Wonderment

I call this painting “Wonderment” because I would be awestruck to be there under this tree, in this landscape, during the moment of a solar eclipse!

I love the slant of the thick green tree canopy which makes it seem like there is a breeze in the air, and the way the roots grip the ground like huge fingers.

Wonderment. 10" x 8", Oil on Canvas, © 2013 Cedar Lee
Wonderment. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Canvas, © 2013 Cedar Lee

I had a lot of fun with the details of this painting. I take particular pleasure in the brilliant solar eclipse with its diamond ring effect, and in the sky, the tiny sparkling stars shining through the many-colored clouds of atmosphere.

Detail: Wonderment. 10" x 8", Oil on Canvas, © 2013 Cedar Lee
Detail: Wonderment. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Canvas, © 2013 Cedar Lee

That hazy little silhouette of a tree in the distance, in my mind, is a faraway sister to the tree in the foreground, an echo of similar shapes which hints at the shared experience of everyone witnessing the eclipse.

Detail: Wonderment. 10" x 8", Oil on Canvas, © 2013 Cedar Lee
Detail: Wonderment. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Canvas, © 2013 Cedar Lee

You might have also noticed a new motif I’ve been playing with in some of my recent paintings–the pattern of rocks and pebbles between the roots that are growing down into the ground.

Detail: Wonderment. 10" x 8", Oil on Canvas, © 2013 Cedar Lee
Detail: Wonderment. 10″ x 8″, Oil on Canvas, © 2013 Cedar Lee

I feel that showing so much of the tree’s root system weaving between the rocks makes the tree seem extra grounded in the earth.

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