The Old Man and the Sea

Yesterday’s post by photographyfree4all reminded me to write about this wax encaustic painting I completed recently.  It is based on the Ernest Hemingway book The Old Man and the Sea; I call my piece Santiago’s Sea.

The fishing net texture was created with a citrus bag that I pressed onto the warmed beeswax medium.  Molten wax was brushed on top of that, then the bag was removed.  Pigment was rubbed into the grooves left behind with oil sticks and after the piece cooled and the oil stick pigment was removed from the surface, colored waxes were added on top to create the sea, sky and setting sun.

My favorite part is the bit of red visible in the water in the lower left.  Is it what’s left of Santiago’s giant marlin?

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