Painting of Sun Through Trees: New Day

This painting is called “New Day.”

New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

It is based on the same location as my painting, “Golden Memories,” (Mt. Scott Park in Portland, OR) and it could be its companion piece. When I painted both these paintings, I was thinking about the experience of finding hope and beauty even in painful moments.

Art with artist: New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

This painting transports you to a sunny and peaceful place.

Detail: New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

As the brilliant white light streams towards us from the background, it bursts around the edges of the trees and makes them glow with a hint of rainbow colors. Parts of the tree trunks are obliterated by the light.

Detail: New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

The sun behind the trees casts dramatic long shadows across the ground.

Detail: New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee
Detail: New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

This painting is so full of happy yellow light that it seems like a source of light hanging on the wall, and can brighten up any room.

Detail: New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

It gives the feeling of a fresh start, or a new day.

New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

At 30″ x 40″, this painting is large scale but not so large that it can’t fit into most homes. It’s the perfect size for over a fireplace or sofa.

New Day. 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2021 Cedar Lee

The neutral tones of black, white and brown are harmonious with the cheery yellow. This painting will look good on either a dark or light wall.

Check out this Instagram reel to see (in 15 seconds!) how I created this painting:

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