Whoosh!

With the theme of flying leaves still on my mind since my last painting, while also remembering a few previous paintings in which I depicted the silhouettes of flocks of birds, I wanted to paint a dramatic image of both leaves AND birds, seeming to fly towards and around the viewer in a big “whoosh!”

Whoosh. 18" x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2015
Whoosh. 18″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2015

Besides the beautiful movements of all those fluttering little objects filling the canvas, a row of back-lit trees creates a pattern of glowing light and shadow, with columns of light shining through between the trees onto the red and orange foreground.

Close-up Detail: Whoosh. 18" x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2015
Detail: Whoosh. 18″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2015

In some spots, the distant, fuzzy outlines of the birds fly right alongside the colorful shapes of the leaves, blending together against the blue sky like multi-colored confetti.

Close-up Detail: Whoosh. 18" x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2015
Detail: Whoosh. 18″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2015

The red/yellow/blue color palette is striking. I love this painting so much!

Close-up Detail: Whoosh. 18" x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2015
Detail: Whoosh. 18″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2015

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