Dreamy California

Here is “Dreamy California.”

Dreamy California. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

It was inspired by one of my many photos taken while hiking in the redwood forests in California.

Dreamy California. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

This oil painting has a very thick impasto texture painted mostly with palette knives. The shapes are roughly blocked in. Detail is minimal, with the focus on the glowing light and colors.

Detail: Dreamy California. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

The high contrast of black and white is dramatic, and the soft pastel tones are pleasing and warm.

Detail: Dreamy California. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee
Detail: Dreamy California. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

The title is Dreamy California because it’s more about the feeling I associate with my time in California, and especially my time spent in these beautiful old growth forests, than it is about a specific location. It’s a land of sunshine and opportunity.

Detail: Detail: Dreamy California. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

The trees grow so tall out west, and there is such a pure quality to the sunlight.

Dreamy California. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

In this painting, you can feel the soft warmth of that sun!

Dreamy California. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

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