Jim Petty – The Joy of Sketchbook Journaling – March 9 – 10, 2024


Keeping a sketchbook journal is a great way to record an event, memory or an interesting view of your world. Basic drawing will be covered along with perspective and values. This course is both in the classroom and outdoors. Hours: 9am – 4pm

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A Nationally known painter, Jim Petty’s work is in collections from Florida to California. His style and subject matter transcend that of regional artists; his paintings feel at home in Minnesota or Arizona.

A Word from the Artist….
My interest in art began as a youngster growing up in Minnesota. Following high school, I entered Mankato State University and then Mankato Tech. I joined a large company in Minnesota as a designer of scholastic products. In 1981, I began building a design career in Advertising. While vacationing in New Mexico, I knew that I would one day live and paint there. For almost five years, I lived in Northern New Mexico between Santa Fe and Taos on the San Juan Reservation, which was an ongoing spiritual adventure.

Painting in watercolor has been in my blood since I was a student and saw a book showing Andrew Wyeth’s work. I couldn’t help but be shaped by those early images of quiet, reflective settings and people. I wanted to capture places deep in the soul that allow the viewer to go through the process of introspection. Making paintings that depict people and places in a realistic way always fascinated me. Taking a blank, white surface and filling it with a realistic image that evokes a feeling in the viewer is my goal. A strong wood is always present in my paintings. I want to leave the viewer with the impression of a story being told, whether a figure is in the painting or you have the sense that someone has just been there.

Jim lives in Green Valley, AZ and showcases his work in Stone House of Tubac; a gallery he and his wife opened in 2012. During the summer months they travel to other states to do artistic projects and fine art.

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It’s not a competition - having fun is our goal! Keeping a sketchbook journal is a great way to record an event, vacation, memory or an interesting view of your world at any time; You can record your life’s everyday events of all kinds, then recall that memory years later. Working in the sketchbook will sharpen your hand-eye coordination and keep your mind active while observing the world around you. Basic drawing skills will be useful to you, but are not required. Basic drawing will be covered along with perspective and values. You might use your drawings to do small thumbnail sketches for a painting or notes about your everyday life. The small amount of materials and low cost of needed supplies for sketchbook journaling is appealing to all of us and you may want to embellish your drawings with watercolor or acrylics. We will be working both in the classroom and