Reservoir 5, Suspended: Original 12″ x 49″

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This painting is called “Reservoir 5, Suspended.”
Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
Shown here is Reservoir 5, one of several scenic reservoirs in Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, OR. I spend a lot of time at this beloved park! This view, seen from one of the hiking trails above the reservoir on your way down from the top of Mt. Tabor, may be familiar to you if you are a local who frequents this park! It is a gorgeous spot to enjoy a sunset.
Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
This nature-inspired panorama landscape is painted directly onto a piece of nature: a long natural slab of wood whose organic curves and unpainted edges create a softer and more interesting image than a typical rectangular painting.
Live edge slab used for Cedar Lee painting
The long strips of unpainted wood across the top and bottom serve as a natural visual frame for the picture.
Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
The title, “Reservoir 5, Suspended” refers, of course, to the autumn leaf suspended in mid-air during this moment in time, but also to the feelings I associated with this captured image.
Detail: Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
During the many months of the pandemic, many facets of life have been suspended for many people. Now, where I live, we are beginning to come out of the worst of it. Business and travel are starting to make a comeback, people are getting vaccinated and having long-awaited reunions with loved ones, but at the same time, we are still nowhere near back to a sense of normality yet.
Detail: Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
There is a huge feeling of excitement and impending change as everyone discusses plans for the future. But in this moment, we are still somewhat in between worlds, still suspended. We are processing all that has happened in the past and dwelling upon a new future.
Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
The light in this painting is warm, soft and glowing, lighting up the branches of the faraway evergreens and shimmering in the reflected sunset on the surface of the reservoir’s still water.
Detail: Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
Detail: Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
Detail: Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
The forested hillside is many shades of deep green.
Detail: Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
Detail: Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
The details of the landscape fade away into the hazy distance, where the city lies beyond.
Detail: The forested hillside is many shades of deep green.
The castle-like pump house looks like it’s standing sentry, its elegant form hunkered into the landscape as it has been for many years, and the rows of street lights bordering the reservoir are yellow twinkles in the distance.
Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
This lone maple leaf floats gently down right in front of us, capturing our attention. A small remnant of last year’s autumn, it’s a symbol of the passage of time. It’s a moment of peace and gratitude. Here we are, in the present.
Detail: Reservoir 5, Suspended. ~12″ X 49″. Acrylic on Live Edge Slab, © 2021 Cedar Lee
Watch the painting process as a time lapse video here!