Four New Resin-Coated Lotus Paintings

August 17th, 2017

I’ve been working on these four paintings for the past month! Here I was, back in July, working on the backgrounds.

In my new Lotus paintings, I create the backgrounds by dripping layers of thinned oil colors over other colors.

Artist Cedar Lee working in the studio, July 2017

Artist Cedar Lee working in the studio, July 2017

While I let this stage of the paintings become completely dry, I went on a road trip with my family to see the Grand Canyon and other wonders of the West. When I arrived back to the studio, I spent the first week of August painting lotus flowers into the foregrounds.

After waiting for them to completely dry again, my final step was to coat them in resin. Here, you can see a quick video of that process. The result is the paintings have rich, hyper-saturated color, and their surfaces are smooth, glassy, and reflective.

This one is called “Acceptance.” I placed the flower with its open petals towards the bottom of the canvas, positioned to soak up all the golden light flowing down from the top.

Acceptance. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Acceptance. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

It is a positive, almost basking sort of acceptance: accepting the bountiful gifts that life brings, which we sometimes can’t see unless our minds are open to accept them. However, it could also mean acceptance of whatever comes–the peace that comes with detachment from desire. The flower is saying, “Yes. Bring it on.”

Acceptance. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Acceptance. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The edges of these paintings are 2.5″ deep, with the paint continuing around the edges. They stand out from the wall in a dramatic way.

Reflections on resin-coated painting: Acceptance. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Reflections on resin-coated painting: Acceptance. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Up close, the quarter inch of clear resin gives the paintings a lot of depth. It’s fun to watch the reflections shift as you move past them.

Acceptance. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Acceptance. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This one is called “Dignity.”

Dignity. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Dignity. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This lotus flower is standing up so straight and looks so cool and composed.

Dignity. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Dignity. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The deep, dark purple in the bottom half of this painting is especially reflective in the right lighting.

Reflections on resin-coated painting: Dignity. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Reflections on resin-coated painting: Dignity. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Dignity. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Dignity. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Here is “Family.”

Family. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Family. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The trio of elegant blooms are in it together, growing upwards alongside each other. They are a team. This painting is a symbol of love.

Family. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee (Right: Fearless. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee)

Family. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee (Right: Fearless. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee)

And this one, “Fearless,” also shows one flower in full bloom, flanked by two smaller buds.

Fearless. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Fearless. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The feeling in this painting, glowing brightly in yellow-orange, is whimsical and celebratory. There is no fear hampering the growth of the lotuses–they explode into fullness of being without a care.

Fearless. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Fearless. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

You can see how mirror-like the surface can be in certain lighting–here, the painting is on the wall of my studio, and it’s picking up a clear reflection of a bottle of oil medium sitting in a patch of sunlight near the window.

Reflections on resin-coated painting: Fearless. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Reflections on resin-coated painting: Fearless. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Fearless. 16" x 16", Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Fearless. 16″ x 16″, Oil & Resin on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The paintings can be displayed individually, but I love them as a set as well. I chose to show them to you all at once in one blog post, because I created them all alongside each other. Four separate individual paintings, but also one cohesive art endeavor.

They could be displayed all in a row, or in a grid of four, like this:

Lotus paintings by Cedar Lee

Lotus paintings by Cedar Lee

Lotus paintings by Cedar Lee

Lotus paintings by Cedar Lee

These paintings will be on display along with my other most recent Lotus paintings at the Portland, OR art gallery Eco PDX, in September.

New Lotus Art: Passion Through Purpose

June 20th, 2017

Here is my newest Lotus painting, “Passion Through Purpose.”

Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Similar to my other recent paintings, “Rise Up,” (sold) “Imperfect Grace,” (sold) and “Courage Blooms,” this painting features three lotus flowers in a row, each in a different stage of blooming.

Cedar Lee Lotus art in office setting: Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee Lotus art in office setting: Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This repeated image is a metaphor for personal growth. The lotus growing bravely upwards out of the dark pond water towards the sunlight above can represent the journey of any human aspiration, goal-setting and reaching, self-reflection, self-realization.

Gallery-wrapped painted edges: Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Gallery-wrapped painted edges: Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Like all of my paintings, the painting continues around the deep edges of the canvas. The artwork can be framed if desired, but it has a complete, modern aesthetic all on its own.

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The paint is thickly textured throughout. A fiery yellow-orange dominates the top of the canvas.

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

As the paint drips fluidly down the painting’s background, the orange turns to red and differentiates into many thin rivulets that contrast boldly against the inky darkness below.

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The flower petals were initially painted thickly in white, with strokes of a palette knife. Thin glazes of colors were then brushed over this thick texture. The flowers stand out from the background, both in texture and in the many colors glowing within the white.

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Are the three blooms the same flower at different stages in its own blooming?

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Or are they three separate flowers, each doing their own thing alongside the others? This is left for the viewer to interpret.

The colors are vividly rich, liquid, sumptuous. They appear even more saturated when the painting is seen in full sunlight:

Detail under full sunlight: Passion Through Purpose. 30" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail under full sunlight: Passion Through Purpose. 30″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Studies: Oil & Resin on Wood

May 5th, 2017

These are the last few paintings I was able to finish right in time to be added to the Spring Sale before it begins on Sunday! I love the way they glow.

Here is “Lotus Study 3.”

Lotus Study 3. 10" x 10", Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Study 3. 10″ x 10″, Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Like Lotus Studies 1 & 2, these are all coated in thick, glossy resin.

Lotus Study 3. 10" x 10", Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Study 3. 10″ x 10″, Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

And like my newest Lotus paintings, these feature paint dripping down in the backgrounds.

Here is “Lotus Study 4.”

Lotus Study 4. 10" x 10", Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Study 4. 10″ x 10″, Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Here you can see the rich colors.

Lotus Study 4. 10" x 10", Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Study 4. 10″ x 10″, Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

And here, from a different angle, you can catch some of the beautiful reflections in the painting’s glassy surface.

Lotus Study 4. 10" x 10", Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Study 4. 10″ x 10″, Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Here is “Lotus Study 5.”

Lotus Study 5. 10" x 10", Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Study 5. 10″ x 10″, Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Rich colors!

Lotus Study 5. 10" x 10", Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Study 5. 10″ x 10″, Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Combined with the flash of reflected light.

Lotus Study 5. 10" x 10", Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Lotus Study 5. 10″ x 10″, Oil & Resin on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Here are all of the 10″ x 10″ Lotus studies I’ve completed so far. Each one is uniquely beautiful. The colors pop as light plays across the surface when they are in sunlight.

10" x 10" Oil & Resin Lotus Paintings on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

10″ x 10″ Oil & Resin Lotus Paintings on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

And the colors become deeper and darker when in shadow. Seeing them in person is much better.

10" x 10" Oil & Resin Lotus Paintings on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

10″ x 10″ Oil & Resin Lotus Paintings on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

It’s hard to describe how cool the reflective surfaces are–the reflections constantly shift and change as you walk past them and your point of view changes.

10" x 10" Oil & Resin Lotus Paintings on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

10″ x 10″ Oil & Resin Lotus Paintings on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Which one is your favorite?

They will all be available in the sale!

Inherent Promise

May 3rd, 2017

Here is “Inherent Promise.”

Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This is the same 36″ tall format as my last three vertical paintings:

Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: Stand Tall, Free Spirit, Easy Growth

Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: Stand Tall, Free Spirit, Easy Growth

But this one is different, with purple as the dominant color. I imagine the colors of the background changing as the lotus flower grows and blooms, from a deep purple to red to fiery orange.

Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This flower is only at the stage of a simple bud. But the promise of the full, glossy petals yet to be unfurled is held within it!

Detail: Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Up close, there are some beautiful details–lacy cracks in the streaming rivers of paint, tiny splatters, layers of color shimmering from beneath other layers.

Detail: Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

“Inherent Promise” is on the same size canvas as the three panorama-format Eclipse paintings you can see on the walls of the studio here.

Cedar Lee artwork in studio: (left-right, top-bottom): Eclipse With Pelicans, Inherent Promise, The Big Eclipse, Eclipse From the Precipice, Eclipse Over Red Hills

Cedar Lee artwork in studio: (left-right, top-bottom): Eclipse With Pelicans, Inherent Promise, The Big Eclipse, Eclipse From the Precipice, Eclipse Over Red Hills

Compared to horizontal paintings of the same size, it becomes clear that the vertical format combined with the vertical drips of paint gives the painting a huge sense of height and space. It visually elevates the whole room by drawing the eye upwards!

This is one of several Lotus paintings I will have available in my Spring Sale next week! I have just a few more small pieces to share with you before the sale opens. Stay tuned!

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.”

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”

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.

 

Lotus Art: Against All Odds

March 31st, 2017

Here is “Against All Odds.” The title refers to the feeling of audacious upward growth and triumph of the bravely blooming lotus flower which has grown upwards and opened itself to the sky.

Against All Odds. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Against All Odds. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

I enjoy the theme of the flower, something fine and delicate, being painted so roughly, its shape formed out of big swaths of thick paint spread on with a knife. It brings to mind the ruggedness of nature, the fact that life always finds a way. This is the real spirit of a flowering plant, despite its delicate physical form.

Detail: Against All Odds. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Against All Odds. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Like in my painting “Rise Up,” drips of yellow come down from the top, overlapping the red background which darkens to purple-black darkness at the bottom.

The lines of pink and purple immediately beneath the flower are reminiscent of rain falling off the petals, or in an impossible fantasy world, water from the pond streaming off the flower after it has dramatically popped up above the water’s surface–perhaps if the lotus flower’s growth were sped up so we could watch it happen in a matter of seconds!

Incorporated behind and within these vertical stripes of color are horizontal brush strokes, along with ripples and splatters of liquid paint.

Detail: Against All Odds. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Against All Odds. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

These hints of the horizontal, and of rippling movement, are reminiscent of the shady, shifting water out of which the lotus grows.

Detail: Against All Odds. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Against All Odds. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

I’ve built up many thick layers of paint. There are layers on top of layers of shapes and colors, creating visual interest throughout. The deep edges of the painting are dramatic!

Against All Odds. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Against All Odds. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This painting is 24″ x 36″ and will be available in my upcoming Spring Sale.

Cedar Lee in studio with painting: Against All Odds. 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee in studio with painting: Against All Odds. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

 

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