Diamond Ring Eclipse & Eclipse of a Binary Star

June 13th, 2013

I just finished these two little oil paintings on wood panels. Both are 10″ x 10″ and are 1.5″ deep on the sides.

Paintings by Cedar Lee: Diamond Ring Eclipse & Eclipse of a Binary Star

This one is called “Diamond Ring Eclipse,” because I’ve depicted the Bailey’s beads effect seen during a solar eclipse, which looks like a diamond ring!

Diamond Ring Eclipse. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

Diamond Ring Eclipse. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

The color palette for both these paintings is both earthy and colorful. You can see here how the colors look slightly different when viewed under different lighting. In a sunny room, the reds and golds really glow.

Diamond Ring Eclipse. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

Diamond Ring Eclipse. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

This one is called “Eclipse of a Binary Star” because the massive star being eclipsed in the foreground is part of a binary star system, the other star shown in the distance at the top. Our sun is not in a binary system, so obviously this vantage point is not Earth but some far-off imaginary rocky planet. Pure astronomy fantasy. :)

Eclipse of a Binary Star. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

Eclipse of a Binary Star. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

And you can see the reds and golds popping under the different lighting here:

Eclipse of a Binary Star. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

Eclipse of a Binary Star. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2013 Cedar Lee

I am excited to say that these two paintings were created in my new studio! I am still gradually getting things set up out there, but my paints, brushes and easel are out there and that’s all I really need.

Here are a few photos of me working in the new space–the large painting in progress shown here should be finished next week!

Artist Cedar Lee working in her studio.

Artist Cedar Lee working in her studio.

Artist Cedar Lee working in her studio.

Artist Cedar Lee working in her studio.

Artist Cedar Lee working in her studio.

Artist Cedar Lee working in her studio.

3 Responses to “Diamond Ring Eclipse & Eclipse of a Binary Star”

  1. Richard Henry Blair IIIon 20 May 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I love your work. Great contrast and use of color. I was actually wondering if we met a long time ago. I was living in Cheshire, Oregon and met a young girl by the name of Cedar who had a younger brother. You would have been a few years older than me– I am 32 now. She was a young artist with similar painting style. I remember a sunset and land she painted in beautiful colors. I am an artist as well, mostlyhobby. Well, maybe you are the girl I met, or it’s just a coincidence, but I appreciate your dedication anyway. Hope this message finds you in good spirits.

    Sincerely,
    Richard H. Blair III

  2. Cedar Leeon 22 May 2017 at 11:11 am

    Hard to say, but it could have been me! I was living in that area in the early 1990s and would have been aged 10-14 then, and I have younger brothers…so, could be! :)

  3. Cedar Leeon 01 Jun 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hi Richard,
    Having just googled your name and realized your brother’s name, yep, that was me! We were all kids in neighboring families. How cool. Thanks for writing me. :)

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