|The paintings of artist Roland Lee are featured in this new award-winning book. Eight of the featured artists will participate in a special show and book signing April 25-26|
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Art of the National Parks - A compendium of artists who are at the forefront of twenty-first-century American landscape and wildlife art
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|Artist Roland Lee stands by his award-winning painting at the 2014 Sears Invitational Art Show at Dixie State University in Utah|
|Award-winning Roland Lee painting "Irish Welcome"|
|Roland Lee painting "Shakespeare Memories" based on a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon|
Monday, March 17, 2014
|Drew uses his sketchbook to study the values and shapes of the red cliffs during a Roland Lee drawing class|
Because drawing is so fundamental to all the visual arts, I try to teach at least one drawing workshop during the year. Last week we held that class in St. George and 12 wonderful artists attended. Learning to see with the "Artists Brain" instead of the "Intellectual brain" is critical. The artists brain sees shapes and values while the intellectual brain wants to identify and record data, information, and things. I taught this class how we identify shapes because of their edges. We see edges because of value changes. Once we learn to look for edges, values, and shapes we can draw anything from portraits to landscapes in just a few minutes. I showed the class how I use travel sketchbook vignette drawings to record my experiences, and often use those drawings and my memories to develop larger studio paintings. We also learned how to use small "thumbnail" value studies as a preparation for full-size paintings. This was an exceptional class, and they succeeded in picking it all up very rapidly.
|Two students sketch the red rocks during Roland Lee drawing class|
|Deerdre sketches the Woodward school Tower in Roland Lee's drawing class|
Sunday, March 02, 2014
We are in Ridgecrest California for a few days, teaching a watercolor workshop for the Desert Artists League. Yesterday on the way down we took a sidetrip through Death Valley National Park. Being the lowest point in the nation you expect it to be sweltering hot, and it usually is. But with a rare series of heavy rains over the past two days, the valley was inundated with water and we enjoyed a real visual treat both in the sky and on the ground. Enjoy the photos.