Arboreal Dendrites

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

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

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

Oahu Tree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No frame is needed for this art!

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

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