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From the Art By Cedar Archives: Emerald Leaves

By Artbycedar

“Emerald Leaves.” And here I was starting to dive into the challenge of painting trees from this perspective.

This painting was inspired by a photo I took during my trip to Italy that year–was it a public park in Venice?

Emerald Leaves. 30″ x 20″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2005 Cedar Lee

The things I worked to capture, that still delight me to this day: Those vines creeping up the trunk. The little knots and notches in the tree’s bark. The sunlight and shadows playing in leaf-patterns. The way certain bunches of leaves overhead catch the sunlight and show up as a bright yellow-green flame. How the combination of sunlight and leafy plant life just fills our eyes with GREEN.

Emeralds. That chlorophyll hue that keeps life on Earth going.


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