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.

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

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Happy Mother’s Day! Last Day of Spring Sale

May 13th, 2017

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day! Several of the paintings sold over the past week were a mother’s gift to herself or a gift selected for the honored mother in someone’s life, to commemorate this Mothers’ Day.

Sold artwork by Cedar Lee, being prepared for shipment

Sold artwork by Cedar Lee, being prepared for shipment

I love helping people to experience original, handmade art as the truly unique gift that it is. I hope the paintings’ new owners enjoy them for years to come.

The Art By Cedar Spring Sale ends tomorrow…Last chance to go check out what is still available!

Art By Cedar Spring Sale

May 7th, 2017

Are you ready? The Art By Cedar Spring Sale begins today at noon Pacific time!

(1pm Mountain, 2pm Central, 3pm Eastern.)

Available artwork from studio of Cedar Lee, Spring 2017

Available artwork from studio of Cedar Lee, Spring 2017

Once the sale page is live, get in quickly and claim the artwork you want using the PayPal button under your painting before someone else does! After you pay the 10% deposit, you’ll receive an email to finish your transaction, including deciding on a payment plan if you need one.

Be sure to read the terms of the sale carefully. There are lots of great perks for this sale. I hope to hook you up with some beautiful art you will love for a long time!

Let me know if you have any questions at all. Email or Facebook.

One Week Until Spring Sale!

April 29th, 2017

Officially, the dates of the Art By Cedar Spring Sale are May 8-14, but the sale will be going live in the afternoon this Sunday, May 7th, to allow everyone who will be at work on Monday morning to check out the sale the day before without being rushed.

Please keep a close eye on the Facebook page this weekend, or continue to check back at the sale page on Sunday, so you won’t miss the moment it goes live! The sale will then remain open through the evening of May 14th, Mother’s Day.

Original artwork is an unbeatable Mother’s Day gift, whether you choose to surprise her or to have her go to the sale page and choose the one she loves!

Prices for the paintings in this sale start at $290 and all shipping within the continental U.S. will be free! For anyone not in the market for an original, I will also be selling beautiful 10-packs of assorted art note cards for $29.

Can’t wait! If you have any questions leading up to the sale, please email or contact me on Facebook.

Here is a sneak peek at some of my favorite paintings that will be available on Sunday:

Spring Sale in 2 Weeks

April 24th, 2017

May 8 is fast approaching!

With the exception of any last-minute additions I’m able to make to my available artwork before the Spring Sale, you can now see what original paintings will be available, along with their sizes and prices, here.

Available paintings from Art By Cedar studio, spring 2017

Available paintings from Art By Cedar studio, spring 2017

Here’s the studio after a major cleanup, the calm before the next storm of paint-flinging.

Art studio of Cedar Lee

Art studio of Cedar Lee

As you can see, there are many paintings both finished, on the walls, and in various stages of progress, on the drying rack and easels.

The work currently in the studio is mostly from my Eclipse and Lotus series, but my sale will include pieces from the Tree of Life and Looking Up series as well!

Preparations for Art By Cedar Spring Sale

April 17th, 2017

The Art By Cedar Spring Sale is fast approaching!

The dates are May 8-14.

For weeks now I’ve been working on multiple works in progress all at once–starting new paintings and letting them dry before their next stages, then moving on to work on others.

Works in progress in Cedar Lee art studio

Works in progress in Cedar Lee art studio

I will be completing as many of these beautiful Lotus paintings as I can, right up until the day the sale opens to the public!

I love how events like this give me the extra boost of motivation to put more hours in and tap deep into my creativity. I’m in art-studio-flow-mode. We will see how many I get done! Can’t wait to show you. Stay tuned…

Why Is Art Expensive?

February 6th, 2017

Years ago, I wrote an article attempting to explain why art costs what it does, for anyone who may not know what goes on behind the pricing of the paintings you see in an art gallery or on an artist’s website.

I mostly wrote this because I am lazy. Whenever the question comes up, I can just direct people to my article rather than having to articulate the same answer again. My approach to art pricing continues to evolve over time, but the basic underlying factors remain the same. I’ve just posted my latest revision, adding a few new details.

Keep in mind: the numbers in this explanation are all hypothetical and are subject to individual variance in real life. Art, artists, and pricing methods come in infinite variations. This breakdown is given just to illustrate the general concept of a typical art pricing strategy.

Read my answer to this burning question: Why is art is expensive? If what I say makes sense to you, feel free to share the article with others.

In the studio this week, I am playing around with very thick paint! Here, the painting experience crosses into the realm of sculpture as three-dimensional forms rising off the canvas are created out of paint.

Close-up of work in progress by Cedar Lee

Close-up of work in progress by Cedar Lee

This is a sneak peek at a close-up of my current work in progress.

Artist Interview

December 12th, 2016

Today I was sent some questions by a college student requesting an interview. Scroll down to read my answers.

Earlier this week, I also took some new head shots in the studio to use on my website and social media accounts. The paintings in the background are “Oxygen,” and “A Dream of Joy and Sorrow.”

Artist Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee

Right now in the studio: I’m hoping to finish one last large Eclipse painting before the year ends. I’m working again with silhouetted people in this next one! Coming soon…

Interview with Cedar Lee:

Your artwork seems to have a common theme; how would you describe your art?

I currently have four different series of paintings I’m still adding to, and I skip around from one to another: “Looking Up”— tree canopies and giant sequoia forests, “Lotus”—stylized lotus flowers, “Eclipse”—exploring the moment of a total solar eclipse, and “Tree of Life”—different images of the Tree of Life, often showing the roots underground, and some including small human figures.

These themes are pretty varied but are all obviously nature-inspired, and they all include a bold use of color. My work is a combination of realistic imagery and things pulled from my imagination.

Who and what are your inspirations in your work and as a professional artist?

I take a lot of photographs and I’m always collecting mental images that find their way into my paintings. I’m heavily influenced by my travels and many different places I’ve lived—this is most evident in my paintings inspired directly by nature hikes through forests, but in my more whimsical images as well—there is often a spirit of wonder and adventure to be found in the image, and sometimes there is even a human adventurer pictured.

In the studio, I like the challenge of mastering the materials. My inspiration is often found in the act itself of creating artwork, as things I discover while experimenting or solving a problem will lead into the next piece.

How did college prepare you for your career as an artist?

I have a BA in studio art from Goucher College in Baltimore. They have an excellent art department. Beyond the obvious benefits of taking art classes—introduction to different art mediums and techniques, and art history, during my time there I learned how to think about and talk about art with my fellow art students. My senior year was most valuable to me as a painter, when I did a semester of independent study, which was my first experience creating a cohesive series of paintings for my senior thesis show. This was my first time seeing a long-term creative project through to the end. Persistence towards bigger goals than just whatever current art piece you’re working on is such an indispensable part of artistic success.

Notably lacking from my college curriculum was any focus on art business—something that I had to figure out afterwards on my own. I think that college art programs should all include courses on entrepreneurship, marketing, and small business strategy. Most don’t, and this is a great disservice to many students who are serious about pursuing careers as artists, but aren’t being given the tools they need.

What do you consider to be your most important accomplishment to this date?

I have just recently created my 500th painting! (Not including any artwork created in my childhood and teens before I started cataloging my artwork.) The work is always my biggest accomplishment. Selling artwork is exciting, exhibiting is exciting, but without the paintings themselves, none of that could happen.

Please note: arguably much more important than this, I am also raising two beautiful children.

What advice would you give to an aspiring artist today?

Never stop. To be a professional artist, you have to want it more than anything. You have to have a certain kind of stubborn personality that won’t ever let you quit, and you have to have just the right balance of ego and humbleness. You have to understand that you suck while also believing in your work enough to keep striving to be great. You have to commit to figuring out your blind spots and teaching yourself everything you need to learn.

Figure out early on how to create a professional image and how to present your work well to the public. A website is a must. Create a consistent body of work, photograph it well and keep your files organized. Use the best quality art materials you can afford. Value your own time and expertise, and refuse to work for free.

Read about art business, make strategic plans, and work your plans. Subscribe to Professional Artist magazine, the email newsletters from Alyson Stanfield aka “Art Biz Coach” and Jason Horejs’ “Reddotblog.” Read “The War of Art,” “Steal Like an Artist,” “Art and Fear,” and all the other books you can that help you gain perspective.

If you must work an unrelated job to keep your finances afloat, or you have family responsibilities that limit your time, that is okay. Just keep the thread of your art alive throughout the years, and you’ll be glad you are prepared when opportunities present. Take the long view. Being an artist is a lifetime endeavor.

Seek out and surround yourself with artists that inspire you. When in doubt, look at lots of great art to re-ignite your passion and commitment to your own work. Just as they say, “write the book you want to read,” it’s important to paint the painting you want to hang on your own wall. Create the thing that you need to exist in the world, and if all else fails, you’ll still have experienced one of the best parts of being human.

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