Friday, August 17, 2018

See you at Maynard Dixon Country

Join us at Maynard Dixon Country August 22 - 25, 2018

Schedule of events 2018 Maynard Dixon Country

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fordson Tractor Painting Sold

Tony and Wendy Kraatz with new Roland Lee painting of a Fordson Tractor
Thanks to Tony and Wendy Kraatz who stopped by the studio and picked out "Retired" for their collection. It is a painting of a very old Fordson tractor which rests comfortably on the Mathews Ranch in Nevada.
Old Fordson Tractor at Mathews Ranch in Nevada
Painting by Roland Lee

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Everybody's a Critic - Plein Air Magazine

Roland Lee article in September issue of Plein Air Magazine

The current issue (September 2018) of Plein Air Magazine features me on the the back page "Postcards from the Road"! Well, not as fun as being on the front cover, but still, next to the back cover ain't bad. I tell about an experience I had with a curious cow while painting at Grafton Ghost town. My painting took a "lickin" when I wasn't lookin'. Somebody said it gave new meaning to the term "wet into wet" but another quipped "the cow's got good taste in art." Editor Kelly Kane just said "everybody's a critic!"




Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Join Me at Plein Air Utah Sept 11-15, 2018


I will be one of dozens of plein air instructors at the Plein Air Utah event in Midway UT Sep 11-15, 2018. Check out the list of teachers and presenters below and register now. It's already 2/3 full with only 100 openings. Can't wait to paint elbow to elbow with some of my favorite artists.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Award of Merit at Utah Watercolor Society Small Painting Show

Roland Lee wins Award of Merit at Red Butte Gardens

Award of Merit 2018 Spring Utah Watercolor Society Small Paintings Show

"Garden Dance"


It was fun to have both my painting and the paintings of my two sons, Jim and Jon, all represented in the 2018 UWS Small paintings show at Red Butte Gardens. I was fortunate to win an Award of  Merit. The juror was Al Rounds.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Plein Air Magazine Features Roland Lee Painting Experience in Postcards from the Road

Thanks to Kelly Kane, editor of Plein Air Magazine for including my story about an unusual outdoor painting experience in the August/September 2018 issue of Plein Air Magazine. "A nosy cow gives new meaning to wet in wet."
Story in July/August issue of Plein Air Magazine

Monday, June 18, 2018

Western Art and Architecture Magazine ad for Maynard Dixon Country

My painting "Desert Tempest" is featured in a new ad in "Western Art and Architecture Magazine" sponsored by the Thunderbird Foundation. Thanks to Paul and Susan Bingham for inviting me to participate in Maynard Dixon Country August 22-25 in Mt. Carmel, Utah.
August 2018 issue Western Art and Architecture Magazine

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Taking over the Watercolor World

I have been coaching my two sons in watercolor the past few months and encouraging them to enter a few shows. All three of us entered the Utah Watercolor Society Small Painting Show and all three of us got in. The theme was florals, since the show is at the Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City. Show runs from June 22 to July 15. Hooray, we are taking over the watercolor world as a family!
Flower 5 x 7 watercolor by Jim Lee

Tulip 5 x 7 watercolor by Jon Lee

Lion House Flowers 4 x 6 watercolor by Roland Lee

Monday, May 14, 2018

2018-19 Utah Museums Traveling Exhibit

Roland Lee watercolor "Coal Creek" will be part of the 2019 Utah travellng exhibit

I am grateful to Fletcher Booth of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums for selecting my watercolor painting "Coal Creek," a painting of Cedar Mountain, to be part of the 2018-2019 traveling exhibit which will display first at the Utah State Capitol and at then at schools throughout Utah during the coming year.

UWS Juror's Award 2018 Spring Juried exhibition

Roland Lee received award at 2018 Spring Open Juried exhibition of Utah Watercolor Society

It's always good to be accepted in a juried exhibition but it is especially nice to receive an award. I was notified I have received "Juror's Award" for my painting "Zion Narrows" at the 2018 Spring Utah Watercolor Society Show. Thanks to juror Jeannie McGuire for the consideration.

"Zion Narrows" $200 Jurors Award at 2018 UWS Spring Art Show at VAI institute in Salt Lake City

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Connie Madsen and Maddie Morrill Art Show

I am so proud of my long-time student Connie Madsen who presented her first-ever watercolor show this past week. I was able to attend her show which was presented at her lovely home in Holladay Utah. She was joined by her talented granddaughter Maddie Morrill, a recent college art graduate who showed her intricate and detailed watercolor and acrylic paintings. Her sketchbook is a work of art i itself. Needless to say, my wife Nellie and I left with three of Connie's and three of Maddie's originals to add to our own collection.
Three watercolors by Connie Madsen added to my collection

Showing off the amazing sketchbook of artist Maddie Morrill

Monday, April 30, 2018

Plein Air Painters of Utah at Vermillion Cliffs and Marble Canyon Arizona

Roland Lee works on plein air painting at Vermillion Cliffs. Photo by Tom Howard

Getting a plein air painting started at Vermillion Cliffs

Finished plein air painting at Vermillion Cliffs

Painting by my trusty Six Pac camper
We had a fun week with the Plein Air Painters of Utah (PAPU) as we travelled to Vermillion Cliffs National Recreation area in Arizona. Russell Case showed us a few of his favorite painting spots including a tremendous view overlooking Marble Canyon.
I camped at Lee's Ferry for three nights in my Six Pac camper. this is my art assault vehicle.
These strange Toadstools or Hoodoos look like they will topple over any minute on my Six Pac camper

Finished plein air Painting 6 x 9 at Vermillion Cliffs AZ

I enjoyed painting and filling my sketchbook with on location drawings










Saturday, April 21, 2018

Join me at Plein Air Utah September 12-15

The Plein Air Artists of Utah have teamed up with the Midway Arts Association to present the second Plein Air Utah event September 12-15, 2018. Part rendezvous, part workshop, and plenty of fun, the event had 100 attendees last year. This years event is nearly sold out already so register now if you get a chance. the cost is $350 for all events.

The Midway Town Hall is the site of daily seminars and the art show at Plein Air Utah


Roland Lee painting at Plein Air Utah event in Midway UT

Roland Lee painting at Plein Air Utah 

Monday, April 16, 2018

April Watercolor Master Class


Front: Margo Cook, Jan Hansen, Shari Cannon, Susie Bytheway
Back: Mark Rose, Roland Lee

Wow! Another great Master Class with some special painters. Each worked on their own paintings while I coached them along. All the finished pieces are well-done and framable. I work with four or five experienced artists for two days each month in my studio and love it. Congratulations to all!

Monday, April 02, 2018

Utah Watercolor Society Spring Open Exhibit

I'm grateful to have two paintings juried into the 2018 Spring Open Exhibition of the Utah Watercolor Society. The exhibit will be at the Visual Arts Institute in Salt Lake City May 11 through June 16, 2018.
"Zion Narrows" 10 x 14 Watercolor

"Coal Creek" 18 x 24 Watercolor

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Invited to present at Maynard Dixon Campout and Symposium in August

Watercolorists Roland Lee and Jim Asher on the Maynard Dixon Property 

I have been invited to attend the Maynard Dixon Campout August 22-25 as a featured presenter and demonstrator. This will be an excellent opportunity to attend several seminars and demonstrations by some top western artists.
The following artists will be symposium participants and/or give painting demonstrations:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy Collectors Leave with Paintings

Jill Romney with Roland Lee and painting "Heaps Canyon"

Leslie Layton and Roland Lee with painting "Chessman Columbines"

Two wonderful collectors added new watercolor paintings to their collections today after stopping by my St. George studio. Jill Romney purchased "Heaps Canyon" while Leslie Layton bought "Zion Narrows." Leslie also bought my Utah Watercolor Society best of show award-winning painting "Chessman Columbines." Recently she also purchased my Dixie Watercolor Society Best of Show painting, "East Zion Aria."

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Peoples Choice Award at Dixie Watercolor Society exhibit

I was notified that my painting "Coal Creek received the Peoples Choice Award at the Spring exhibit of the DWS. It was a tie with my friend Eddi Malloy. Thanks everybody. The show was on display at Gallery 35.
"Coal Creek" watercolor painting 14 x 21 by Roland Lee


Saturday, March 10, 2018

1988 toyota 4WD Pickup and Six Pac Camper has new wheels

Old Blue, my trusty 1988 4WD Toyota Pickup with 1992 Six Pac Camper now has new wheels!

Good news. My trusty 1988 Toyota Pickup and Six Pac Camper "Art Assault Vehicle" now has new wheels and tires. The old rusted wheels had that special "look" but after a year I found four original equipment wheels to bring the old boy back to its original showroom sparkle. New OEM Toyota mud flaps completed the ensemble. Now I just need to raise the funds to get a new paint job. In the meantime, if you see me out painting plein air with "Old Blue" be sure to honk.