Oil painting in life classes

For the last two weeks we have been using oil paints in Mark Kelland’s life class. First week a lady painted on a deep blue background on paper. This week a large man on a white canvas. I’m trying to keep the colours bright, but I keep forgetting that oil does not dry as quickly in acrylic and I kept mixing the colours.

What I would love to achieve are the colours I saw in August Macke’s painting that we saw in MoMA in New York earlier in the month.


This painting was completely new to me and I loved it. Hardly anyone was looking at it, because it had no caption and it wasn’t on the audio guide. One young chap was studying, and when I said that l really liked it he was very enthusiastic, saying it was one of the best paintings in the museum. I agreed.



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