Majestic Giants

This large-scale piece  is one of my biggest projects of this spring, and in person, it is epic. It makes me feel like I’m really standing in this forest.
The painting is filled with a soft, glowing white light. I’ve used artistic license with the color, incorporating deep violet and magenta, yellow/gold, and an unexpected bright teal throughout.

Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

For scale:

Art Studio of Cedar Lee, spring 2014. Painting: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Art Studio of Cedar Lee, spring 2014. Painting: Majestic Giants.
Art Studio of Cedar Lee, spring 2014. Painting: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Art Studio of Cedar Lee, spring 2014. Painting: Majestic Giants.

Here are a few close-up details to show the variety of color, texture, and brushwork throughout this painting. But nothing compares to seeing it in person!

The colors are bright.

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

From the right angle, and depending on lighting, you can see the glossy sheen of the varnish, with the thick textures of the paint adding to the play of light across the surface.

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Up close, you can see thick raised lines of texture created by underlying layers of paint.

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

And there is an interesting variety of patterns and different kinds of brushstrokes layered throughout–from peaks and valleys of thickly applied paint to light, feathery foliage fading into the sunny, washed-out background.

Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40" x 50", Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Close-up detail of: Majestic Giants. 40″ x 50″, Oil on Canvas, © 2014 Cedar Lee

Overall it’s a powerful piece of art, and one of my favorites ever!

Artist Cedar Lee with her painting, Majestic Giants
Artist Cedar Lee with her large-scale oil painting, Majestic Giants

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