Deep Roots and Milky Way

Here is “Deep Roots and Milky Way,” the newest addition to my Tree of Life series.

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This is a commissioned piece, and my client requested that I create a new image with the sky similar to the sky in my painting, Lone Tree and Milky Way:

Lone Tree and Milky Way. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2013
Lone Tree and Milky Way. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2013

And a tree with roots similar to those in my painting, Gilded Breeze:

Gilded Breeze. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Gilded Breeze. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

This presented a fun challenge! For reference again, here’s what I ended up with:

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

In this time lapse video from a day’s work in my studio, you can see me working on this painting (I tone some small wood panels first–skip to 0:23 if you are impatient):

Side-view:

Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Deep Roots and Milky Way. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

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