Trees in the Morning

Here’s another huge oil painting of the redwood forest–Trees in the Morning, 48″ x 36″.

I’ve been skirting the line between realism and impressionism/fantasy–making choices about whether to paint the trees as they look in real life, or to use wild colors and elements of abstraction to create mood and evoke emotion. In my recent painting Forest Light, I chose to swing more towards realism. In Red Trunks, I went more towards the colorful fantasy.

This painting, I think, is somewhere in the middle.

Trees In The Morning. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Trees In The Morning. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

One of my favorite parts of this painting is this section of hazy turquoise and gray-gold foliage in the center.

Detail from: Trees In The Morning. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Detail from: Trees In The Morning. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

I also love the twisting bark of the tree trunks.

Detail from: Trees In The Morning. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee
Detail from: Trees In The Morning. 48″ x 36″, Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

You can see the scale of this painting here:

Artist Cedar Lee with her painting, Trees In The Morning. 48" x 36", Oil on Wood, © 2014 Cedar Lee

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