Lotus Art: Stand Tall

This painting is called, “Stand Tall” because of the extreme exaggeration of the flower’s tall stem.

Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The whole thing is stretched vertically, and one meaning behind the title is an encouragement to reach outside our comfort zones, stretching just a little farther into becoming our best selves.

Detail: Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Detail: Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The flower petals are arranged perfectly, the flower’s form proud and graceful.

Detail: Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Detail: Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The many layers of paint, thick and thin, work together to create interesting effects–tiny delicate rivulets down the canvas alongside thick gloppy drips.

Detail: Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Detail: Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

As we reach the bottom of the canvas, the red drips down over an  inky darkness speckled through with tiny splashes of color.

Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

This impossibly tall flower on the narrow, vertical 3-foot canvas creates a feeling of elevation.

Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Art by Cedar Lee in home setting: Stand Tall. 36" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Art by Cedar Lee in home setting: Stand Tall. 36″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

In the studio, you can see the painting among my other recent artwork, (bottom left) the glistening drips of paint still very wet here.

Eclipse and Lotus artwork in Cedar Lee studio: left-right, top-bottom: "A Dream of Joy and Sorrow," "Eclipse Day Climber," "Stand Tall," "Against All Odds"
Eclipse and Lotus artwork in Cedar Lee studio: left-right, top-bottom: “A Dream of Joy and Sorrow,” “Eclipse Day Climber,” “Stand Tall,” “Against All Odds”

These vertical-format lotus paintings look amazing alone and together. Here they are together in the afternoon sun streaming in through the studio doors.

Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: left-right: "Stand Tall," "Free Spirit," "Easy Growth"
Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: left-right: “Stand Tall,” “Free Spirit,” “Easy Growth”
Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: left-right: "Stand Tall," "Free Spirit," "Easy Growth"
Cedar Lee Lotus paintings: left-right: “Stand Tall,” “Free Spirit,” “Easy Growth”

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