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Drawing: Color, Pencil on Paper.
Robert Lee creates inspiring drawings in bold monochromes and expressionistic colors. The colors really provide the essence in his images. He strives to draw with bold lines, composition, emotions, and energy to invoke the expressive content. Feelings vividly come through in the artwork.
On a trip to Turkey and Greece he had in mind the idea of drawing sketches of the great monuments and ruins that the Apostle Paul would have seen or visited on his missionary journeys. He set out to find a sketchbook as soon as he landed. However it took some time as he searched from shop to shop. It wasn't until he climbed up to the city on the island of Santorini that his friend Chris Orozco pointed out a book with blank pages that would work. The initial plan was to work on as many drawings as possible at the various sites. Unfortunately he wasn't able to stay at one location for more than three or four hours at a time before he had to move on. Therefore he really started the project after returning home.
In four days the artist crisscrossed between Smyrna, Ephesus, the Isle of Patmos, Crete, and Santorini. Traveling first by bus and then by ship he saw beautiful landscapes, ancient ruins, and rugged islands. Then he was off again for the next five days to Corinth, Cenchreae, Athens, Meteora, Vergina, Berea, Thessalonica, Philippi, and Kavala.
His sketchbook is filled with wonderfully colored drawings of the things the Apostle Paul encountered on his missionary journeys. As we look through the pages we can imagine being at the Museum of Ephesus or the Parthenon in Athens. We can see the landscape and feel the breeze blowing through the vineyards and olive groves. As we observe the drawings of the painted artifacts we are immediately transported to a different time. He gives us the mythical Sphinx and the Centaur along with the lion and the eagle. Through these drawings we experience the aura of the artist and the essence of Asia Minor and Greece.
The sketchbook is signed, titled, and dated.
Size: 9.8 W x 8.8 H x 0.1 in
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