Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies

This painting is called “Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies.”

I have been creating it over the past month along with my painting, “A Soft Enchanting Forest.”

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Artist Cedar Lee with painting: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

This 30″ x 40″ oil painting is bold, with strong geometric shapes and bright, saturated colors.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The painting style suits the subject: these ancient trees are strong giants, seeming to reach high above us with great energy and purpose.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

A golden glow of light permeates the sky, the warm light highlighting bits of the foliage and tree trunks. The lower corners fade into a cool, deep teal blue.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies
Detail: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

The many thin branches criss-cross each other throughout, creating interesting triangles and trapezoids in the negative spaces between them.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies
Detail: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies
Detail: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

It is an image of the peaceful forest–the teamwork within the network of trees living together, reaching into the sky to grab the brilliant rays of sunshine above. It is an image of optimism for the future.

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies
Detail: Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

It is a fitting painting to celebrate the springtime–and, here in Portland, the long-anticipated return of the sun and the warmth after a gray winter!

Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee
Reach Boldly Into Sunny Skies. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Wood, © 2018 Cedar Lee

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