Two Autumn Paintings

The Autumnal Equinox just passed, in celebration of the impending change of season, I am painting in fall colors! These two 12″ x 16″ paintings are new additions to my Tree of Life series. The little silhouetted people continue to make their appearances in my latest work.

Here is “Longing Hearts.” I started with two trees growing towards each other, roots and branches entwined, wanting to make an image similar to my previous painting, “Complete.”

The two people are moving towards each other but unaware of each other’s presence, each wrapped up in their own thoughts as they walk beneath the brilliantly colored leaves of the trees.

Longing Hearts. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Longing Hearts. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee

Each of the people is in their own beautiful setting, but even as they experience and appreciate the majesty of their natural surroundings, they are both also experiencing a deep longing for connection, understanding, and love.

Close-up Detail: Longing Hearts. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Close-up Detail: Longing Hearts. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee

This is the bittersweet nature of our lives as social, emotional beings–as we move alone through the most beautiful parts of life, taking it all in, we still have this underlying need for each other–a longing.

But, we are never as separate from others as we feel we are.

Close-up Detail: Longing Hearts. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Close-up Detail: Longing Hearts. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee

You can see here how the painting continues around the edges of the canvas.

Gallery-wrapped edges of painting by Cedar Lee: Longing Hearts. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Gallery-wrapped edges of painting by Cedar Lee: Longing Hearts. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Gallery-wrapped edges of painting by Cedar Lee: Longing Hearts. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Gallery-wrapped edges of painting by Cedar Lee: Longing Hearts. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee

The title of my next painting directly references the fall: “Season of Plenty.”

The composition of this painting is a revisiting of the tree in my previous painting “Mysterious Night,” but the similarity ends there, as this one is ablaze in bright red!

Season of Plenty. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Season of Plenty. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee

The person sits under a canopy of red leaves, gazing out upon a bright starry sky, with a gigantic full moon in the background. I imagine the person to be filled with gratitude in this moment, feeling the promise of a rich new beginning. “From this point forward,” the little person thinks, “Anything is possible!”

Close-up Detail: Season of Plenty. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Close-up Detail: Season of Plenty. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Gallery-wrapped edges of painting by Cedar Lee: Longing Hearts. 12" x 16", Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee
Gallery-wrapped edges of painting by Cedar Lee: Season of Plenty. 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas, © 2015 Cedar Lee

These paintings won’t officially be available for sale until the spring–I am saving my latest pieces for a sale I’ll be having then–but you may email me if interested.

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