Sea Cliff Eclipse. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Eleven silhouetted people stand on top of this impossibly high cliff overlooking the sea, observing the moment of total solar eclipse.
The eclipse fills the whole sky, which is lit up in rose and gold. The people from their perch in the sky have the exciting good fortune to witness an unobstructed view of this rare astronomical event.
Although the human figures are tiny, they are powerful with personality. There’s a sense of movement and chatter as they all walk towards the edge of the cliff together.
The sky and sea are flat washes of color, while the rock formations are so thickly textured they are sculptural.
The rocks are built up on the canvas with oil and wax, 1/2″ thick in some places. The sea is a muted blue gray, calm and flat. The contrast between the textures is dramatic.
This painting is grand and inspiring! The colors glow. It feels like a unique, magical moment. Wouldn’t you love to be there?
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