Arboreal Dendrites

May 24th, 2018

Here is “Arboreal Dendrites,” 12″ x 36″.

Arboreal Dendrites. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Arboreal Dendrites. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This painting was inspired by pictures I took of some amazing kiawe trees in the grounds outside the entrance to Hanauma Bay on Oahu, during my trip to Hawaii this past winter.

Oahu Tree

As you can see, the branches of these beautiful trees follow a winding, meandering path up into the sky.

Close-up detail: Arboreal Dendrites. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Arboreal Dendrites. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The way these trees reach and branch out is reminiscent of dendrites, the tiny branching arms of the nerve cells within our bodies.

Close-up detail: Arboreal Dendrites. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Arboreal Dendrites. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The eye can follow the twisting branches up into the sky, getting lost in the interesting shapes of negative space and interweaving lines.

Close-up detail: Arboreal Dendrites. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Arboreal Dendrites. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Looking at this painting is a meditative experience. As the mind focuses on the colors, and the feeling of gazing up into the sky under the shade of the trees, a peaceful feeling comes over the viewer.

Arboreal Dendrites. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Arboreal Dendrites. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This painting includes all the colors of the rainbow. The painting continues around the deep edges of the canvas, for a clean, modern look.

Painting: Arboreal Dendrites. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Painting: Arboreal Dendrites. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

No frame is needed for this art!

This painting is one of many originals that will be available in my Summer Sale coming up in July.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies

April 30th, 2018

This painting is called “Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies.”

I have been creating it over the past month along with my painting, “A Soft Enchanting Forest.”

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee with painting: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This 30″ x 40″ oil painting is bold, with strong geometric shapes and bright, saturated colors.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The painting style suits the subject: these ancient trees are strong giants, seeming to reach high above us with great energy and purpose.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

A golden glow of light permeates the sky, the warm light highlighting bits of the foliage and tree trunks. The lower corners fade into a cool, deep teal blue.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies

Detail: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The many thin branches criss-cross each other throughout, creating interesting triangles and trapezoids in the negative spaces between them.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies

Detail: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies

Detail: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

It is an image of the peaceful forest–the teamwork within the network of trees living together, reaching into the sky to grab the brilliant rays of sunshine above. It is an image of optimism for the future.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies

Detail: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

It is a fitting painting to celebrate the springtime–and, here in Portland, the long-anticipated return of the sun and the warmth after a gray winter!

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

A Soft Enchanting Forest

April 27th, 2018

This painting is called “A Soft Enchanting Forest.”

A Soft Enchanting Forest

A Soft Enchanting Forest. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The viewer is encircled by impossibly tall trees drinking in the light from the sky.

A Soft Enchanting Forest

A Soft Enchanting Forest. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Within the cool depths of this old forest, there are hints at the thick lush foliage that lies in shadow.

A Soft Enchanting Forest

Detail: A Soft Enchanting Forest. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Other parts of the trees are lit bright yellow in full hot sun.

A Soft Enchanting Forest

Detail: A Soft Enchanting Forest. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

It is a peaceful and alluring setting.

A Soft Enchanting Forest

Detail: A Soft Enchanting Forest. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

A glowing sun flare bursts through the trees in the top left corner.

A Soft Enchanting Forest

Detail: A Soft Enchanting Forest. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This painting is large–30″ x 40″!

A Soft Enchanting Forest Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee with painting: A Soft Enchanting Forest. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The painting continues around the deep edges of the wood panel, giving the artwork a clean, modern look without the need for a frame.

A Soft Enchanting Forest

A Soft Enchanting Forest. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

 

Warm Woods

March 23rd, 2018

Here is “Warm Woods.”

Warm Woods. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Warm Woods. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Warm sunlight permeates this painting.

Warm Woods. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Warm Woods. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

You are walking through the woods on a carefree summer day. The forest rises up around you, the trees glowing in the amber light.

Detail: Warm Woods. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Warm Woods. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Pops of bright right red and yellow contribute to the feeling of warmth.

Detail: Warm Woods. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Warm Woods. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

I achieved this loose, painterly style by creating much of the image with a palette knife. Up close, the image is broken down into rough sections of color.

Detail: Warm Woods. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Warm Woods. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The slightly blurred effect gives the trees a softness. This forest holds the drowsy contentment of a hot summer day full of birdsong.

Warm Woods. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Warm Woods. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The painting continues around the deep edges of the canvas.

Art By Cedar Lee: Warm Woods. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Art By Cedar Lee: Warm Woods. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Last Weekend’s Art Opening

March 8th, 2018

Here are some pictures from my art reception in Portland last weekend!

Here I am (on the far right) giving my artist talk.

Cedar Lee artist talk at Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist talk at Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

I shared my artist statements for the various collections of work on display, talked about the common threads uniting all my past work, and took questions from the audience.

Cedar Lee artist talk at Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist talk at Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

We had a great turnout, with folks coming and going throughout the evening.

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

This inviting table of snacks was demolished by the end of the evening.

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

And I was delighted to share my artwork with friends in person!

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

Some may know I am active in the Portland contra dance community. A large group of my dance friends showed up, which was wonderful!

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

There were still quite a few stragglers at the end of the evening when it was time to go home.

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening "Keep the Wonder" at WHUUF Gallery

Cedar Lee artist Portland OR art exhibit opening “Keep the Wonder” at WHUUF Gallery

On the whole, it was a special and joyful event.

Thanks to all who came, as well as all who couldn’t be there in person but were in spirit! If you haven’t yet, make sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter for future updates about my art.

Reception This Friday: Cedar Lee Show “Keep the Wonder”

February 27th, 2018

Over the weekend, I installed my solo show “Keep the Wonder” at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Southwest Portland.

Here’s me (2nd from right) with the gallery team after we’d worked together to hang the show:

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

This exhibition features a variety of themes I’ve explored in my work: the Tree of Life series, the Eclipse series, a few of my older works from my Cosmic Dance series, and a few pieces from the Lotus series.

Unfortunately, my current focus in the studio, the Looking Up series, is not included in this exhibition, but there will be plenty of future opportunities to see those paintings over the next year!

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

It’s the first time my work has been shown in the sanctuary of a church, and I like the large open room with high ceilings, and the way my bold, colorful paintings transformed the space.

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

The address is: 8470 SW Oleson Rd. Portland, OR 97223

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

The show will be up for 2 months for the congregation to enjoy during services.

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

If you are in the Portland area, I’d love for you to come by and see me at my reception this Friday, March 2nd, 6-9 pm.

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

I will be there to talk about my thoughts, inspirations, and methods in making my artwork.

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Refreshments will be served.

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

This is the first time my recent Eclipse paintings will be exhibited in Portland since they came down from my solo show in Kentucky that celebrated the total solar eclipse last summer!

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

If you can’t make it to the reception on Friday evening, please stop by another time. Anyone who wants to can go see the paintings: besides during services on Sundays, the gallery is open by appointment. Just let them know you’d like to come by: Call Katie at (714) 203-4804.

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee art installation at WHUUF Gallery in Portland, OR

Most of these originals are available for sale, with prices ranging from $190 to $1,790, along with a couple paintings from my personal collection that are not for sale. This show will be up until April 27th.

My Mountain Wildflower Landscape Phase

February 19th, 2018

In 2007, one of my biggest inspirations was the beautiful views in the countryside and national parks in Maryland and Virginia.

That year, I created all of these raucously colorful mountain landscapes. Some of them were based directly on photos I took on road trips, but I used a bit of creative license in all of them, having fun creating images out of vibrant colors and patterns of brushstrokes.

autumnal outlook

Autumnal Outlook. Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 20″, © 2007 Cedar Lee

blossominghills

Blossoming Hills. Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″, © 2007 Cedar Lee

crimson wildflowers

Crimson Wildflowers. Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″, © 2007 Cedar Lee

highelevation

High Elevation. Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″, © 2007 Cedar Lee

virginiawildflowers

Virginia Wildflowers. Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 36″, © 2007 Cedar Lee

Dazzling Sky

February 15th, 2018

Here is “Dazzling Sky,” 24″ x 36″.

Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The starting point for this painting was a photo I took of the sun bursting through the trees, obliterating part of the image. I decided to incorporate the dramatic lens flare into the painting.

Artist Cedar Lee in the studio: Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee in the studio: Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

As I built up the surface with many layers of paint and cold wax medium, there is a lot of thick texture. As with all art, this one is so much better to experience in person.

Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The painting wrapping around the deep edges of the canvas gives the art a clean, modern look. The colors cover the whole spectrum, from the vibrant teal in the sky to the deep purple, magenta, orange-yellow and blue-green found in the trees.

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Upon close inspection, you can see the giant sunburst, which dominates the center of the image, contains rainbow colors.

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The trees are full of delightful painterly details–the many small marks of the brush creating areas of curved movement like a breeze through the foliage, and unexpected pops of bright colors throughout.

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The glowing yellow-white emanating from the sky fills the whole painting, appearing in of many of the negative shapes between the branches.

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The perspective of the tall trees makes you feel you are standing right there beneath them.

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The tiny shapes of a few wild birds soaring up in the distant sky add to the sense of scale.

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

These staggeringly tall trees painted in many colors, reaching up into the paradise of a glorious open sky, fill the viewer with awe at nature’s grandeur.

Dazzling Sky. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Dazzling Sky. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This beautiful imagery can bring a feeling of peace to a frenetic mind dwelling on a harsh world.

 

Cedar Lee Upcoming Exhibit at WHUUF Gallery: “Keep the Wonder”

February 9th, 2018

Portland-area folks: Mark your calendars, and come see me and my art in person on March 2nd!

KEEP THE WONDER

Paintings by Cedar Lee

Eclipse Day Climber. 30″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Eclipse Day Climber. 30″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Show February 25th to April 27th

Reception: March 2nd

6pm to 9pm

West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

8470 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223

Gallery Hours Sunday 11:45am to 1:00pm.

By appointment please call Katie at 714-203-4804

Whuuf.net

ArtByCedar.com

Shenandoah Splendor & Distant Lake

February 5th, 2018

I made these two paintings, inspired by Shenandoah National Park, a decade ago.

shenandoah splendor

Shenandoah Splendor. Acrylic on Canvas, 28″ x 46″, © 2007 Cedar Lee

Back when I lived on the East Coast, my husband and I spent time there every summer with our dog. We had a few favorite hiking trails.

distant lake

Distant Lake. Acrylic on Canvas, 28″ x 46″, © 2007 Cedar Lee

The endless rolling hills of this mountain range appear in beautiful hues from green to blue-violet.

 

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