Visions of Rain

December 31st, 2017

Here is “Visions of Rain.”

Visions of Rain. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Visions of Rain. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

It is the same panorama-format and theme as my painting, “Pacific Northwest Dreams.” With the theme of nature and trees, these paintings are related to my “Looking Up” series.

Visions of Rain. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Visions of Rain. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

With the panorama landscape view and the addition of human faces superimposed on a landscape, they are also a bit of a departure in style, an artistic exploration.

Artist Cedar Lee working in painting studio: Visions of Rain. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee working in painting studio: Visions of Rain. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

In this painting, dark rain clouds are rolling in from the left. The sky is full of water–clouds of mist as well as heavy rain spatters. The trees below are soft and muted shapes, made vague by the moisture in the atmosphere as well as distance, with the trees closer to the foreground a bit more defined.

Detail: Visions of Rain. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Visions of Rain. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The woman, with her eyes intently closed, is looking inward. The title, “Visions of Rain” implies that this dramatic landscape is possibly being created in her mind’s eye.

Detail: Visions of Rain. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Visions of Rain. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Or possibly, while she is immersed in such a real landscape, her sense of self has dissolved into it. She is translucent, almost ghostly. You can feel her connection to the sky and the land.

Detail: Visions of Rain. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Visions of Rain. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

As I live in Portland, Oregon, and we are currently in the rainy season typical of winters here, this painting is my way of embracing the wet weather. The chill and the gray skies have their own austere beauty. While we are induced into feelings of hibernation, the water outside is giving green life to the lush forests for the whole year to come.

Visions of Rain. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Visions of Rain. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

First on my agenda in 2018 is to create more new “Looking Up” paintings. Happy New Year to all!

Window

December 12th, 2017

Here is “Window.”

Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The tops of the trees frame an opening in the sky, like a giant window looking out from the forest into the heavens.

Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

There is another subtle window within that window, created by the white fluffy clouds framing a patch of blue sky.

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The trees in the distance are partially obfuscated by brilliant light, giving only a sense of their shapes as they stand in the sun far away.

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The foliage in the background evokes the sound of a gentle breeze rushing through the trees. In the foreground, the tree trunks are in deep shadow, almost black.

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Dark shapes of leaves are contrasted against the brightness of the sky.

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Light peeks through the tree branches. These negative spaces throughout give the painting a soft, colorful glow.

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This painting is the last of six of this size that, earlier this year, I set out to finish.

Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

With only a few weeks left in the year, I have finally completed the challenging goal I set for myself!

Cedar Lee painting studio. Art: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee painting studio. Art: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

I happened to catch the painting in the studio illuminated by the bright rays of sun streaming in from above: A fitting image to celebrate this winter solstice, the gradual return of the sun, and the window of possibility that is 2018.

Cedar Lee art studio. Art: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee art studio. Art: Window. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Pacific Northwest Dreams

November 29th, 2017

This oil painting is a little divergence from my usual style: “Pacific Northwest Dreams.”

Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

My inspiration is the rainy season in Portland, Oregon.

Detail: Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

On the left, the face of a young woman, semi-translucent to show her mind is completely immersed in the setting, is superimposed on the blue-green landscape, her eyes gazing dreamily upward. She is soaking in the fresh, cleansing rain-scented air.

Detail: Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

She feels the healing, refreshing power of nature. She absorbs a calm, sleepy feeling from the uniquely soft cool grays of winter in the Pacific Northwest.

Detail: Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Mt. Hood in the far distance is framed by the evergreens of Mt. Tabor Park, in a blue-gray misty sky.

Detail: Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Moisture fills the air throughout the image, from soft misty clouds to large spatters of raindrops.

Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Pacific Northwest Dreams. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This panorama-format painting is 3 feet across.

 

Forest Art: Suffused With Light

October 31st, 2017

Here’s what I’ve been up to this month: “Suffused With Light.”

Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This large-scale painting shows the forest on a brilliantly sunny day.

Cedar Lee artist working in the studio. Painting: Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee artist working in the studio. Painting: Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

White light fills the sky and washes out the top of the giant sequoia’s trunk where it falls.

Detail: Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Beams of light shoot down through the background trees. There’s a feeling of movement in the leaves, the sun shifting, shimmering, and glinting.

Detail: Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee artist working in the studio

Cedar Lee artist working in the studio

While the foliage of the large tree in the center is lit up in yellow, completely washed out to white in places, other trees are in shadow.

Cedar Lee artist studio. Painting: Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee artist studio. Painting: Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The shadowed foliage is blue and emerald green. Two trees appear small, in the distance, in dark blue green, almost in silhouette.

Detail: Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Some of the thin branches hang gracefully, swaying gently in the sunshine.

Detail: Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The painting continues around the deep edges of the painting. The wood panel is heavy and solid.

Cedar Lee studio. Painting: Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee studio. Painting: Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

One more of this size is still in progress!

Cedar Lee artist working in the studio. Foreground: Suffused With Light. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee artist working in the studio. Foreground: Suffused With Light. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

From the Forest Floor

September 25th, 2017

Here is the latest in my new series of realistic 4-foot square forest paintings. It is taking me approximately 4 weeks to complete each one.

“From the Forest Floor”

From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

One of my goals is to create an image detailed enough to achieve realism, but still loose and playful enough to convey artistic creativity within the medium. I want to create not just a beautiful image of the forest, but also an image full of interesting colors, a variety of rough and smooth textures, both vague and sharp distinctions between forms.

This painting shows the experience of craning your neck to look straight up above your head.

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The canopy of leaves directly overhead shelters us. These leaves closest to the ground can be seen in detail, their edges outlined in yellow sunshine.

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Beyond them the foliage higher up in the sky is merely hinted at, fuzzy, out of focus, tree shapes of yellow and turquoise, partially washed out by the brightness of the sun.

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The negative spaces where the light shines through look like countless little glinting jewels.

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

In the foreground, the texture of the redwood bark is shown in sharp light and shadow. The highlights are warm pink and the shadows in the crevices are deep magenta and purple.

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

At the crown of the giant sequoia tree, the branches are splayed out–close up, this makes a beautiful abstract pattern of shapes and colors. When you back up and look at the entire image, it says, “tree.”

From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The painting continues around the deep edges of the heavy wooden panel. In person, the quality of the materials and the texture of the painting add to its beauty. I’ve loved getting back into more large-scale pieces this year! The time put into it becomes worth it when I see the completed painting.

Artist Cedar Lee with painting: From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee with painting: From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Giant redwood trees in particular work well on a large scale. Viewers are pulled into the scene like they are really there!

Example of possible living room with painting: From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Example of possible living room with painting: From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

A painting of this scale can fill a large wall, totally transforming a living space.

Example of possible living room with painting: From the Forest Floor. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Example of possible living room with painting: From the Forest Floor. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

I hope to complete two more of this size before the end of the year, while fitting in work on some smaller pieces as well.

Sun & Shadows

August 25th, 2017

I’ve finished another 48″ x 48″!

Here is “Sun & Shadows.”

Cedar Lee, artist in the studio with oil painting Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee, artist in the studio with oil painting Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

It’s a sunny summer day in the redwood forest. There is a sharp contrast between light and dark throughout the image.

Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Brilliant white sunlight floods the whole sky, completely washing out the highest parts of the large sequoia tree in the center.

Artwork in painting studio: Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artwork in painting studio: Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The sunlight illuminates some of the distant tree tops in yellow.

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

In the foreground, but still high above our heads, as we are craning our necks to look straight up into the sky, floats a cluster of rich green leaves.

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Some of the leaves are in shadow, a green so dark it’s almost black, while others are brighter, lighter shades of green, catching sunlight from above.

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The giant tree trunk is blue and purple in shadow, back-lit by the sun. In front of it, leaves sit in a bright patch of sun, shining white and yellow.

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The far-away tree tops high in the sky are represented by thousands of tiny shapes, dots of light and color strewn together. It gives a sense of movement, and the twinkling of light as it filters through the many tiny shapes.

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The forest on this day is dazzling! There is a sense of cool shade from this vantage point.

Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The heat of the sun is all outside, above the forest, being captured up there in the sky by the living green network of ancient trees.

Sun & Shadows. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Sun & Shadows. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Here is a quick glimpse of the painting progress, taken in the studio earlier this month:

Kaleidoscopic Forest

July 7th, 2017

I’ve finished another large-scale painting! Here is “Kaleidoscopic Forest.”

Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This painting is like looking into a kaleidoscope: the vibrant rainbow of colors, the many small dynamic shapes and the dizzying perspective that gives a feeling of turning movement.

Artist Cedar Lee in the studio with painting: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee in the studio with painting: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The large scale pulls the viewer right into the depth of the redwood forest canopy.

Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The giant trees zoom high into the sky. The sunlight above the treetops is a brilliant white.

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Up close, the painting becomes more abstract.

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

In the yellow sunlight glowing through the overhead foliage, some of the patterns look like plant cells or stained glass, amorphous shapes outlined. Parts of the image have a fluid quality reminiscent of a reflection in water.

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

From the texture of the tree bark in the foreground to the tiny branches high in the sky and lit up by the sun like a flame, all the colors are vivid. Every color of the rainbow is present.

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The playfulness of the painting process is evident in unexpected circles and curlicues in the tree branches.

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The leaves (needles?) on the most distant branches show up as tiny patterns of dots and lines. The bright sun washes out parts of the tree canopy.

All these details come together as one realistic image, giving the feeling of being present in a real forest of majestic ancient redwoods.

Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This painting is currently on loan to the newly opened Ever Green Salon in SW Portland, OR, where it can be seen in person starting tomorrow, if you are local!

Sun-Dappled Sequoias

May 29th, 2017

Here is “Sun-Dappled Sequoias.”

It is among the largest paintings I’ve done.

Cedar Lee painting: "Sun-Dappled Sequoias" large scale wall art

Cedar Lee painting: “Sun-Dappled Sequoias” large scale wall art

The colors include pops of bright turquoise, purple, magenta, yellow and tangerine orange. Aside from those artistic color choices, when you look at the image in its entirety, it appears as a realistic image of an ancient redwood forest–you are looking up into the treetops.

Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The light and heat from this sunny day are bouncing off of the thousands of evergreen needles far above your head, the sun filtering down and glimmering like countless little diamonds.

Detail: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Upon closer examination, every part of the painting is full of interesting details. The negative spaces of the light sky between the overhead foliage appear as a multitude of colorful cells.

Detail: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

In  the bark of the giant tree on the left, and in the thick foliage, bits are illuminated by brilliant sunlight, intensely contrasted against the dark colors in the shadows.

Detail: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Long curving branches overlap to create geometric patterns. Squiggly lines work alongside straight lines. Warm colors push up against cool.

Detail: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Detail: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

There is movement in every corner of the painting, inviting the viewer to get lost in the details.

Cedar Lee forest painting work in progress

Cedar Lee forest painting work in progress

This painting has taken many hours to complete, over the course of the past month! Painting something so large but also so detailed has been a big challenge for me, and also a lot of fun.

Artist Cedar Lee working in studio. Painting: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee working in studio. Painting: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

My favorite part was seeing it all come together in the last few hours as I added the finishing touches.

Artist Cedar Lee working in studio. Painting: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee working in studio. Painting: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

All art is much better experienced in person, but this is especially so with large-scale art. It fills a whole wall of my studio!

Artist Cedar Lee in studio. Painting: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee in studio. Painting: Sun-Dappled Sequoias. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Nothing can truly capture the awesome experience of physically being on the floor of giant redwood forest, but this painting evokes some of that feeling.

New Year’s Art Projects

January 6th, 2017

I’m back to work after visiting with family for two weeks over the holidays. Happy New Year!

In the studio on this sunny but frigidly cold first week of January, I have my five most recent Eclipse paintings laid out on the drying rack, all awaiting their final coat of varnish.

Eclipse paintings in Cedar Lee art studio

Eclipse paintings in Cedar Lee art studio

In 2016, I created 53 paintings–not bad! This is an average of slightly more than one painting per week, especially considering there were 5 weeks out of last year when I did not work in the studio due to various travels. So, 53 is my goal to beat for 2017! There are never enough hours in the day. I’m sure I’m not alone in this feeling.

I’m already working on my first painting of the new year, but it’s a fairly large one (30″ x 40″) and therefore a bit time-consuming, so it probably won’t be finished until next week. I like to start out a new year with something ambitious before moving on to the many smaller things I want to do.

I don’t want to show the new work in progress in entirety, but here is a close-up of a little piece of it.

Cedar Lee close-up of work in progress

Also in the studio today, I’ve just finished painting this belly cast for a friend. She requested a Tree of Life as the main theme, with the cycles of the moon across the chest.

Belly cast painted by Cedar Lee

Here are the colors currently on my palette after working on both my large work-in-progress and the belly cast. I always like to look at messy paint palettes–sometimes they can stand on their own as inadvertently beautiful abstract paintings.

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Deep Roots and Milky Way

November 7th, 2016

Here is “Deep Roots and Milky Way,” the newest addition to my Tree of Life series.

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This is a commissioned piece, and my client requested that I create a new image with the sky similar to the sky in my painting, Lone Tree and Milky Way:

Lone Tree and Milky Way. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2013

Lone Tree and Milky Way. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2013

And a tree with roots similar to those in my painting, Gilded Breeze:

Gilded Breeze. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Gilded Breeze. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This presented a fun challenge! For reference again, here’s what I ended up with:

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

In this time lapse video from a day’s work in my studio, you can see me working on this painting (I tone some small wood panels first–skip to 0:23 if you are impatient):

Side-view:

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

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