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Hope Bubbles Up

By Artbycedar

Here is “Hope Bubbles Up”–the newest addition to my Lotus series.
This painting differs from the rest of my work in this series because it has bubbles!

Hope Bubbles Up. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The bubbles were an impulsive addition. When I looked at the rest of the painting–the loose, splashy, fun feel of it, I thought, “This needs bubbles!”

Close-up detail: Hope Bubbles Up. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The bubbles are rising up through the colors, both transparent and reflective.

Close-up detail: Hope Bubbles Up. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The bubbles work alongside the symbolism of the Lotus flower–ethereal, rising up. They also suffuse the whole image with a feeling of fun and joyfulness.

Close-up detail: Hope Bubbles Up. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Most of the painting was done with a palette knife. I created a sculptural texture with cold wax medium. Because it’s painted on wood, I was able to lay on the paint very thickly.

Close-up detail: Hope Bubbles Up. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Close-up detail: Hope Bubbles Up. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

It’s a big painting and was so much fun to make. I’m already working on something similar that’s even larger!

Cedar Lee with her Lotus art: Hope Bubbles Up. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Hope Bubbles Up. 30″ x 24″, Oil on Wood, © 2016 Cedar Lee

My Spring Sale will be coming to a close in only 3 days. Many are sold, but there’s still time to claim a painting before the sale is over, and get free shipping, a free gift, and more. Go check it out!


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