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!

Swallowtail Butterfly Egress Window Mural

June 15th, 2018

This is a personal project in my own home that I just had to share with you!

This is an egress window that was recently installed in a basement room to turn it into a legal, fire-safe bedroom. Because the area outside the window is mostly underground, it was necessary to install a 4-foot tall concrete retention wall right outside the window. The result was a quite ugly view outside the window –a blank gray concrete wall taking up the entire view, 3 feet from your face.

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural: Before

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural: Before

So, I made a painting on it!

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural: After

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural: After

I wanted something light, bright, colorful, and nature-themed, to make it feel like you’re looking out into a beautiful, sunny garden.

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

I decided on a giant swallowtail butterfly on a backdrop of out-of-focus cherry blossoms.

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

The three walls of the enclosure are 40 square feet in total–the main wall being 4’x4′ and the two side walls being 4’x3′.

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

When the sun shines down into the space, the colors bring a rosy glow into the whole room.

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

It’s a private little nook not clearly visible unless you are in this room, which makes it a special secret. My house now has this interesting feature that can only be fully discovered from the inside.

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

When you open the window on a pleasant day to let the fresh air in, the sounds of birds and the sights and scents of the real garden at ground level above add to the experience of the mural.

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural

Look at the Before & After to see how much this mural has transformed the room!

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural: Before & After

Cedar Lee Swallowtail Mural: Before & After

If you are in the Portland, Oregon area and you have a similar ugly view on which you want me to work my magic, shoot me an email to discuss.

Installation of Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

June 13th, 2018

All spring I have been taking this course in muralism under the brilliant mural artist Hector H. Hernandez through PSU.

Cedar Lee assisting in installation of Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Here’s the project my team just completed! Hector already had a mural up on this building, and we added the top part under the eaves of the roof to complete the image.

Cedar Lee assisting in installation of Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee assisting in installation of Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

We painted the image onto Pellon interfacing fabric, (similar to parachute fabric) then glued it onto the building with acrylic soft gel medium.

 
Cedar Lee assisting in installation of Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee assisting in installation of Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

It’s a very cool technique that allows you to complete all your hours of painting elsewhere, then install the mural on site very quickly in one day.

Cedar Lee assisting in installation of Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

I’m excited about all I’ve learned in this class!

Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

I have done some mural work in the past, but in assisting Hector with this project, I’ve added some of the newest advances in mural-painting techniques to my qualifications as an artist.

Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Hector Hernandez Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

If you are in Portland, go check out this mural at SE 49th and Division!

Cedar Lee (left) and Hector Hernandez (right) with Monarca Mural in Portland, OR

Cedar Lee (left) and Hector Hernandez (right) with Monarca Mural in Portland, OR