Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Salt Lake City Artist Group Comes to St. George Painting Workshop

Instead of traveling to Salt Lake City to present a watercolor workshop, I had a special group of artists come from Salt Lake to St. George this week. We enjoyed to two days together hashing through the principles of art and learning to see in nature. What as outstanding bunch of artists with really good questions! These wonderful artists get together once a week to paint and it shows in their work. Their eagerness to learn was only matched by their ability to pick up new concepts quickly. We spent most of the time in the studio at A Passion for Painting, but we slipped away for some close-up observation and sketching up in the Red Hills Desert Reserve. Artists included: Virginia Pearce, Heidi Vriens, Laurel Finlinson, Antje Evans, Christena Gates, Joan Reynolds, Dixie Stoddard, Jan Zwick, and Margo Cook.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

New Visions Art Show Held at Santa Clara Town Hall

Roland Lee paints oudoors during the Quick Draw at the Santa Clara New visions Art Show a
We enjoyed two days at the Santa Clara Town Hall for the third annual New Visions Art Show. All the artists were present for a terrific indoor show and sale, plus an outdoor "quick draw" event on Saturday. Each artist had all day to paint and at the conclusion a silent auction was held for the completed and framed pieces. The bidding was fast and furious as the show wound down to the final seconds.

Larry and Rebecca Isakson with artist Roland Lee and the painting they purchase by silent auction
Larry and Rebecca Isakson won the bid for my painting of a desert scene, as well as several other paintings.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You've heard of a "Quick Draw" -- Come see a "Slow Draw" on Saturday

Roland Lee painting completed during the 2009 New Visions art show<br />Roland Lee art exibit at the 2009 New Visions Art Exhibit held at the Santa Clara Town Hall

Plan to stop by the "New Visions" art show at the Santa Clara Town Hall this Friday and Saturday May 14 - 15. I will be joining a number of other artists represented by Jane Juber's Mission Gallery and Authentique Gallery with new paintings and my new suite of LDS Historical giclee prints. The show runs Friday from 1 - 7pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm.

A highlight of the show will be a Saturday "Quick Draw" where all the artist will paint on the spot during the day followed by a silent auction of the framed paintings at 3:30pm. Since we're being given 5 hours to do the paintings, I'm calling it a "Slow Draw." It might be a great chance to pick up a nice original at a great price, and get to see it painted before your eyes!

A portion of all sales will benefit the Sant Clara mural project. The event is at the Santa Clara Town Hall, 2603 Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara. Call Kathleen V. Nielson at 229-8310 or Jane Juber at 313-5008 for more information.
Roland Lee art exibit at the 2009 New Visions Art Exhibit held at the Santa Clara Town HallRoland Lee painting completed during the 2009 New Visions art show

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Plein Air Workshop in Zion and Grafton Ghost Town

Mark Rose finds a shady spot with a great view

The Hurricane Valley Art Alliance invited me to teach a two-day watercolor painting workshop in Zion National Park and Grafton Ghost Town last week. Our group was small, which made us very mobile. We spent the first morning indoors where I used powerpoint to help us learn what to look for when we got outdoors. That afternoon was spent in the wonderful ghost town of Grafton which is near Rockville. The old school house has been in many movies including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." While we were sketching tourists would look over our shoulders in amazement. The next day we travelled to Zion National Park where we enjoyed painting along the Virgin River near the Zion Lodge. It was a perfect day.

Brienne Brown sets up her easel overlooking the Grafton Ghost town with Mount Kinesava looming behing her.

Mark Rose, Barbara Withelder, and Carol Larson relax by the Virgin River.