The Love Oak | Art to Symbolize Family Love

Here is “The Love Oak.”

The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

This painting is a commissioned work for a couple celebrating an anniversary.

Artist with art: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

They wanted me to illustrate a metaphor they used with their children to talk about an abundance of family love: that people need and want love the way that squirrels need and want acorns.

The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

These parents told the children that in their family, “love acorns” are an endless renewable resource because they come from a “Love Oak Tree.”

Detail: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

This is a huge, strong oak tree whose roots grow deep and whose branches spread wide.

The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

It is always making new acorns and never runs out.

Detail: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

To illustrate this idea, I painted two little squirrels, each holding an acorn, on one of the branches of the tree, to represent the two children.

Detail: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Additionally, they wanted me to incorporate rainbow colors throughout the painting as I have done in some of my recent forest paintings where I explore rainbow colors and scattered light.

Detail: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The painting is a celebration and symbol of the love between the couple as well as between the parents and children, and the whole family unit.

Artist with art: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Besides the rainbow colors incorporated throughout the branches of the tree and in the sky, there are rainbows in the lens flare reaching towards us from the sun, which bursts through from behind the center of the tree.

Detail: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee
Detail: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

You can see the roots growing downwards, like an underground cross-section of the tree.

Detail: The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The original of this special painting is sold, but contact me if you are interested in ordering a print.

The Love Oak. 20” x 20”, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

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