Sunday, April 12, 2015

Roland Lee Drawing and Sketch Book Journaling Workshop

Roland Lee Drawing Class in St. George Utah
Learning to see edges as value changes
Eight accomplished artists joined together for my April class on Sketchbook drawing and journaling. It was a fun experience with some quality art produced. We started in the studio with a powerpoint demonstration and exercises to hone our ability to see values, edges, and shapes--key elements in drawing. The techniques I taught were designed to give them the tools they need to draw anything in nature. We then went outdoors to sketch on location at Green Gate Village, a delightful place with pioneer homes, buggies, and old cars. Ed and Lindy Sandstrom, the owners, are kind enough to allow our workshop participants to sketch there frequently. Those attending included: Kurtis Larsen, Mark Rose, Peggy Hackney, Elsa Howard, Sharon Bunderson, Shari Cannon, Yvonne Hatton and Carol Lopacinski.
Gathering for a group photo at Green Gate Village during Roland Lee Drawing Workshop
Carol Lopacinski getting ready to sketch at Green Gate Village
Kurtis Larsen working in his sketch book at Green Gate Village

Shari Cannon sketching on the lawn at Green Gate Village in St. George Utah
Artist Mark Gunn Rose drawing on location in his Watson Guptill Sketchbook

Peggy Hackney finds a comfortable place to sketch during Roland Lee Drawing Workshop in St. George

Elsa Howard, Peggy Hackney and Shari Cannon in the studio during a Roland Lee Drawing Workshop at A Passion for Painting

Sharon Bunderson, Yvonne Hatton, and Kurtis Larson in Roland Lee Drawing Workshop

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Looking Back 35 Years to Art West Magazine

Irene Emett presents Roland Lee with a 1981 copy of Art West magazine which featured Roland's work as a new artist.

What a fun experience I had yesterday at the St. George Art Festival. A wonderful old friend Irene Emett stopped by my display with her family and presented me with a 1981 copy of "Art West" magazine that had a nice article on my paintings. She had purchased it while living in Montana and first became acquainted with my paintings. Later she moved to Veyo, Utah to live near her family and found out I was living in nearby Dammeron Valley. What was more fun, I was her Bishop in the LDS church. So we became personal friends. Well, I never knew about the magazine until she told me the story yesterday. Back in 1981, after a sell-out show at the Phippen Memorial show in Prescott Arizona, I was "discovered" by Art West magazine and they did a wonderful feature article on my work. It really helped my career as a new western artist. Wow, it's fun looking back, and it's great to have such good friends!
A 1981 issue of Art West Magazine with a feature article on artist Roland Lee

Friday, April 03, 2015

Sold! Painting Sales at St. George Art Festival

Art Collector Rachel Carignan and artist Roland Lee

"Pine Valley Autumn" original watercolor by Roland Lee 
Art Collector Rachel Carignan purchased my new painting "Pine Valley Autumn." Rachel has collected many other Roland Lee original watercolor paintings in the past. She was on hand at the presentation of my "Excellence in Art" award last night and picked up the painting today at the St. George Arts Festival. Thanks to all who stopped by my display today, and those who attended he award presentation last night at the City Council meeting.
Ken Andersen purchased two paintings from Roland Lee at the 2015 St. George Art Festival

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Watercolor Paintings for the St. George Art Festival

I will be exhibiting a number of new original paintings at the St. George outdoor Art Festival this Friday and Saturday in the St. George City Town Square. The show runs from about 10am until 6pm both days with hundreds of booth displays, plus food, music, and activities for the kids. The weather will be fantastic so come on down.
Zion National Park

Jacob Hamblin Home

Pine Valley Autumn, Pine Valley Chapel
Zion National Park, Temple of Sinawava
Zion National Park Painting

Friday, March 27, 2015

Live demonstration in Zion National Park

Yesterday I was invited to present a live painting demonstration in Zion National Park for Soltis Investments. While some of their conference guests were hiking the canyons, and others were horseback riding along the Virgin River, others chose to watch me paint! I'm not sure they made the best choice, but it was fun to be with them in an intimate corner of the park and share my thoughts and feelings about the role of art in our busy world. Those attending were gracious and seemed to enjoy the experience, as I did. Thanks to my good friend Lyman Hafen for helping me, and to Tyler Wilkinson for setting it up. And a special thanks to Ken and Linda Crandall, who purchased one of my originals, "Watchman Glow" at LaFave Gallery afterwards.
Roland Lee painting in Zion National park
The finished painting, "Springtime in Zion"

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Painting Water in Watercolor - Workshop Painting Demonstrations

We enjoyed a pleasant painting workshop last week dealing with the nuances of painting water. I presented several of my favorite techniques for handling the tricky subject, including methods for lakes, rivers, and wet surfaces. We worked on several projects including the three subjects shown here. Most of the students are very experienced artists, so it was fun working with them. Thanks to Becky Whitney at A Passion for Painting for organizing the workshop.

Class demo - Duck Creek on Cedar Mountain. A slow-moving stream

Class demo - A winter pond with still water reflections

Class demo - Lone Rock at Lake Powell with smooth water

Friday, March 06, 2015

LaFave Gallery Displays New Roland Lee Paintings of Zion National Park

"Watchman Glow" a watercolor painting of Zion National Park by Roland Lee is on display at LaFave Gallery
Last Saturday we delivered 8 new paintings of Zion National Park to Kathy LaFave at LaFave Gallery in Springdale Utah. All the paintings are new, and have not been exhibited anywhere else. LaFave is readying her gallery for the Spring/Summer season, which begins soon. Located at the mouth of Zion National Park, the gallery gets traffic from the over 3 million visitors to the park each year. Sales were brisk last year and I am happy to present a whole new show this year. Stop by if you get in the area.
LaFave Gallery in Springdale is displaying 8 new Roland Lee paintings of Zion National Park

Friday, February 13, 2015

Two Paintings Sold at Sears Invitational Art Show

Tonight was the opening banquet and reception for the 28th annual Robert and Peggy Sears Invitational Art Show on the campus of Dixie State University. The show features works by about 135 artists in all mediums and genres. My good friend Royden Card was the featured artist and speaker. His words were inspiring and uplifting to all of us. Following the banquet George Handrahan was named as the featured artist for next year and won the Best of Show purchase award. Painting purchases were made by draw as the Eccles Gallery on campus was flooded with buyers. I was pleased to have both of my paintings snapped up in the first few minutes by Janet Sparks. she purchased "On the Farm"and "Yorkshire Dales Morn." The show remains on exhibit through March 29, 2015.
Collector Jan Sparks (middle) with friend Alice Allred (left) pose with Roland Lee at the Sears Invitational Art Show. Janice purchased two of Roland's paintings at the show.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

First Place DWS Spring Show Ponte Vecchio Painting

Roland Lee watercolor painting of the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence
I attended the reception for the 2015 Spring Exhibit and competition of the Dixie Watercolor Society tonight. Participation was great this year, and the competition was keen. I was grateful to receive First Place award in the signature artist category for my painting Porch at Ponte Vecchio. Watercolorist Jana Parkin was the juror.
Roland Lee won First Place award at the DWS Spring Art Show

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Roland Lee Painting of Zion National Park

I've been working on a series of new watercolor paintings of Zion National Park. Most are at the framer right now but I'll post a few over the next week or so. To see more new paintings visit my website and check out my business facebook page.

"Rio Virgin" 10 x 14 watercolor painting by Roland Lee of Zion National Park