Misty Night

I had this image in my mind of a blue-violet evening, a young tree losing the last of its autumn leaves, with delicately swirling white mist moving all around it.

Misty Night. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Misty Night. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The circle of mist gives the feeling of a magical transformation taking place–reminiscent of the pumpkin transforming into Cinderella’s carriage under the sparkling fairy dust of the fairy godmother’s magic wand.

The tree is casting off the old brittle leaves, the last of the year’s unneeded baggage. The breeze that is pulling the mist into these soft tendrils is also carrying the red and orange leaves off with it.

Detail: Misty Night. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Detail: Misty Night. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

There are tiny hints of other trees on the hill in the far distance.

Detail: Misty Night. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Detail: Misty Night. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

With a complementary color scheme of orange (ground) and blue (sky) the painting is bright and bold, even though it’s a nighttime scene.

Misty Night. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Misty Night. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

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