Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fall Watercolor Classes Starting

Join us as we paint quaint English cottages

Irish and English cottages and castles will be the subject of our next class
Roland Lee's Fall watercolor classes are starting up soon. Register now:

Sept 5-6 “English Cottages - Painting the British Isles” – Roland has just returned from a painting research trip to Europe and the British Isles. He filled a travel sketchbook with on-location drawings and is working on a new series of watercolor paintings from them. We will use his photographs as reference as we learn to paint the charm and beauty of English Castles, manor houses, thatched cottages, and quaint villages. We will paint in the studio. Class fee $175

Oct 3-4 “Making Great Paintings from Photos” – Do you wonder what to do with those zillions of digital images from your travels? We will learn how to use them as a springboard to make wonderful paintings. Using “artistic license” we will learn the methods for making awesome paintings from not-so-awesome photos and infuse them with our own imagination. Bring your photos and ideas or use Roland’s photos. We will paint in the studio. Class fee $175

About the workshops:
Classes are held at A Passion for Painting. Time is 9am to 4pm each day with a 1-hour lunch break (on your own.) Art class fee is $175 due at reservation. 10 student limit.

To register contact: Becky Whitney
A Passion for Painting
310 E. Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770
(435) 628-5890

For materials list go to:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Successful show opening in St. George

Thanks to all those who joined me for the opening reception of my new art show. Special thanks to all those who purchased a painting or new print. As we expected my new print of Adare Manor was the popular item, especially for those who travelled with us to Ireland. I also gave a talk and powerpoint demonstration of the trip and how I work up my sketches into finished paintings. We will do a one-night show in Salt Lake City next week bringing many of the originals to display and sell. The date and location will be announced soon.
Yep. I made all these paintings! 
20 new paintings from our tour of the British Isles and Europe

Gallery visitors on opening night

Three famous art collectors: Sandy, Gail, and Barbara

Friday, August 09, 2013

You are invited tonight

Roland Lee sketching in Rothenburg Germany. Come see my travel sketchbook and new paintings from Europe and the British Isles.
Tonight is the night. Please join us tonight Aug 9 from 6pm to 9pm at the Roland Lee Gallery for the opening reception of my show "Paintings of the British Isles and Europe." We have over 20 new original paintings on display plus some brand new giclee prints. At 7pm I will give a talk and powerpoint about sketching and painting on location. Come if you can. 165 North 100 East St. George. See you tonight!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

You're Invited! Opening Reception for Europe and British Isles Exhibit

Adare Manor Ireland original watercolor 21 x 29 - Prints available
My gallery is hung with 22 new paintings, and you're invited to stop by and see them. Lots of brand new originals and giclee prints too. We'll have a reception both Thursday Aug 8 and Friday Aug 9 from 6 to 9 pm. I will give a little talk at 7pm about how I use my travel sketchbook to work up my finished studio paintings. Please come join us.
Click here for a preview
Roland Lee Studio and Gallery
165 North 100 East #2, First East Office Plaza
St. George, UT 84770
Also open weekdays from 10am to 5pm

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Show Opens. Adare Manor Carriage House Painting

Just a reminder, my art show from the British Isles is now open. You can stop by my gallery weekdays from 10am to 5pm. You are invited to my reception Thursday and Friday evening from 6 to 9pm. I will give a little talk both nights about how I sketch and paint on my travels.
"Adare Manor Carriage House" 5 x 8 watercolor $500 Matted and Framed

Sketchbook drawing of Adare Manor Carriage house done on location in Ireland
I generally am not planning paintings when I use my sketchbook. I am usually just cementing the scene and image in my memory banks. The interesting thing about this method is that you use all your senses, and the image is recalled with greater clarity. After sketching on location I can almost paint the scene without reference.

Warwick Castle Bridge, from sketchbook to painting

I found this little arched bridge near the old mill behind the Warwick Castle. It was a wonderful little pastoral scene with flowers, water lilies, and nice reflections in the dark water. I knew when I did my sketchbook drawing that I would have to also paint this peaceful English scene. My show of paintings and drawings from the British Isles will be on display in my gallery all month. Stop by if you get a chance.
I did this little sketchbook drawing on location at Warwick Castle, knowing I would do a painting later.

"Warwick Castle Mill Bridge" 5 x 8 watercolor $500 matted and framed 

Warwick Castle Mill Bridge painting in process in the studio. My reference material is nearby along with my two Eldajon palettes and Daniel Smith paints.