Redwood Cathedral | Redwood Trees Painting | Amazing Light in California Redwood Forest

Here is “Redwood Cathedral.”

Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Every time I have been to see California’s old-growth redwood forests has been a magical experience.

Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Some of the oldest trees are hundreds or even thousands of years old!

Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

There is no way to describe the scale of the largest trees. Even in younger groves, where the trees are “only” 100 years old, being surrounded by these trees is an amazing experience.

Artist with Art: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

This painting is called “Redwood Cathedral” because the colors of the light shining down through the forest are reminiscent of light drifting down into an enormous cathedral from tall stained glass windows.

Detail: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Mist in the forest air makes the sunbeams visible, and makes the trees in the background appear soft and hazy.

Detail: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The soft colors range from lavender, pink and peach to soft grayish green and blue.

Detail: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The trees in the foreground are dark, almost in silhouette, with the crown of the large tree on the right an unexpected bright blue.

Detail: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee
Detail: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The feeling of stepping into this painting is both humbling and peaceful, a reminder of the magnificence of the natural world and the privilege of getting to experience it.

Detail: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The forest itself is an inspiring subject, made even more so through the lens of art, as I’ve depicted the forest in unconventional beautiful colors.

Artist with Art: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Thank you to the talented photographer Lisa Judd for agreeing to let me use her photo as inspiration for this painting!

Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The location of the photo that inspired this painting is the Damnation Creek Trail in Northern California.

Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing the original painting or prints of this image.

Artist with Art: Redwood Cathedral. 50” x 40”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

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