Jungle Lace

Here is “Jungle Lace.”

Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

I took the reference photo for this painting while hiking the beautiful Manoa Falls trail on the island of Oahu this past winter:

Reference photo for painting: Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Reference photo for painting: Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

I was inspired by the bits of light poking through the lacy holes in the leaves, likely nibbled by caterpillars to create this effect. It’s like an elegant parasol overhead!

Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

I used artistic license to make the image colorful, incorporating gold and magenta throughout.

Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The edges of the canvas are 2.5″ deep, making this painting three-dimensional.

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Detail: Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The bright sunlight falls on the trees in the background, highlighting the thick tangle of tree trunks and branches.

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Detail: Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

Some of the leaves are filled with a blue light.

Detail: Jungle Lace. 16" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Detail: Jungle Lace. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The many delicate holes are irregular shapes and sizes, creating the effect of a randomly-created lace.

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