Saturday, May 06, 2017

Spring Plein Air Watercolor Workshop at Mt. Carmel

Jon Lee painting the Mt. Carmel Cliffs

Really fun time at my watercolor workshop this week. We headquartered at the Orderville Events Center with a beautiful classroom facility and did plein air painting in the Mt. Carmel/East Zion/Bryce areas. We enjoyed painting in the steps of Maynard Dixon and Milford Zornes and were able to tour the Maynard Dixon home and studio thanks to the graciousness of Paul and Susan Bingham.

Classroom at the Orderville North Events Center
Workshop participants included: Kathy McFadden, Nannette Child, Linda Miller, Barbara Prestwich, Mark Rose, Micki Hutchinson, JoAnn Hall, Summer Stratton, Nancy Thompson, Pat Christensen, Max Lee and Jon Lee
Kathy McFadden plein air painting

Hard at work

Nanette Child and Micki Hutchinson work on their paintings

Mark Rose painting outdoors

Barbara Prestwich plein air painting at workshop 

Summer Stratton shows off watercolor painting

Micki Hutchinson at work in Orderville Utah

Max Lee working on his sketchbook

Pat Christensen finds a shady spot to paint
Susan Bingham takes us on a tour of the Maynard Dixon property in Mt. Carmel Utah

Linda Miller does a sketchbook study

JoAnn Hall and Jon Lee painting en plein air

Nancy Thompson finds a shady spot to sketch

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Blown Away at the Rockville Bridge Plein Air Event

The winds howled, and we had to hang on to our paintings, but we weathered three days of outdoor painting to raise funds for the Rockville Bridge restoration. Luckily I had my trusty art assault vehicle, my 1988 Toyota 4x4 with 1992 Six Pac Super Mini Camper to help block the wind and provide shelter from time to time. All 15 invited artists had a blast and we had good sales as well.

1988 Toyota Hilux with Six Pac Camper - The perfect Art Vehicle
1988 Toyota Hilux with Six Pac Camper at Smith Mesa

1988 Toyota Hilux with Six Pac Camper in front of Mount Kinesava at Zion

Roland Lee plein air painting on Grafton Road near Zion

Had to duck out of the wind behind my 1988 Toyota Hilux with Six Pac Camper 

Painting the cliffs of Zion National Park from Grafton Road. Plein air by Roland Lee

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First Place at St. George Art Festival

Over 110 artists and 30,000 visitors showed up for the 38th edition of the St. George Art Festival. I was happy to win First Place in watercolor for my painting "Navajo Loop Trail - Bryce Canyon." Thanks to all who stopped by my display  and a special thanks to some wonderful new collectors who purchased six of my original paintings during
Happy collectors make a happy artist

Roland Lee and first place award at the St. George Art Festival
the festival.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Paintings Ready for St. George Art Festival

Two little 6 x 9 gems framed in gold by Roland Lee

Now in its 38th year, the St. George Art Festival gets underway this weekend April 14-15, 2017. I have exhibited my paintings at this wonderful outdoor art show since the first year, and once again, I'm ready to go for the 2017 edition. Stop by my booth C-15 where I will over 30 original paintings on display.
"A Table for Two" 6 x 9 watercolor by Roland Lee

Saturday, April 08, 2017


I have a number of exhibits and art events coming up soon. I would love to have you come and see my newest paintings. Click here to see my 2017 schedule of Events
I am involved in a number of Plein Air events this year

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Roland Lee Speed Painting

I've started releasing a few time lapse videos of my paintings. It's kind of fun to watch several hours compressed into 40 seconds -- great for people with short attention spans. Take a look at this one of a beautiful desert sunset. "Sand Hollow Sunset"
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"Sand Hollow Sunset" Watercolor painting by Roland Lee
Watch a short 40 second time-lapse video

Kellers Purchase Painting of Spain Scene

I've enjoyed working on a few paintings from our recent trip to Spain. One of my favorite places we visited was the famous "Alhambra" in Granada. I did some sketching there, of course, and also shot some reference photos which I have been able to use in creating these new studio pieces. I was pleased that my good collectors, Gary and Linda Keller, purchased my painting "Palacio del Generalife," or "Summer Palace," one of the spectacular palaces in the Alhambra complex.
"Palacio del Generalife" 10 x 14 watercolor of "The Alhambra" by Roland Lee

Gary and Linda Keller purchased this painting of the "Alhambra" in Granada Spain.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Off the walls. "Cedar Breaks Overlook" Sold

"Cedar Breaks Overlook" sold at Sears Invitational
I was pleased that my painting "Cedar Breaks Overlook" sold at the Sears Invitational Art Show. My painting "Navajo Loop Trail" also received second place award in watercolor.

Roland Lee with award-winning painting "Navajo Loop Trail - Bryce Canyon"

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Just Released. New Roland Lee Instructional DVD

I'm excited to announce the release of my third instructional DVD called "Cliffs of Zion". In this new DVD I walk the viewer through the entire process from reference photo, sketches and initial value study clear through to the finished painting. Techniques such as wet-into-wet skies, scumbling for rock textures, and negative painting for foliage are all demonstrated. You can click here to see a free preview of the video along with a speed painting of the whole process.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The third day of the Arts to Zion artists studio tour continues today. Royden Card and I are enjoying the many people who have stopped by to see our artwork. The open house continues Saturday January 14 and Monday January 16.
Royden Card with his acrylic paintings at the Roland Lee Gallery

Roland Lee with new paintings of the National Parks during the Arts to Zion tour