Creative Vision

November 7th, 2018

Here is the first self portrait I’ve created in 11 years: “Creative Vision.”

Creative Vision. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Creative Vision. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

It is about being an artist and an agent of purposeful change and action–the process of conceiving new ideas, and initiating the process of actualizing them.

Creative Vision. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Creative Vision. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

A new idea, inspiration or goal that has formed in my mind is represented by the electric blue orb floating between my outstretched hands. It is rotating, flickering, in constant motion as it forms itself under the complete focus of my eyes.

Creative Vision. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Creative Vision. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This orb of creative power puts off a glowing light like a bright candle flame.

Close-up detail: Creative Vision. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Creative Vision. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Visualizing what could be is the first step of setting an intention, which is the precursor to any action. It is the way that I get things done, whether I’m thinking of new paintings, or things I want to manifest in other areas of my life.

Close-up detail: Creative Vision. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Creative Vision. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The abstract pattern in the background is reminiscent of champagne bubbles rising in a glass, negative shapes of light glowing through tree branches, or sparks shooting from the flames of a bonfire into the sky.

Close-up detail: Creative Vision. 20" x 20", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Creative Vision. 20″ x 20″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

–William Hutchinson Murray / Goethe

Fall

October 30th, 2018

Here is “Fall.”

Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This painting is full of the vibrant red, orange and yellow colors of autumn leaves in the forest.

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Sunlight bursts through the colorful foliage from the bright sunny sky in the background.

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The deep blue in the top left corner serves as a complementary color to the warm oranges, bringing out the full spectrum of warm colors in the fall leaves.

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Warm light filters through from the background, permeating the whole space.

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

There is a high contrast between the bright white sky and the dark tree trunks in the foreground.

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The trees viewed from below create a dizzying perspective as they tower into the sky above.

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The painting continues around the deep edges of the wood panel.

Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The design, light and colors work together to bring the glorious feeling of a perfect fall day into a large painting on the wall!

Art by Cedar Lee in living room: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Art by Cedar Lee in living room: Fall. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Mural for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

October 26th, 2018

In June,  I worked on a team to help finish a mural in Southeast Portland.

In July, I was added to the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Muralist Roster.

And now, I’ve finished a beautiful mural for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank!

I’ve been doing volunteer shifts in the gardens there for a couple years. I very much admire the work of Art and Shantae, the leaders of this urban farm.

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

The design for this mural was sketched out by urban farmer and artist Edward Hill before I arrived to do the second half of the work.

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

I finished filling in the color and added all the finishing details to bring it together into this gorgeous, nature-inspired completed mural.

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

The plan is to eventually mount the mural up high on the wall of the building.

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

The mural is approximately 8′ tall and 36′ wide. 

Human for scale!

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

If you are local to Portland, you can go see it at the barn behind the Oregon Food Bank. (Sign up for a volunteer garden shift while you’re at it!)

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

I’m so happy to have been a part of this project!

Mural completed by Cedar Lee for Mudbone Grown Unity Farm at Oregon Food Bank

As always, contact me to inquire about your Portland-area mural needs!

Wild Wood

September 24th, 2018

Here is Wild Wood!

Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This painting was inspired by a photo my friend took on Wildwood Trail, a local Portland hiking spot.

Painting in Cedar Lee art studio: Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Painting in Cedar Lee art studio: Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This “wild wood” is full of movement, the details of many weaving twigs and branches, light and color.

Artist Cedar Lee in the studio with painting: Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee in the studio with painting: Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

At 30″ x 40″, painted on a wood panel, this piece of art can set the mood of a whole room.

Artist Cedar Lee in the studio with painting: Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Artist Cedar Lee in the studio with painting: Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Crimson and gold leaves hang in the foreground, illuminated by the bright sunlight, signifying the beginning of fall.

Close-up detail: Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Some of the branches are draped with sun-lit moss. The sun, low in the sky, bursts around the edge of the large tree trunk in the foreground.

Close-up detail: Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Hints of a dense forest are shown in soft colors in the background. The trees in the distance are softened and partially washed out by a combination of overpowering sunlight and thick mist in the air.

Close-up detail: Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Some of the foliage in the distance is muted green and blue, with the more sun-drenched trees glowing in pink, lavender and gold. Countless thin branches weave together overhead.

Close-up detail: Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The beautiful trees fill the whole painting with life.

Painting in Cedar Lee art studio: Wild Wood. 30" x 40", Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Painting in Cedar Lee art studio: Wild Wood. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Original available for purchase.

Book Illustration On the Horizon

September 14th, 2018

I just signed as the illustrator for a book by award-winning children’s author Liz Rusch!

I will be creating artwork for the book over the next year, and it is scheduled to be printed in spring of 2020.

Past work: "Sapphire Eclipse." 3 panels, 20" x 60", © Cedar Lee. SOLD

Past work: “Sapphire Eclipse.” 3 panels, 20″ x 60″, © Cedar Lee. SOLD

The theme of the book is the aurora borealis.

Past work: "Moon Watcher." 12" x 36", © Cedar Lee.  SOLD

Past work: “Moon Watcher.” 12″ x 36″, © Cedar Lee.  SOLD

Some of the previous themes I’ve worked with–images of big colorful skies and the cosmos, and of little people experiencing the grandeur of the big world, have prepared me to paint such a theme.

Past work: "Wind in Your Hair." 12" x 16", © Cedar Lee.  SOLD

Past work: “Wind in Your Hair.” 12″ x 16″, © Cedar Lee.  SOLD

I’m looking forward to this project! More news to come.

Thor: A Rare Portrait

September 10th, 2018

I don’t always paint portraits, but when I do…

Thor. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Thor. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

I paint my handsome cousin Thor!

Thor. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Thor. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

These days portrait commissions are something I do only occasionally, usually for friends and family.

Detail: Thor. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Thor. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The blue and gold colors in this painting work well together. The turquoise pendant of the necklace brings out the blue in the eyes.

Thor. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Thor. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The hammock in the background creates interesting geometric shapes.

Jungle Glow

August 28th, 2018

Here is “Jungle Glow.” This scene evokes images of birdsong and forest sprites playing.

Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The inspiration for this painting was a photo I took on a wooded trail near the Waitomo glowworm caves in New Zealand.

Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The two trees are back-lit by brilliant sunlight, filling the scene with a warm glow.

Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The painting continues around the deep edges of the canvas.

Detail: Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The bottom of the image is filled with dark, saturated colors–bright yellow leaves standing out against the cool darkness of the ground. 

Detail: Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Golden highlights fall on the tree trunk on the left in a series of small yellow dots. The trees are painted in unconventional colors, including violet and magenta, alongside the deep green leaves and the clean white of the sunlit sky in the background. The colors work together harmoniously to create a happy image.

Detail: Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

In the top third of the painting, the branches of the trees intertwine gracefully as they reach into the sky.

Art by Cedar Lee in interior space: Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Art by Cedar Lee in interior space: Jungle Glow. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

At 36″ x 12″, the vertical format is perfect for a tall wall, bringing a colorful light and uplifting energy to any space.

Jungle Lace

July 27th, 2018

Here is “Jungle Lace.”

Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

I took the reference photo for this painting while hiking the beautiful Manoa Falls trail on the island of Oahu this past winter:

Reference photo for painting: Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Reference photo for painting: Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

I was inspired by the bits of light poking through the lacy holes in the leaves, likely nibbled by caterpillars to create this effect. It’s like an elegant parasol overhead!

Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

I used artistic license to make the image colorful, incorporating gold and magenta throughout.

Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The edges of the canvas are 2.5″ deep, making this painting three-dimensional.

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The bright sunlight falls on the trees in the background, highlighting the thick tangle of tree trunks and branches.

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Some of the leaves are filled with a blue light.

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The many delicate holes are irregular shapes and sizes, creating the effect of a randomly-created lace.

Art By Cedar Summer Sale

July 20th, 2018

Ready to add some art to your life?

 

Art By Cedar Summer Sale Begins Saturday!

The 2018 Art By Cedar Summer Sale will be live from July 21-28!.

ArtByCedar.com/sale

It’s time to transform your space with original art.

This sale, up for one week only, includes the following offers:

  • Fantastic deals on originals: “Buy One, Get One” or 10% Off retail value.
  • Shipping within the continental U.S. is free!
  • Credit cards accepted. Payment plans available.
  • Chance to win a free painting on Facebook.

Art awaits you!

Visit the Sale

Tunnel

June 24th, 2018

Here is “Tunnel.” A sunny path cuts through dense woods. Bright sunshine forms interesting negative shapes between the trunks and branches. Sunlight pours in through the opening at the end of the tunnel–perhaps it leads to a wide open clearing.

Tunnel. 8" x 10", Acrylic on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Tunnel. 8″ x 10″, Acrylic on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Like all of my paintings, the painting continues around the edges. The 8″ x 10″ wood panel with edges 1.5″ deep. gives a very dramatic look.

Tunnel. 8" x 10", Acrylic on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Tunnel. 8″ x 10″, Acrylic on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This wildly colorful painting will be gifted for FREE to one lucky person on Facebook, determined randomly at the conclusion of my upcoming Summer Sale, July 21-28.

Tunnel. 8" x 10", Acrylic on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Tunnel. 8″ x 10″, Acrylic on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This sweet little painting could be yours. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates on how to get a chance to win.

Workspace with art: Tunnel. 8" x 10", Acrylic on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Workspace with art: Tunnel. 8″ x 10″, Acrylic on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

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