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

Re-Working “Red Trunks” During Portland Open Studios

October 17th, 2016

This was my first year as a participating artist in Portland Open Studios. It was a much bigger event than what I’d pictured when I applied to be part of the tour, but I’m glad I did!

This was the event that gave me a hard deadline for finishing the interior of my new studio and getting moved in. It was a lot of work all at once, but if I hadn’t had that deadline pushing me, I may not even have walls up in there right now!

During the two weeks of the event, I sold a few paintings to new collectors, which is always exciting. I got to meet a lot of nice art lovers. Some of my favorite people to talk to were the younger teenage artists who brought their parents along with them as they got to geek out about art.

I took a time-lapse video on Saturday this past weekend. Traffic was very slow that day because there was a rain storm with high winds going on outside. I took advantage of it being relatively slow to finish re-working my painting, “Red Trunks.”

This is what the painting originally looked like:

Red Trunks. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Original version of Red Trunks. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

I had called it finished and even exhibited it in its former state. Don’t get me wrong–I liked the painting. I just did not feel completely satisfied with it or ready to move on from it. It would not leave me alone.

About a year ago, I took the painting down from my website and stopped exhibiting it, determined to re-work it until I absolutely loved it. I re-worked it quite a bit, changing the colors a lot as I painted over the original image, but it wasn’t yet where I wanted it to be. I put it aside to work on other things, where it has been sitting for many months in an in-between state.

That’s what you see at the beginning of this video–big painting on the easel towards the right of the frame. At the beginning of the video, you’ll see me prepping three 12″ x 36″ canvases to paint on later. From then on, I’m focused on the big painting on the easel for most of the day. Later in the afternoon, I get a crowd of visitors when the sun comes out. You’ll see me welcoming people and giving talks about the various artwork in the studio. One amusing detail throughout is the frequent interruptions from the little figure in magenta: my 5-year-old, who is very persistently seeking to be hired on as my official studio assistant.

Enjoy watching the transformation of this painting into its new incarnation over the course of my day in the studio!


Here is what the finished painting now looks like!

Newly re-worked painting: Red Trunks. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Newly re-worked painting: Red Trunks. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Red Trunks. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Red Trunks. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The end result of re-working this painting is a much brighter, more three-dimensional, textured, and overall more vibrant and beautiful image. I’m so glad I stuck with this one.

Old and new, side-by-side (click to enlarge):

Red Trunks. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee. Old version (left) and new after re-working the painting (right)

Red Trunks. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee. Old version (left) and new after re-working the painting (right)

The paintings I spend the most time agonizing over are sometimes the ones that end up closest to my heart.

Close-up details:

Detail: Red Trunks. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Red Trunks. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Red Trunks. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Red Trunks. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Red Trunks. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Red Trunks. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

By Sunday, the storm had cleared and I got a constant stream of visitors all day! What a whirlwind this event has been.

Now that Portland Open Studios is over, at least until next year, my studio will now shift away from this setup that is designed to be welcoming to guests, more like an art gallery–and towards every inch of usable work space being used for paintings in various stages of completion–beautiful chaos. It’ll probably get a little messy. Can’t wait.

Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark

October 13th, 2016

I made this little painting during the first weekend of Portland Open Studios:

Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

It’s a very similar composition to my earlier painting, “Redwoods in the Sun,” but the earlier painting has a more pastel color palette and a flatter texture. In this painting, I painted the tree trunks with cold wax medium and a palette knife, so the bark of the trees is reminiscent of the rough surface of real redwood bark.

Detail: Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

I made a quick time lapse video of the painting process, condensing about 4 hours of painting into 2 minutes. As you can see, I painted the sky and background foliage first using oil medium and a brush, then switched to cold wax medium and a knife for the thick tree trunks in the foreground before switching back to a brush to add in small branches and details like highlights and shadows.

The painting wraps around the deep edges of the wood panel, an effect I always love, but it looks especially cool in this case because of the the thick texture of the paint.

Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10" x 10", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Redwoods in the Sun, Thick Bark. 10″ x 10″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

I’ve sold four painting in the past week, and I’ve been enjoying sharing my work and process with the steady stream of art lovers who’ve come through.

Local folks: Portland Open Studios wraps up this weekend. I’ll be accepting visitors at my studio in SE Portland Saturday and Sunday, 10-5. The weather report is calling for heavy rain all weekend. I hope this won’t stop some more visitors from making the trek over. My studio is warm and cozy in this wet weather!

Email me for the address and more info. For access to the whole tour of 106 art studios around the city, pick up the tour guide or mobile app.

Moon Watcher

May 19th, 2016

Here is “Moon Watcher.”

Cedar Lee with her art: Moon Watcher. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee with her art: Moon Watcher. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This Tree of Life is enormous, ancient and regal.

Moon Watcher. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Moon Watcher. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The giant full moon hangs near the horizon over deep green hills. And standing on top of one of the tree’s roots, which rises up out of the ground like a lookout tower, is this little person. She surveys the landscape spread out below, the streaks of atmosphere in the starry sky, and the quiet, beautiful moon.

Detail: Moon Watcher. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Moon Watcher. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

I imagine her as cultivating her own independence. She’s an intrepid adventurer!

To me, it looks like she is drawing strength from the sturdy tree. The whorls and contours of the massive trunk are gray, gold and lavender in the milky moonlight.

Detail: Moon Watcher. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Moon Watcher. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The stars shine like diamonds.

Detail: Moon Watcher. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Moon Watcher. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This is one of many new paintings in my Spring Sale that have sold before they’re dry! You can expect several of the newly sold pieces to become available as prints on my Fine Art America page over the next few weeks.

Moon Watcher. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Moon Watcher. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

If you haven’t yet visiting my big sale, check it out. People are taking advantage of the extended payment plans and free shipping to get beautiful art onto their walls. The sale will be up until May 30th!

Invoicing, packing and shipping is keeping me busy this week. I am available if you have any questions–just email.

Runaway

May 16th, 2016

This whimsical painting is called “Runaway.”

Runaway. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Runaway. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

I started with this rolling green landscape, and a full golden moon hanging in the sky above the hills. The sky is rich with hazy blue clouds and a spattering of twinkling stars.

Detail: Runaway. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Runaway. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

To me, it looks like the tree, with its curved branches reaching, is calling out, beckoning towards the moon on its path through the sky.

After I painted that part, I sat back and looked at the painting, asking myself what else it needed. Suddenly, I envisioned this little person, sprinting down the hill towards the tree, his path lit by the big moon overhead. It had to be. I added him, and it transformed the image into something fun and exhilarating!

Detail: Runaway. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Runaway. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

I like that he’s running toward the tree–if not his final destination, it will be a stop on his journey.

The painting wraps around all the edges.

Detail: Runaway. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Runaway. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee with her painting: Runaway. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee with her painting: Runaway. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Imagine the freedom of running through this glorious landscape into the bright starry night!

Detail: Runaway. 12" x 36", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Detail: Runaway. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The Art By Cedar Spring Sale is officially underway as art lovers are making their choices and taking advantage of the free shipping and payment plans! Make sure to go check it out if you haven’t yet. There are still plenty of awesome paintings left to be claimed!

You may email me if you have any questions.

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