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March Member Meeting
Magaret Pettis
March 6, 2018
7:00 PM

Are you ready for an evening of exploration in line and wash?

Come join me for a chance to delve into ink sketching techniques then tackle a variety of quick sketches that will help underpin and inspire your later work in watercolor or ink wash. I plan to introduce you to what I call ‘shadow hunting’ and the gathering of ‘a palette of lines.’  I promise you will leave the short workshop with a quiver of new ideas to augment your own practice of searching for and memorizing what you see afield.

Margaret Pettis taught art in Murray then freshman English in Cache Valley for 41 years. She also taught art and English to state and county inmates in the Cache County Jail. In the ‘70s, she packed mules as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, where she carried a bottle of India ink and crow quills pens in her saddlebag. For thirty years, she illustrated the newsletters of the Utah Wilderness Association, High Uintas Preservation Council, and Project Wild (State of Utah.)  

She has led countless sketching workshops for Audubon, Navajo children in Blanding, the Stokes Nature Center, school districts and private groups. Margaret has a deep love of Utah’s wild places and critters, the subject of several series of regularly published illustrated essays in the Deseret News, Ogden Standard Examiner and Logan Herald Journal.

 In 1993, she was named Utahs Poet of the Year; the Utah State Poetry Society published her book, Chokecherry Rain, depicting twelve of her woodcuts. In 2007 she backpacked for three months through Greece, Sicily and the islands off Positano, Italy, illustrating the wanderings of Odysseus. In 2017 she ‘drew’ a large format book featuring nearly 300 of her sketches of Utah’s special places. Margaret continues to organize SketchCrawls in Logan and Salt Lake City. 

Please bring these tools to Margaret's presentation March 6th.
Necessary: Pencils in the B range, Sakura Pigma micron pen or similar fine tip black pen.
     Sketchbook, Art pad, or just paper
     Watercolor brush, tube or pod of black watercolor (washes) cup for water, paper towel.
     Optional: Tombow pen

If you'd rather not participate, please come anyway, watching is also learning.

Sons of Utah Pioneers Hall
3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 S.)
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
First Tuesday of each month. 7-9 pm.

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