Saturday morning was still and quiet. It was so still you could hear the call of the gulls. So still you could hear the sound of the bell buoy as the waves gently rocked it on the water.
Last day of Journalfest. Today's class was called Pencil Dreams and was taught by Karen O'Brien. I became an instant fan of Karen's exquisite drawings. These are photos from her journals. Look at those eyes...
Karen showed us how to use clear gesso or absorbent ground medium painted over magazine images and then how add layers of color with several kinds of pencils to create unique faces. So great for the beginning drawer like me! After lunch we drew some fantasy faces. Karen explained these faces which don't quite follow traditional rules are easy to draw and sometimes become the most expressive faces you can imagine. Here are several faces that I've drawn and collaged. I love the way they turned out!
I had such a great time in Karen's class and learned techniques I know I will use in the future. I think that was one of the things I appreciated most about Journalfest. All the instructors were so completely open about sharing and teaching their techniques. I came home with a head overflowing with inspiration and ideas. Time well spent indeed.