Back earlier in the summer I won a blog giveaway of a free art workshop on the online event "Artful Gathering". The workshop I won (an $80+ value!) was Pam Carriker's Visual Journalism 101, which was comprised of 5 sessions in July. Ironically, the free workshop was kind of like the proverbial $600 tomato that gardeners grow: I had to upgrade our internet speed, upgrade my mac's operating system, buy supplies of course, and ultimately had to have a whole new computer to take advantage of this opportunity. But it was all worth it, as I learned some really great paint and composition techniques -- since I have next to no art background. Above and below are two of the pages I made.