. The oil sticks I used are about 10 years old!! Then it came time to do my Beckmann style self portrait. I used acrylic paints on the self portrait.
On the right is a copy of a portrait that Beckmann painted of himself and his wife Quappi. I changed it just a little bit by replacing the bouquet in Quappi's hand with a glass of wine. One the left is the portrait I did of George and myself ( a combination of several different photos). I thought it would be fun to do the backgrounds and floor the same so it would look like they were at the same party.