|Roland Lee paints during 2016 Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational|
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Youtube video for Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational. Features plein air artist Roland Lee and others describing their participation in the 2015 event. Click here to see 3 minute video
I was pleased to be featured in the regional magazine "Salt Lake" spotlighting my artwork and my eight year participation in the Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational. The article is entitled, "Art of Wonder - Roland Lee celebrates the National Parks Centennial by painting Zion National Park. Again." As one of the final events in the National Parks Centennial year, this is a a great time to honor those who helped establish the National Park system and made it the great treasure it is today. Early artists such as Thomas Moran and Maynard Dixon celebrated its beauty then, as artists today celebrate it still. pp. 51-52 Written by Lyman Hafen.
|A group watches as I paint at the Zion Lodge on Saturday|
|Lots of photos of the finished demo painting|
|The lucky auction winners of my Wednesday demo "Towers at One O'clock". Mr. and Mrs. David Baldridge.|
|Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Child purchased my plein air painting "Angel in the Morning."|
Monday, October 31, 2016
Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Lemons who purchased two of my Zion National Park paintings from the Arts to Zion exhibit at Gallery 35.
|Two Roland Lee watercolor paintings of Zion National Park were purchased at Gallery 35|
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I was thrilled to receive the "Best of Show" Award at the Fall juried exhibit of the Utah Watercolor Society. My painting "Cliffside Oasis" received the award along with a $500 prize. I was also honored to receive the "Juror's Choice" award for my painting "Misty Morning Zion" a watercolor painting of the Watchman cliff in Zion National Park. The juror was award-winning artist Iain Stewart.
|Nellie and Roland Lee in front of his painting "Misty Morning Zion" which received "Jurors Choice" award|
|Juror Iain Stewart and Roland Lee stand by "Best of Show" painting "Cliffside Oasis."|
Sunday, September 18, 2016
|"Zion Misty Morning" 10 x 14 watercolor by Roland Lee|
I was pleased to have two paintings juried in to the Fall n Utah Watercolor Society Exhibition. The exhibit will be on display October 7 through November 5, 2016 at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre Loge Gallery in Salt Lake City. Noted watercolorist and Juror Iain Stewart selected "Cliffside Oasis" and "Zion Misty Morning" for the exhibit.
|"Cliffside Oasis" Watercolor Painting by Roland Lee|
juried into the Fall 2016 Utah Watercolor Society Show
Monday, September 12, 2016
|Bryan Mark Taylor (left) and Roland Lee plein air painting in Zion National Park|
|Bryan Mark Taylor in Zion National Park|
|Karen Lee Luz plein air painting in Zion with her Strada Easel|
|Plein air painting in Zion National Park|
|Painting of Taylor Creek in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park|
|Cedar Breaks National Monument at Point Supreme|
I just sent two new studio paintings for display in Zion National Park as part of the 2016 Zion Plein Air event. The 24 artists selected have been asked to submit two paintings for a special exhibit which will remain on display through Thanksgiving. In this special "Centennial Edition" artists were asked to paint one of Zion and another national park or monument. My second painting is of Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Monday, August 01, 2016
|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.