One Week Until Spring Sale!

April 29th, 2017

Officially, the dates of the Art By Cedar Spring Sale are May 8-14, but the sale will be going live in the afternoon this Sunday, May 7th, to allow everyone who will be at work on Monday morning to check out the sale the day before without being rushed.

Please keep a close eye on the Facebook page this weekend, or continue to check back at the sale page on Sunday, so you won’t miss the moment it goes live! The sale will then remain open through the evening of May 14th, Mother’s Day.

Original artwork is an unbeatable Mother’s Day gift, whether you choose to surprise her or to have her go to the sale page and choose the one she loves!

Prices for the paintings in this sale start at $290 and all shipping within the continental U.S. will be free! For anyone not in the market for an original, I will also be selling beautiful 10-packs of assorted art note cards for $29.

Can’t wait! If you have any questions leading up to the sale, please email or contact me on Facebook.

Here is a sneak peek at some of my favorite paintings that will be available on Sunday:

Courage Blooms

April 28th, 2017

This is the largest Lotus painting I’ve completed in my new style with the drip painting background: “Courage Blooms.”

Artist Cedar Lee working. Painting: Courage Blooms. 40" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee putting finishing touches on painting: Courage Blooms. 40″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The lotus flowers, all in different stages of blooming, embody a feeling of courage with their strong, elegant forms rising up and filling the space as they open up.

Courage Blooms. 40" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Courage Blooms. 40″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The leaves filling the bottom of the canvas are delicate and transparent. You can see the red/orange drips moving downwards behind the leaves, which appear filmy and ephemeral.

Detail: Courage Blooms. 40" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Courage Blooms. 40″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

We can muster the courage to be our best, even if parts of us are fragile, or appear fragile.

Detail: Courage Blooms. 40" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Courage Blooms. 40″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The petals appear to glow with their own light as they push upwards in growth. The stems of the flowers are not perfectly straight, but they find their way up into the golden light on their own circuitous routes.

Detail: Courage Blooms. 40" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Courage Blooms. 40″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The colors drip down heavily into the darkness. Many tiny, unexpected rivulets of paint play across the canvas. I only have partial control over what the paint will do when creating this effect. The results are often delightful.

Courage Blooms. 40" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Courage Blooms. 40″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This huge painting is vibrant with intensity.

Art studio of Cedar Lee, April 2017

Art studio of Cedar Lee, April 2017

You can see how many new Lotus paintings I’ve added to the studio drying rack over the past month!

Artist Cedar Lee with painting: Courage Blooms. 40" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee with painting: Courage Blooms. 40″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This large one is one of my favorites. It is one of many that will be available in my Spring Sale starting May 8th!

Imperfect Grace

April 26th, 2017

Here is “Imperfect Grace.”

Imperfect Grace. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

Imperfect Grace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

The lotus flowers strive to reach out of the murky darkness of the water, towards the light.

Imperfect Grace. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

Imperfect Grace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

This painting is similar to my larger piece, “Rise Up,” but in this one, the stems of the first and third flowers are bending in interesting ways on their path upwards.

Detail: Imperfect Grace. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Imperfect Grace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

The painting is thickly textured, the rivulets of orange paint oozing slowly down into the deep red, brown and purple beneath.

Detail: Imperfect Grace. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Imperfect Grace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

The flower petals are painted with a palette knife.

Imperfect Grace. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

Imperfect Grace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

Even though the stem of each flower may not be perfectly straight, they all continue upwards into the light, moving on whatever unique path they are able to take.

Imperfect Grace. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

Imperfect Grace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood,© 2017 Cedar Lee

As the collector who purchased this piece says, “They make a conscious choice to continue on the path towards wholeness. Each looks different; their paths towards the fullest expressions of themselves are all different and all imperfect, yet all beautiful.”

Spring Sale in 2 Weeks

April 24th, 2017

May 8 is fast approaching!

With the exception of any last-minute additions I’m able to make to my available artwork before the Spring Sale, you can now see what original paintings will be available, along with their sizes and prices, here.

Available paintings from Art By Cedar studio, spring 2017

Available paintings from Art By Cedar studio, spring 2017

Here’s the studio after a major cleanup, the calm before the next storm of paint-flinging.

Art studio of Cedar Lee

Art studio of Cedar Lee

As you can see, there are many paintings both finished, on the walls, and in various stages of progress, on the drying rack and easels.

The work currently in the studio is mostly from my Eclipse and Lotus series, but my sale will include pieces from the Tree of Life and Looking Up series as well!

Lotus Art: Stand Tall

April 21st, 2017

This painting is called, “Stand Tall” because of the extreme exaggeration of the flower’s tall stem.

Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The whole thing is stretched vertically, and one meaning behind the title is an encouragement to reach outside our comfort zones, stretching just a little farther into becoming our best selves.

Detail: Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The flower petals are arranged perfectly, the flower’s form proud and graceful.

Detail: Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The many layers of paint, thick and thin, work together to create interesting effects–tiny delicate rivulets down the canvas alongside thick gloppy drips.

Detail: Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

As we reach the bottom of the canvas, the red drips down over an  inky darkness speckled through with tiny splashes of color.

Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This impossibly tall flower on the narrow, vertical 3-foot canvas creates a feeling of elevation.

Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Art by Cedar Lee in home setting: Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Art by Cedar Lee in home setting: Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

In the studio, you can see the painting among my other recent artwork, (bottom left) the glistening drips of paint still very wet here.

Eclipse and Lotus artwork in Cedar Lee studio: left-right, top-bottom: "A Dream of Joy and Sorrow," "Eclipse Day Climber," "Stand Tall," "Against All Odds"

Eclipse and Lotus artwork in Cedar Lee studio: left-right, top-bottom: “A Dream of Joy and Sorrow,” “Eclipse Day Climber,” “Stand Tall,” “Against All Odds”

These vertical-format lotus paintings look amazing alone and together. Here they are together in the afternoon sun streaming in through the studio doors.

Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: left-right: "Stand Tall," "Free Spirit," "Easy Growth"

Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: left-right: “Stand Tall,” “Free Spirit,” “Easy Growth”

Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: left-right: "Stand Tall," "Free Spirit," "Easy Growth"

Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: left-right: “Stand Tall,” “Free Spirit,” “Easy Growth”

Lotus Art: Free Spirit

April 19th, 2017

This painting is called “Free Spirit.”

Free Spirit. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Free Spirit. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Like my painting, “Easy Growth,” it’s on the same dramatic vertical 36″ x 12″ size canvas.

The flower looks like a free spirit because of the way its face is tilting to the side, like it’s enjoying soaking up the sunshine.

Detail: Free Spirit. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Free Spirit. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The abstract drippy paint background is spectacular, with varied effects on different parts of the canvas. The yellow and orange paint drips down into the red in the middle of the canvas.

Detail: Free Spirit. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Free Spirit. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The paint is speckled in patterns of many tiny dots, with drips and carefree splatters running through the speckles. The vertical lines interplay with horizontal brush strokes that show from underneath.

Detail: Free Spirit. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Free Spirit. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

These subtle horizontal lines hint at the water out of which the lotus grows.

Free Spirit. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Free Spirit. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

There is a beautiful tension between the background pulling everything down and the lotus flower shooting upwards. The impossibly exaggerated length of the stem contributes to this visual tension.

Artwork in Cedar Lee studio. On easel: "Free Spirit." Background, left-right, top-bottom: "Lotus Study 2," "Forest Nymph," "Dance of the Redwoods," "Koi Circles"

Artwork in Cedar Lee studio. On easel: “Free Spirit.” Background, left-right, top-bottom: “Lotus Study 2,” “Forest Nymph,” “Dance of the Redwoods,” “Koi Circles”

Preparations for Art By Cedar Spring Sale

April 17th, 2017

The Art By Cedar Spring Sale is fast approaching!

The dates are May 8-14.

For weeks now I’ve been working on multiple works in progress all at once–starting new paintings and letting them dry before their next stages, then moving on to work on others.

Works in progress in Cedar Lee art studio

Works in progress in Cedar Lee art studio

I will be completing as many of these beautiful Lotus paintings as I can, right up until the day the sale opens to the public!

I love how events like this give me the extra boost of motivation to put more hours in and tap deep into my creativity. I’m in art-studio-flow-mode. We will see how many I get done! Can’t wait to show you. Stay tuned…

Lotus Art: Easy Growth

April 14th, 2017

Here is “Easy Growth.”

Easy Growth. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Easy Growth. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The title refers to the effortless and graceful lotus flower. It just rises up out of the darkness into the yellow-orange light.

The flower’s thick paint texture and bright white petals stand out on top of the abstract background.

Detail: Easy Growth. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Easy Growth. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The background is full of interesting details–rivulets of color travel downwards, reminiscent of plant roots.

Detail: Easy Growth. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Easy Growth. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The whole background is pulling downwards–the warm, saturated colors gradually shifting darker and darker as they seep towards the bottom of the canvas.

Detail: Easy Growth. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Easy Growth. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

And the flower grows upwards, smoothly and with ease.

Easy Growth. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Easy Growth. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Easy Growth. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Easy Growth. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The deep edges of this piece contribute to the elegance of the image.

 

From the Art By Cedar Archives: Late Afternoon Sunlight

April 10th, 2017

This painting, “Late Afternoon Sunlight” continued the theme of silhouetted birds and expressive trees that I was focused on that year.

It was painted in acrylics, but the soft washes of color in the sky look like watercolors. The whole painting has an inviting glow.

Late Afternoon Sunlight. 30" x 36", Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee

Late Afternoon Sunlight. 30″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee

The eye travels straight back between the trees to the sky. The birds are active in the treetops, chattering and flitting around. The trees are exaggeratedly wide at their bases, some of them leaning a bit to one side, giving them personality.

I think this painting simultaneously shows movement and stillness. When showing this painting to people, they often told me it stirred an emotional response in them because it reminded them of some place in their memories, often from childhood.

From the Art By Cedar Archives: Approaching Storm

April 7th, 2017

I made this painting as part of my senior thesis show at Goucher College. The show was called “Roots and Wings.”

Approaching Storm. 30" x 46", Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee

Approaching Storm. 30″ x 46″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee

A raucous flock of birds flaps into the bright sky, fleeing the eerie blue light that’s overtaking the scene. The trees are whipping in gusts of wind. Everything is standing on edge with electricity.

Cedar Lee with her painting: Approaching Storm. 30" x 46", Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee with her painting: Approaching Storm. 30″ x 46″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee

I love the drama and excitement of this painting.

Cedar Lee with her paintings. Left: Approaching Storm. © 2005 Right. Birds at Sunrise. © 2005

Cedar Lee with her paintings. Left: Approaching Storm. © 2005 Right. Birds at Sunrise. © 2005

“Approaching Storm” was one of several paintings to be exhibited in my first-ever solo show in an art gallery, in 2006.

Cedar Lee artwork at first solo gallery show, March 2006

Cedar Lee artwork at first solo gallery show, March 2006

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