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

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

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch...

We're enjoying a quiet weekend tending Clear Creek Family Ranch for my son Jon while he and his family travel to a mission homecoming. The weather is amazing, the scenery is tops, and the animals are really hungry! Gathered a couple dozen eggs and introduced ourselves to the new pig Felipe (snort). Hope you are having a great Saturday too.
Felipe and I hit it off right away. He was hungry, and I had food. He's a new addition to Clear Creek Family Ranch.

Had to fill up the big water trough. About 100 deer get their water here during the night too.

Domestic turkeys watching the chickens have a buffet of scraps. Literally thousands of wild turkeys roam the Clear Creek Family Ranch as well.

Farmer Roland out standing in his field. Just before repairing a busted fence with duct tape at Clear Creek Family Ranch. Too much fun.
Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry. We had tons of feathered friends waiting for the feed buckets this morning. It's nice to feel needed.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Wonderful Workshop with Great Artists

We just concluded the second day of my February workshop. Our subject was painting Utah scenes in Winter and we enjoyed exploring the wonders of painting snow in watercolor. It was a real treat to be with such excellent artists and share ideas together. Participants included Sally Valiton, Ridgecrest CA; Mark Rose, American Falls ID; Karen Bettilyon, Salt Lake City, UT; Karen Dorsey, Heber City UT; Connie Madsen, Salt Lake City UT; Shari Cannon, Eagle Mtn Ut, Pamela Jones, Big Pines CA, and Margo Cook, Salt Lake City UT.
A thumbnail value study and  class demonstration painting "Evergreen on the Rocks."
Studying the character of snow banks in the desert landscape.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Paintings from Italy

I have been painting steadily since our trip to Italy and Europe. Many of the paintings are sold but I have completed a few new small paintings. All of these are available.  If you want to follow my studio work be sure to "like" my Roland Lee Facebook page.
"Tuscan Vineyards" 8 x 12 watercolor by Roland Lee
"Venice Canal" 8 x 12 watercolor by roland Lee
"Isle of Capri" 6 x 9 watercolor by Roland Lee
"Italian Entryway" 5 x 8 watercolor by Roland Lee

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Collectors buy Plein Air painting

I was pleased to have new collectors Karen and David Ji stop by the studio recently to look at my work. They fell in love with a small painting I did during the Zion National Park Plein Air art event called "Roots and Branches." It was colorful autumn scene done in Pine Creek Canyon. Congratulations to the Ji's on your new Roland Lee painting.
Karen and Richard Ji pose with their new Roland Lee painting

Sunday, December 07, 2014

You are invited! Paintings of Europe and Tuscany Show Starts Thursday Dec 11

Castle Neuschwanstein in Germany - Roland Lee watercolor painting

Tuscan Countryside in Italy - Roland Lee watercolor painting
A new show of paintings from my October trip to Germany, Switzerland, and Italy will open Thursday December 11 at the Roland Lee Gallery. I will have about 15 new original paintings on display. Please stop by the gallery anytime from 10am to 6pm Thursday Dec 11, 10am to 9pm Friday Dec 12 in conjunction with the St. George Art Walk, and 10am to 5pm Saturday Dec 13. Also on display will be paintings of southern Utah including Zion and Bryce Canyons. Everyone who stops by will receive a free box of 16 Christmas art cards featuring Roland Lee winter paintings. The Roland Lee Gallery is located next to the Pioneer Courthouse and Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum at 165 North 100 East #2, St. George UT 84770. 435-673-1988.

Italian sheep grazing - original Watercolor by Roland Lee

Swiss window box - Original by Roland Lee

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Roland Lee Paintings from Europe Art Show December 11 - 31

You are invited to an art show and sale of new paintings from my recent trip to Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. I have been working on both small and large paintings which include the colorful medieval cities of Italy, the Tuscan countryside, Canals of Venice, Swiss Alps, and even the intriguing Neuschwanstein Castle of Germany. The paintings are at the framers now and will be ready to show beginning December 11 in my downtown studio. Stop by and take a look. Hours will be from 10am to 5pm weekdays. My studio is located at 165 North 100 East #2, St. George UT 84770. Here is a sample of what you'll see:

Roland Lee painting of Ponte Vecchio in Florence Italy
Roland Lee painting of town square in Lucca Italy
Roland Lee painting of Lucca Italy towers from the town wall
Roland Lee painting of Gondola in Venice Italy

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Roland Lee Plein Air Paintings at the Zion National Park Plein Air Art Show

At the request of many of my students I am posting some of the plein air watercolor paintings completed at the Zion National Park Plein Air Art Festival.  Plus a little about my outdoor painting equipment and supplies. All these paintings were done on Arches 140 pound watercolor paper using mostly Daniel Smith watercolor paints. I usually paint smaller than 1/4 sheet when I paint outdoors. Most of the time I paint using a Sienna pochade box and tripod, or Anderson easel, but when I get tired I just sit in my favorite folding chair and hold my painting in my lap as I work. As always, I keep all my supplies in my trusty Toyota pickup and camper. It was ideal for this week's work in Zion. Loaded with art supplies, snack foods, ice cooler, and a nice bed for an afternoon nap, it is the ideal support vehicle for outdoor painting.

I am using a Sienna All Purpose Pochade box adapted perfectly for watercolors

My super-duper art support vehicle. A 1988 Toyota four-wheel drive pickup with 1992 Six Pac Super Mini camper. Perfect for a week painting outdoors in Zion National Park. 

A comfortable painting set-up with two Eldajon watercolor palettes on a Sienna easel that easily adjusts to my 6 foot 2 inch height.