Sunrise

Sunrise.

This is the same tree from my painting, “Mother.” This time the graceful mother tree stands alone, with no human visitors at this time. All night long, the stars have been moving across the sky over this hilltop.

Now, the tree is back-lit by a bright sun rising into a clear blue sky. The light from the sun is expanding across the sky, the last few visible stars about to blink out.

Sunrise. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Sunrise. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The tree is limned in white, where the sunlight touches its surface and makes it glow.

Detail: Sunrise. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Detail: Sunrise. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The ground rushes downward around the tree, the furrowed shadows and trails of sunlight showing the contours of the bumpy hill.

Sunrise. 16" x 16", Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Sunrise. 16″ x 16″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

You can see here how the colors show up differently under different lighting.

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