Well, I fell into a crochet hole after that baby-visit.
And I was also a bit overwhelmed by all the Lisbon photos on my harddrive - just looking through all of them has taken forever, and although there are lots worth sharing, I really don't want to flood my Flickr stream with pages and pages of symposium photos. I'll look into creating an online album somewhere else, and then link to that.
I really enjoyed meeting so many sketchers in Lisbon, and also finally meeting in person people I have been following and interacting with online over the past 3 years or so. Being me, I needed a bit of time off in between all the activities - just being with that many people for days on end was quite overwhelming - and I spent part of each day doing something on my own or just resting. Although most of the workshops were really good and well organised I was really more interested in seeing people work (and teach), and if I get a second chance at a symposium I will probably prioritise the lectures over taking part in workshops - I missed at least half of them this time around.
Seeing Marina Grechanik sketch in watercolours was a bit of a revelation, and I realised the watercolour pencil was a great way to get that line back in. Line is where I feel at home, whereas colour makes me uncertain so paints are quite intimidating on their own! Ink pen with watercolour wash tends to become more of a colouring book technique with me - just filling in the shapes after the drawing is done - and then I'd rather just draw in pens alone, but working with watercolour and watercolour pencils at once is very interesting. The pencil can be used on both wet and dry surface, with different characteristics, and reworked with wet washes on top. I'm still just in the beginning stages of experimenting, and having lots of fun with it. You can see my sketches of a friend and her baby in the preceding entry, and here are some sketchbook journal entries in my little watercolour Moleskine - I will be posting more over the next few days as I already have quite a few to share.
Meeting other artists and working with them is very inspiring.