Studio Progress: Sheetrock & Paint

September 23rd, 2016

For those of you planning to come visit me during Portland Open Studios the 2nd and 3rd weekends of October, you are in for a treat, as you’ll be among the first to see my brand new studio right after I move in!

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Looks like I’ll be finishing everything at the very last possible moment. Over the past couple of weeks, the Sheetrock has all gone up, bit by bit!

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

I’m very thankful to have had a few trusty helpers for this task.

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Deciding how to piece the Sheetrock together to fit the angled ceiling was a satisfying puzzle.

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

There was copious plaster dust and tools were strewn everywhere.

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

But it finally came together!

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

And voila–this week I have finally finished painting the walls!

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

It’s really starting to look more finished now.

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Portland art studio of Cedar Lee, under construction

Yesterday, I painted the floor a light gray-blue (but have not yet taken photos) and today, I’ve started moving a few things in. There is a lot more work still to be done–endless details. But I’m getting there!

If you’re in the Portland, OR area and are interested in checking out my studio, along with the studios of 105 other amazing local artists, Portland Open Studios tour guides will be available online and at local stores (New SeasonsMuse, I’ve Been Framed, Blick, Collage, Artists and Craftsman) right up until the event, which starts on October 8.

Here are a few of the paintings I’ll have on display in my new studio:

Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee with painting: Oxygen. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee (Background: Quest For Light. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee)

Cedar Lee with painting: Oxygen. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee (Background: Quest For Light. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee)

Eclipse Over Watchful Forest. 24" x 24", Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

Eclipse Over Watchful Forest. 24″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

Night Thinker. 16" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Night Thinker. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Alone in the World. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Alone in the World. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Forest Light. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Forest Light. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Lotus Bubbles. 30" x 24", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Lotus Bubbles. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Besides some stunning original artwork for sale, I’ll also have a selection of greeting cards, fridge magnets, and posters.

 

Tree of Life paintings at Nectar Cafe

September 20th, 2016

Portland, Oregon folks: there’s yet another place to see my artwork!

For the next month, you can see 15 of my Tree of Life paintings in person at Nectar Cafe in NE Portland.

Cedar Lee's Tree of Life paintings at Nectar Cafe in NE Portland

Cedar Lee’s Tree of Life paintings at Nectar Cafe in NE Portland

If you’re in the area, enjoy a coffee or a snack while you check it out!

Here is the address: 1925 Northeast 42nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97213

Cedar Lee paintings at Eco Art PDX

September 16th, 2016

This week I delivered 6 large-scale paintings from my Looking Up and Lotus series to display at Eco Art PDX in downtown Portland!

Eco PDX is an existing business that specializes in unique handmade furniture from salvaged and reclaimed wood. Now, they are expanding into an art gallery as well: Eco Art PDX. I’ll be among the very first artists ever to show in this new gallery!

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The space is beautiful: a huge, high-ceilinged warehouse with brick walls, onto which they’ve built gigantic display panels for artwork.

The handmade wooden furniture is really interesting–each piece with unique details–and fills the center of the space.

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Here’s my display panel. The titles of these large-scale paintings are, from left-right, top-bottom: Dance of the Redwoods, Golden Lotus, The Clearing, Dragonfly and Fish, Explorers, and Three Dragonflies. They range in price from $990 to $2,490.

I love how the most prominent colors in this arrangement alternate between red and teal, with pops of gold, green and white throughout.

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As I was the first of the gallery’s new artists to deliver artwork to hang, in these pictures all of the other white wall panels are still blank, this one panel standing out as it’s filled with my large, colorful paintings. The other panels will be filled over the next two weeks as all the artwork goes up.

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Here’s me with Eco Art PDX’s curator, Elliott Bennett, who contacted me a few months ago with the invitation to show here. It’s always great to work with people who believe in the vision behind my art!

The gallery is not officially open until the weekend of October 1st and 2nd. All that weekend, they’ll be hosting a big grand opening event.Mark your calendars: Saturday and Sunday October 1st & 2nd from 12-6pm. There will be beer, wine and nibbles. I believe I’m one of about ten local artists to be featured.

Address: 2289 N Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR 97227


 

And, Portland people, don’t forget–if you’re looking to enjoy a happening art event this weekend, I will have a few pieces (small framed works on paper) in this PDXOS group show at Basic Space Gallery tomorrow:

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Underwater Lotus

September 12th, 2016

Here is “Underwater Lotus.”

Like my last painting, Dragonfly and Fish, an underwater cross-section shows the stems, large glossy leaves, and root ball of the underwater part of the lotus plant, with the open flower appearing to burst up into the golden sunshine above the water’s surface.

Underwater Lotus. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Underwater Lotus. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Delicate bubbles float all around the plant under the water.

Detail: Underwater Lotus. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Underwater Lotus. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The surface is textured with the thick marks of the palette knife.

Detail: Underwater Lotus. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Underwater Lotus. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The warmth and energetic movement in this painting livens up a room with a joyous feeling.

Cedar Lee art in sitting room: Underwater Lotus. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee art in sitting room: Underwater Lotus. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee art in sitting room: Underwater Lotus. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee art in sitting room: Underwater Lotus. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The painting continues around the 2.5″ deep edges of the canvas.

Underwater Lotus. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Underwater Lotus. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This is the final painting out of the six Lotus paintings of this size I’ve completed in the past month! I have finished, on average, one per week. Considering these are fairly large-scale canvases, 24″ x 36″, I feel quite accomplished, considering I’m also in the process of planning several shows, preparing to deliver artwork to several different galleries, and working to finish my studio before Portland Open Studios!

My next huge project in the studio will be a series of new Eclipse paintings to prepare for my eclipse-themed solo show coming up next year. I’m so excited about my beginning plans for these new paintings! I’ll be incorporating human figures into some of them.

However, as I’m sketching out these ideas and new images are percolating in my mind, I plan to slow down the pace of my painting for a while as I finally finish my new studio and move in.

Portland Art Show Next Week!

September 9th, 2016

Portland, OR folks: Come see me and my work at this pop-up art show next Saturday 9/17! I will not tell you anything about the paintings I’ll be showing, as it’s supposed to be a surprise. But I will tell you they will be smaller, more affordable pieces.

I can tell you right now the variety of work on display will be truly impressive–I’m in excellent company with the other artists selected by Portland Open Studios.

Even if you don’t find any art pieces calling your name at this event, tickets for the studio tour in October will be on sale there. Don’t miss it!

New Cedar Lee art studio, still under construction

New Cedar Lee art studio, still under construction

Press release follows:

PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS HOSTS ONE-DAY POP UP PREVIEW SHOW ON SEPT. 17 AT BASIC SPACE GALLERY

Buy Tour Guides, review artists in the October lineup, buy small works

PORTLAND, OR –  On the second and third weekends of October each year, Portland residents must traverse the entire city to visit 106  artists’ studios selected to participate in the annual Portland Open Studio event.

But on Sept. 17, you’ll be able to see nearly half those artists’ work in one place – at the one-day Portland Open Studios preview show at Basic Space Gallery in the Everett Station Lofts, located at 625 NW Everett Street, #111.

“There hasn’t been a group preview show in several years, so we are excited to bring it back this year,” says Leah Kohlenberg, vice president of Portland Open Studios and co-organizer of the event.  “We think we’ve got the best artists in the city on this tour, and now we can showcase them in one room.”

Visit the show, open from noon-8 pm, to get a preview of some of the artists you might want to visit in the fall, to get some amazing deals on art, listen to music, nosh and mingle with some Open Studio artists.  For a unique experience, artworks displayed will be identified not by artist name, but by their studio number in the 18-year open studios event.  The only way to discover who has created the works is to either buy the piece of artwork, or buy the $15 tour guide “ticket” to Portland Open Studios, all available at the gallery.

“This is what art is supposed to be about,” says Christopher Roberts, who co-owns Basic Space with Kenny Saylor, and who served as a juror for this year’s Portland Open Studio event. “This show will  give you the experience of being attracted by a piece of art for the art itself, and what the artist is attempting to convey to you, rather than being  guided by a label. The event will allow you to see the many varied ways artists choose to create their art to convey their artistic inspiration,  art forms you may have never seen.”

Basic Space Gallery is an up and coming gallery in Portland’s diverse gallery scene, located on the edge of Chinatown and the Pearl District of NW Portland in the Everett Street Lofts Building.  The gallery displays emerging and professional artists whose work conveys the artist’s deeper understanding of self and in sharing in that story without words.

Cedar Lee art studio

Cedar Lee art studio

What is Portland Open Studios?

Portland Open Studios is an annual event during which 106 professional artists open their studios to the public for the second and third weekends in October.  This is the tour’s 18th year, and the dates for Open Studios 2016 will be Oct. 8-9, and Oct. 15-16, from 10 am-5 pm.  The tour offers a unique and inspiring form of experiential education: interacting with local artists at work within the context of their workplace.   Each year, the artists are selected through a professional juried process to participate in the Open Studio tour.

The tickets to find these artists during the tour itself is a $15 full-color tour guide, organized into 12 neighborhoods, with contact information for each artist, and directions to their studios.  The Tour Guide and mobile apps are available at New Seasons Markets, Muse, I’ve Been Framed, Blick, and Artist and Craftsmen,  or via our website http://www.pdxos.com/ . There will also be a free map-only mobile app available on the website within the next few weeks.

WEBSITE:

www.portlandopenstudios.com

FACE BOOK:

Event invite

https://www.facebook.com/events/1147501808655514/

Portland Open Studios

https://www.facebook.com/pdxopenstudios/?fref=ts

Basic Space Gallery

https://www.facebook.com/basicspacegallery/?fref=ts

INFORMATION:

info@portlandopenstudios.com

See you on the 17th!

Portland artist Cedar Lee painting

Portland artist Cedar Lee painting

 

Studio Build Progress

September 2nd, 2016

A quick update: I’ve been working on the interior of my new studio, a little bit at a time whenever I’m able. It’s moving along, slowly but surely.

I’m working on the electric wiring. All the wires are run, which was the hardest part. Eventually, there will be interior overhead lights installed as well as exterior security lights, and plentiful electric outlets.

Art studio of Cedar Lee under construction

Art studio of Cedar Lee under construction

Art studio of Cedar Lee under construction

Art studio of Cedar Lee under construction

And I’ve just finished putting in all the insulation!

Art studio of Cedar Lee under construction

Art studio of Cedar Lee under construction

Art studio of Cedar Lee under construction

Art studio of Cedar Lee under construction

I see lots of Sheetrock in my future…

Dragonfly and Fish

August 29th, 2016

Here is “Dragonfly and Fish,” a fun painting which shows a cross-section of an underwater scene.

You can see something similar in a lot of my “Tree of Life” paintings, with an underground cross-section that shows the roots of a tree growing downwards. Here, I show the parts of the lotus plant under the water in addition to the flowers and leaves above the surface. The water’s surface is bowl-shaped, giving the effect of a fish-eye lens.

Dragonfly and Fish. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Dragonfly and Fish. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This painting shows a moment of balance. Above and below, air and water, warm and cool. As humans, we can simultaneously hold within us conflicting emotions of sad and happy, despair and gratitude. One of the symbolic meanings I like the most about the lotus flower is the idea that this beautiful, clean, fragrant, wondrous thing grows out of such a low, slimy environment as the muck at the bottom of a pond. We can’t get away from the mucky parts of being human, but we can choose to exist like the lotus flower does, to embody love and possibility.

The air above is full of heat and sunshine, represented in warm orange-yellow tones. This large, gleaming dragonfly buzzes through the scene.

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Under the water, surrounded by dreamy bubbles, is this little orange fish, its eye gleaming just like the eye of the dragonfly.

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The water towards the bottom becomes a murky brownish red. The dark roots of the lotus plants spread out across the floor of the pond. Up close, you can really see the rich texture I created with a palette knife.

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

As much as I love the dragonfly and the fish, who seem to me to be looking right at each other from their different worlds, my favorite part of this painting is this gently moving wave at the surface of the water. It reads as refracted light and color through clear moving water, the cross-section of the water I wanted to represent.

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

But when you look at it up close, it is delightfully abstract.

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Dragonfly and Fish. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This painting is so colorful it can light up a room.

Cedar Lee art in living room: Dragonfly and Fish. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The painted edges are 2.5″ deep.

Dragonfly and Fish. 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Dragonfly and Fish. 36″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Koi Circles

August 24th, 2016

Here is my newest addition to my Lotus series: “Koi Circles”

Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The viewer gazes down into the water to see two orange koi fish swimming in a graceful circle around the stem of the fully opened lotus flower whose petals are spread above the water’s surface.

This painting is simultaneously calming and energizing. For a feeling of focus and appreciation, meditate upon the circular movement of the image as you gaze into it.

Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

I painted the water in tones of crimson, with violet shadows and yellow highlights. This unnatural palette gives the image a unique artistic flair and a joyful mood.

The painting continues onto the 2.5″ deep edges of the painting. Like all my paintings, seeing it in person is a three-dimensional experience.

Painting wraps around edge: Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Painting wraps around edge: Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The beautiful fish are full of personality. The thick texture of the paint follows their curved bodies and gently billowing fins.

Detail: Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

White reflections on the water’s surface hint at the movement beneath.

Detail: Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The center of the blooming lotus flower is raised with thick texture.

Center of Lotus flower: Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Center of Lotus flower: Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Some of the petals overlap one of the leaves, casting a gray-violet shadow.

Lotus petal shadows: Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Lotus petal shadows: Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Koi Circles. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

 

 

 

Art Studio: Orange Exterior Paint

August 19th, 2016

I settled on Behr’s “Bonfire Night” shade of orange for the exterior of my new studio!

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

I might change it up in the future, but it’ll be this color for a while at least.

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

I did all this painting myself–about 9 hours of work in total.

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

But I still need to do all the trim–I’ll leave the trim color a surprise, but I will tell you that I chose a deep, dark color.

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Also happening over the next couple weeks: insulation is going in–I’ll be doing that myself, and electric outlets are going in–I’ll be enlisting help for that task.

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Portland has reached triple-digit weather this week, which is slowing my progress, but I’ll be plugging away at it bit-by-bit until everything is done!

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee Art Studio under construction

Cedar Lee & Local Artists: Community 6 Show at Ben Will Gallery

August 15th, 2016

Over the weekend, the Portland Open Studios Community 6 Preview Show went up at Ben Will Gallery in Portland’s Foster-Powell neighborhood.

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

This gallery doubles as the studio space for local painter Ben Will. It’s a cool space–like a big open warehouse! I remembered to get a few snapshots before the crowd arrived for the opening.

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

Artwork shown on the wall below, hung salon-style, includes work by myself, Ben Will, Nicole BereczkiJill Torberson, John Shlichta, Shawn Demarest, and Kelli MacConnell.

We will all be participating in Portland Open Studios in October.

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

I hung five small paintings for this show, from my Tree of Life series.

Cedar Lee with painting: Giant Moon

Cedar Lee with painting: Giant Moon

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

I enjoyed the live music that was going on in the gallery, and had a good time meeting new friends. Here I am with Melissa Moline, a Portland-area jeweler and architect.

Artists Melissa Moline & Cedar Lee at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

Artists Melissa Moline & Cedar Lee at Ben Will Gallery, Portland

This art show will be on display until September 7th. If you’re local to Portland, you must go check it out: 4533 SE 67th Ave, Portland, OR.

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art at Ben Will Gallery, Portland, OR

 

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