Rainbow Forest Painting: Prismatic Canopy

This rainbow forest painting is called “Prismatic Canopy.” This 12″ x 36″ panoramic oil painting shows a brightly saturated forest morning alive with movement and the full spectrum of rainbow colors!

This continues my current focus on painting sunshine in dramatic ways.

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Prismatic Canopy. 12″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee

In this fantasy image, the tops of the trees act as a prism, sending the bright rays of the sun bouncing and dancing with colors.

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Prismatic Canopy. 12″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee

The blinding sunlight removes small details of the trees where the rays break through and burst towards us.

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Detail: Prismatic Canopy. 12″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee

We can sense the movement of the rainbow light shifting before our eyes.

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Detail: Prismatic Canopy. 12″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee

The trees themselves also seems to be dancing and swaying, their branches curving across the canvas.

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Detail: Prismatic Canopy. 12″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee

The light, shadows, colors and shapes play with each other.

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Detail: Prismatic Canopy. 12″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee

Because of this interplay of visual elements, this fun, dramatic painting never stops giving you new things to look at.

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Prismatic Canopy. 12″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee

Because of the panorama format, stretching 3 feet wide, this painting feels larger than it is when hung on the wall.

Forest painting by Cedar Lee
Prismatic Canopy. 12″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2019 Cedar Lee

2 thoughts on “Rainbow Forest Painting: Prismatic Canopy

  1. Loni Litten

    Very nice, one of your best. It’s been fun watching you grow into the artist you are today. I remember some of your first paintings. You’ve come a long way.

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