Branches Glowing

This vertical format highly textured oil painting is called “Branches Glowing.”

Branches Glowing. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2020 Cedar Lee

A piercing sun peeks around the edge of the tree trunk, creating a circle of golden light on the rough bark of the three trees.

Detail: Branches Glowing. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2020 Cedar Lee

This painting shares a similar color palette with my painting “Jungle Glow.” The open space behind the trees glows with white light. The areas lit up by the bright sunshine are gold with hints of reddish brown, while pops of jewel-like emerald green fill the forest floor and the subtle hints of forest in the background, and the deepest shadows contain a rich purple.

Branches Glowing. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2020 Cedar Lee

I used cold wax applied with palette knives to build up a very rough, thick texture across the whole painting. In person, seeing the texture up close adds another level to enjoying this art.

Detail: Branches Glowing. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2020 Cedar Lee

The painting glows gently on the wall. It’s like looking out a window into a quiet forest.

Branches Glowing. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2020 Cedar Lee

The thick textured colors wrap around the edges of the canvas.

Detail: Branches Glowing. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2020 Cedar Lee

My inspiration for this painting came from a recent hike in the Oregon woods. The crisscrossed tree branches create interesting geometric shapes.

Branches Glowing. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2020 Cedar Lee

Because of its dramatic vertical format, 3′ tall, this painting works well when hung on a narrow wall!

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