Inherent Promise

Here is “Inherent Promise.”

Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This is the same 36″ tall format as my last three vertical paintings:

Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: Stand Tall, Free Spirit, Easy Growth
Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: Stand Tall, Free Spirit, Easy Growth

But this one is different, with purple as the dominant color. I imagine the colors of the background changing as the lotus flower grows and blooms, from a deep purple to red to fiery orange.

Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This flower is only at the stage of a simple bud. But the promise of the full, glossy petals yet to be unfurled is held within it!

Detail: Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Detail: Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Up close, there are some beautiful details–lacy cracks in the streaming rivers of paint, tiny splatters, layers of color shimmering from beneath other layers.

Detail: Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Detail: Inherent Promise. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

“Inherent Promise” is on the same size canvas as the three panorama-format Eclipse paintings you can see on the walls of the studio here.

Cedar Lee artwork in studio: (left-right, top-bottom): Eclipse With Pelicans, Inherent Promise, The Big Eclipse, Eclipse From the Precipice, Eclipse Over Red Hills
Cedar Lee artwork in studio: (left-right, top-bottom): Eclipse With Pelicans, Inherent Promise, The Big Eclipse, Eclipse From the Precipice, Eclipse Over Red Hills

Compared to horizontal paintings of the same size, it becomes clear that the vertical format combined with the vertical drips of paint gives the painting a huge sense of height and space. It visually elevates the whole room by drawing the eye upwards!

This is one of several Lotus paintings I will have available in my Spring Sale next week! I have just a few more small pieces to share with you before the sale opens. Stay tuned!

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