Monday, August 01, 2016

Cedar Breaks Plein Air and Wildflower Festival - "Arts Afire"

Roland Lee painting at Cedar Breaks National Monument. Photo by Jean Bjerke

Painting outdoors is always fun. But to spend an entire week painting en plein air in a National Monument is truly special. I was given that opportunity when invited to participate in "Arts Afire" at Cedar Breaks National Monument recently.  The glowing red and white cliffs that cascaded down into the amphitheater at Point Supreme and Chessman Point drew my attention immediately. But as the week progressed I found myself equally entranced by the gently rolling fields of colorful wildflowers surrounded by groves of Evergreens.
     Many people stopped to look over my shoulder as I worked along the rim, where tourists flocked to see the views. I cheerfully answered their questions and often agreed to pose with them for photos. The photo above was shot by professional Cedar City photographer Jean Bjerke, who caught my silhouette as the sun dropped behind the distant cliffs at Point Supreme. As the light faded and the brushes were put away,  I headed for my camper to await the dawn of another day.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Roland Lee interviewed for film "Sanctuary, Story of Zion"

Poster for "Sanctuary, The Story of Zion"
A nice interview with Roland Lee appears in the new stage production of "Zion, the Story of Zion National Park" being presented this summer at the OC Tanner Amphitheater at Zion. The show, written by talented musician and storyteller Sam Payne combines live music, storytelling, and video projection to trace Zion's history and relationship to its people over the centuries.  Producer Steve Lemmon and musical director Ryan Tilby teamed up with Payne and Nic Chamberlain to produce this wonderful show. Read a review here from the Desert Pulse.
Photo of OC Tanner Amphitheater production "Sanctuary, the story of Zion" presented the summer of 2016. Photo by Christina Gregg

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cedar Breaks Plein Air event "Arts Afire."

Artists Royden Card (left) and Roland Lee painting on the rim at Point Supreme in Cedar Breaks National Monument.

     What fun spending a week at 10,000 ft. elevation Painting Cedar Breaks National Monument. I was invited to join ten other nationally known artists to paint en plein air as part of the second annual "Arts Afire" event. We painted the spectacular red canyon as well as the unbelievable wildflowers and Fir trees that are so recognizable there.
     At the end of the week I presented a live painting demonstration at the Brian Head Giant Steps lodge while they held a silent auction of paintings. Culminating the week was a reception and kickoff of a two-month show featuring the paintings completed during the event. This was held at the spectacular new Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) on the campus of Southern Utah University. I was happy to meet lots of new art collectors and sell six of my ten paintings on opening night.

Many park visitors stopped to watch us paint

Painting plein air at Point Supreme in Cedar Breaks

One of the oldest Bristlecone Pines in the world at Cedar Breaks


Painting with my Sienna Pochade box in a lovely forest spot at Cedar Breaks

I had to return to this spot three evenings in a row to capture this sunset scene plein air

"The Hand" one of the features easily viewed from the Cedar Breaks Visitors Center


Saturday, June 04, 2016

Roland Lee 3-min Video Painting Bryce Canyon

In honor of the National Parks System Centennial celebration this year, I would like to share a few thoughts about the Parks, and what they mean to me. This is a new painting that is on exhibit at the St. George Art Museum called "Navajo Loop Trail - Bryce Canyon." Watch the short 3-minute video.
Roland Lee plein air painting in Bryce Canyon National Park

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sketching in the Mountains of Colorado

While staying with my daughter Jana and her family, I was able to get in some fun outdoor sketching. Their beautiful mountain home is surrounded by Evergreens of all kinds and big granite boulders. I love this place.
Plein air sketching in Conifer, near Evergreen, Colorado

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Roland Lee Plein Air Painting in Snow Canyon State Park


A group of wonderful artists looked on as I painted a little plein air watercolor painting of the red cliffs in Snow Canyon State Park recently. After the demonstration, we went on a little nature hike where I showed them the unique features of the canyon. Then they embarked on their own paintings.
Watching Roland Lee painting demonstration using a Sienna All-in-one box

Connie Madsen gets tips from Roland Lee

Finding "Moki Marbles" on the petrified sand dunes

Pretending we are Mountain Goats on Galoot Hill

Roland and Kathy McFadden discuss her painting

Cheryl Sasche had a nice outdoor setup for plein air painting

Jenee Wunderlich came all the way from Hawaii for the workshop

Sue Roach from Las Vegas Nevada

Mark Rose from American Falls Idaho

Mona Woolsey is an experienced painter

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

St. George Art Festival Brings New Collectors

BobbieLee Kosuge and her new painting

Thanks to the hundreds of people who showed up at the St. George Art Festival recently. The weather was grand and it was a great day for sales as well. The St. George Art Museum purchased some of my paintings and new collectors added a few more to their collections as well.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Utah Watercolor Society Spring Open Exhibition

I was pleased to have two paintings accepted into the Utah Watercolor Society Spring Open Exhibition. The two paintings are "Pine Creek Pageant" and "Autumn Falls". The show will be held at the Eccles Art Center in Ogden Utah May 3 through May 27, 2016.
Autumn Falls 10 x 14 watercolor

Pine Creek Pageant 14 x 21 Waterciolor

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

All Media Workshop held at New Electric Theater Arts Center

Great group of artists for Roland Lee's all-media workshop
About 15 artists signed up for my latest workshop sponsored by the Southern Utah Art Guild. It was held in St. George City's new Electric Theater Arts Complex. the facilities were wonderful and the artists were certainly equal to the task, as I presented my favorite tips and techniques from years of painting. Most were watercolorists, while about five painted in oils or acrylics. Thanks to Paul Jensen and the others on the workshop committee for their hard work in putting it all together. Participants included: Barbara Allen, Annie Barber, Maureen Booth, Stephen Cherry, Judy Ewing, Ilona Fellows, Sandy Fullerton, Sage Gallager, Jan Hansen, Paul Jensen, Georgia Johnson, Lynnette, Loughton, Mary Manning, Karen March, Carolyn Williams, Barbara Stevens.
A nice workshop facility at the Electric Theater Arts Center

Roland Lee does watercolor painting landscape demonstration

Roland Lee uses Powerpoint to teach art concepts during workshop

Monday, February 15, 2016

Utah Watercolor Society Workshop Scheduled March 18-19 in Salt Lake City

"Lake Powell Lustre" 11 x 14 Watercolor by Roland Lee
Join me in Salt Lake City March 18-19, 2016 for a two-day mini workshop called "Light Up Your Landscapes." Sponsored by the Utah Watercolor Society, the workshop will focus on seeing what nature does to catch our attention, and building up great paintings from mediocre reference photos. Both members and non-members of UWS can register. The event will be held at the Sons of Utah Pioneers Meeting Hall. Click here for complete information.