How to Attach a Hanging Wire to a Painting

July 22nd, 2014

Every painter needs to be proficient at attaching hanging wires!

This is a simple task that I’ve done hundreds of times and is very easy to do–if you have the right tools and hardware, and you know how to do it properly. Here are a couple of instructional videos to remove the guesswork for anyone who’d like to learn how.

Be sure to watch both Part 1 and Part 2.

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Sequoias in the Sun

July 21st, 2014

In this painting, Sequoias in the Sun, I chose a palette of turquoise, green, gold, earthy red and deep purple.

The air of the forest is soft and misty in the bright light from above.

Sequoias in the Sun. 30" x 24", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Sequoias in the Sun. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

My favorite part of this painting is the rays of the sun bursting from behind the top of the giant tree. You can see every color of the rainbow in this small area!

Detail from: Sequoias in the Sun. 30" x 24", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Detail from: Sequoias in the Sun. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

I also love the movement in the tree branches that makes it look like the trees are dancing, or blowing in a breeze.

Detail from: Sequoias in the Sun. 30" x 24", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Detail from: Sequoias in the Sun. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Summer and Winter

July 21st, 2014

Here are 4 studies, 2 of summer trees, and 2 of winter trees.

They come matted in white double mats to 14″ x 11″–Below each image you can see what they look like. An additional frame can then be chosen as you wish.

Study of Clear Summer Sky. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Clear Summer Sky. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Clear Summer Sky. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Clear Summer Sky. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Summer Glow. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Summer Glow. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Summer Glow. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Summer Glow. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Winter Branches. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Winter Branches. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Winter Branches. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Winter Branches. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Winter Crow. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Winter Crow. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Winter Crow. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Winter Crow. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

These are the last of the small studies I’ve done over the past couple of months, and now I’m back to larger-scale works, for a bit.

Summer Afternoon & Bathed in Sunlight

July 10th, 2014

“Summer Afternoon” shows a thick forest lit by glowing sunlight, the sun low in the sky. This painting was made using the same reference photo, which I took in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, that I used for my earlier painting Peaceful Forest. The mood in this one is totally different though–I can feel the warmth of the sunshine.

Summer Afternoon. 30" x 24", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Summer Afternoon. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

And here is “Bathed in Sunlight.” It seems to me like the trees are dancing! This is because of the movement I’ve created with the composition, the angles of the trees and curves of the branches which look like dancers’ limbs, and also because of the highly saturated colors, which gives a feeling of vibration. The thick green foliage fills the picture, from the background to the foreground, showing the forest as healthy, thriving, and full of life.

Bathed in Sunlight. 30" x 24", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Bathed in Sunlight. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Notice the pops of bright turquoise color showing up throughout both these paintings. I’ve been incorporating this color, which is called Cobalt Teal, into my newest work because it delights me so much!

6 New Lotus Paintings!

June 23rd, 2014

Here are six new little paintings I’ve added to my Lotus series. I worked on all six of them at once, and although each is unique, the resulting color and mood is consistent between them all.

Six Lotus paintings by Cedar Lee created in spring 2014, 10" x 8" oils on birch wood panels.

Six Lotus paintings by Cedar Lee created in spring 2014, 10″ x 8″ oils on birch wood panels.

These ended up taking much longer than I expected to complete, because I kept getting lost in the details!

Six Lotus paintings by Cedar Lee created in spring 2014, 10" x 8" oils on birch wood panels.

Six Lotus paintings by Cedar Lee created in spring 2014, 10″ x 8″ oils on birch wood panels.

The thing that defines this group of paintings for me the most is that powerful, bold red!

They can be displayed as a set or individually. Here they are, in no particular order:

Beautiful Lotus. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Beautiful Lotus. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus and Bright Dragonfly. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus and Bright Dragonfly. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus and Frog. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus and Frog. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus and Resting Dragonfly. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus and Resting Dragonfly. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus Cluster. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus Cluster. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Stately Lotus. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Stately Lotus. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

8 New Cherry Blossom Studies

June 18th, 2014

By popular demand:

Here is a continuation of my exploration of the cherry blossom theme–8 studies that are striking and colorful. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to use any of these studies as the basis for larger paintings, but each is a small work of art in its own right!

These are inspired by this big old cherry tree I used to have in my back yard in Maryland. It was glorious every spring, and I spent many hours sitting in its shade on a carpet of pink blossoms.

Cedar Lee's cherry tree

Cedar Lee’s cherry tree

The little paintings:

Study of Blossoms Raining Down. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Blossoms Raining Down. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Cherry Blossom Canopy. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Cherry Blossom Canopy. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

 

Study of Cherry Branches. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Cherry Branches. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Clear Spring Sky. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Clear Spring Sky. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Light Bursting Through. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Light Bursting Through. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Spring's Glory. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Spring’s Glory. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Sunburst and Blossoms. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Sunburst and Blossoms. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

 

Study of Sun-Kissed Orchard. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Sun-Kissed Orchard. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

They are all matted in white, like this:

Study of Sun-Kissed Orchard. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Sun-Kissed Orchard. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

The white is versatile, so they can be framed to fit in with any decor. All of these paintings will be available in my Summer Sale which starts this Saturday morning, June 21st! These studies will be on sale for only $100, *and* I will be paying the cost of both sales tax and shipping during the sale, which goes for one month. I’m excited to be offering great deals on original art for people’s homes! It’s my way of giving back to all those who have supported my work in ways big and small. Can’t wait for it to begin!

Majestic Giants

June 13th, 2014

This large-scale piece  is one of my biggest projects of this spring, and in person, it is epic. It makes me feel like I’m really standing in this forest.
The painting is filled with a soft, glowing white light. I’ve used artistic license with the color, incorporating deep violet and magenta, yellow/gold, and an unexpected bright teal throughout.

Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

For scale:

Art Studio of Cedar Lee, spring 2014. Painting: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Art Studio of Cedar Lee, spring 2014. Painting: Majestic Giants.

Art Studio of Cedar Lee, spring 2014. Painting: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Art Studio of Cedar Lee, spring 2014. Painting: Majestic Giants.

Here are a few close-up details to show the variety of color, texture, and brushwork throughout this painting. But nothing compares to seeing it in person!

The colors are bright.

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

From the right angle, and depending on lighting, you can see the glossy sheen of the varnish, with the thick textures of the paint adding to the play of light across the surface.

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Up close, you can see thick raised lines of texture created by underlying layers of paint.

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

And there is an interesting variety of patterns and different kinds of brushstrokes layered throughout–from peaks and valleys of thickly applied paint to light, feathery foliage fading into the sunny, washed-out background.

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Overall it’s a powerful piece of art, and one of my favorites ever!

Artist Cedar Lee with her painting, Majestic Giants

Artist Cedar Lee with her large-scale oil painting, Majestic Giants

Redwood Studies, Day and Night

June 11th, 2014

On my recent trip to Sequoia National Park, I saw the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world! It is so massive that it’s impossible to fathom its true size from the perspective on the ground.

These two paintings are inspired by that tree:

Study of Gnarly Trunk. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Gnarly Trunk. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

The sky in this painting is shimmery metallic paint.

Study of Giant in Silver Sky. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Giant in Silver Sky. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

And here are two nighttime forest scenes featuring giant sequoias in the silver light of the full moon:

Study of Touching the Moon. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Touching the Moon. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Moonlit Redwoods. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Study of Moonlit Redwoods. 10” x 8” (14” x 11” matted), Acrylic on Paper, © 2014 Cedar Lee

These 4 small paintings (all acrylic on paper, matted in white) will be for sale in my upcoming Summer Sale starting on the Summer Solstice: June 21!

Sumptuous and Singing Lotuses

June 2nd, 2014

These paintings just fill me with emotion when I look at them! This one is called “Sumptuous Lotus” because to me, the petals look so thick and healthy, the flower is full and round, the leaves in the background are deep and glossy–it gives a feeling of opulence and sensuality.

Sumptuous Lotus. 12" x 12", Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Sumptuous Lotus. 12″ x 12″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014. SOLD

And this one is called “Lotus Song” because the lines of movement emanating from the blossoming flower in the center remind me of something musical–both in the sense of sound vibrations and also a joyous mood!

Lotus Song. 12" x 12", Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014

Lotus Song. 12″ x 12″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2014. SOLD

News: Painting of the Month, Forest Light on display at Fallbrook Art Center

May 27th, 2014

Starting June 1st I’ll be sending out an “Art By Cedar Painting of the Month” email newsletter! Sent on the first of each month, it will include my thoughts behind a recent painting that I love, as well as a very brief summary of Art By Cedar happenings.

Inspiration in your inbox! Subscribe here.

In other news, my recent large-scale painting, Forest Light, has been juried into the Fallbrook Art Center Artists Guild Exhibition! The juror was Ron Young.

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

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

The reception, which I missed due to travel, took place on May 17th. Anyone may stop in to see the exhibit until June 15th at the Fallbrook Art Center, 103 S. Main St. Fallbrook CA 92028–so if you’re local to Fallbrook, please do stop in. The range of artwork on display is impressive!

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