Draw a Beard, You’ll Feel Better—That’s my advice today.
I have too many deadlines and I’m still working to organize the end of my year. I thought today’s image was a perfect way to stay in touch. I feel like I’m staring at my computer like this the past few weeks.
But painting a beard always makes me feel better.
Below, in the detail from today’s sketch you’ll see transparent layers of watercolor glazed over earlier layers, and some layers wet-on-wet because I couldn’t wait! It’s usually best to wait. But the fun thing about working very quickly is that you make choices without second guessing them—like that Indian Yellow in the hair which I think adds to the intensity of the expression.
I used flat and round brushes for this. Take time to play with your brushstrokes. I used different brushes for the face (a 2-inch flat; second layer large filbert), hair (and the beard, 12 round), and the shirt (4 round). Painting is fun and experimental for me. I enjoy seeing what marks I can make with the different brushes.
And when I was all finished I didn’t like the background color so I added a little white gouache to my background color and covered the very top portion of the background with that mix. That’s the area I didn’t like.
Find something engaging to paint today! Work on a series for the weekend! Make it your own painting retreat.
Don’t sit too long at the computer. We all deserve a painting break.