Under Giants 2 | Painting of California Redwoods Forest

Here is “Under Giants 2.”

Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

This is a copy of my previous painting, “Under Giants.” Although it is not an exact copy–if you look closely at the two paintings, there are many small differences in the colors and details throughout–the biggest difference is the size. The first painting is a 4-foot  square, and this one is a 3-foot square.

Left: Under Giants. 48″ x 48″, © 2022 Cedar Lee Right: Under Giants 2. 36″ x 36″ © 2023 Cedar Lee

Creating a very similar painting in a different size was a fun and interesting challenge. I want every original piece of art I create to be unique, so my goal was not to copy my other work exactly like printing out a copy of it, but to have it be recognizable as a copy of the painting but also visibly different. So, I allowed myself to deviate from the other image anywhere that I felt like it!

Artist in studio. Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The result is that while Under Giants 2 has a slightly bolder style to it, the overall movement, lighting, and sense of place is the same.

Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The thick trunks of the giant sequoias on the left vanish into the sky as they reach 100-300 feet upwards!

Detail: Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Throughout the canvas, masses of color glow with sunlight.

Detail: Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The sun shines warmly through the faraway tree branches.

Detail: Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
Detail: Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

In contrast to the bright light emanating from up above, we can feel the shade of being down here on the floor of the forest, under the cover of the giant trees.

Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
Detail: Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
Under Giants 2. Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

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