From the Art By Cedar Archives: Reaching For the Sky

This painting would become, several months after its creation, the first I ever sold in a gallery show! “Reaching For the Sky.”

Reaching for the Sky. 24" x 16", Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee
Reaching for the Sky. 24″ x 16″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee

That year I spent a lot of time by myself in the woods on Goucher College’s campus, taking pictures and sketching images of the forest.

I was about to graduate with my art degree. I was starting to figure out how to stick with one subject for a while. The prospect of channeling my artistic focus into something bigger than just one art piece–the idea of creating, as they say, a cohesive body of work, was lighting a fire under me!

If you’re going to consciously dwell on a certain kind of imagery for many years, walking outside by yourself in the woods is not a bad place to start.

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