Tropical Mermaid by Catherine

My encaustic class has finished, so I’ve been spending some time doctoring up the seven pieces I started there. Here’s the latest one, “Tropical Mermaid.”

Tropical Mermaid by Catherine Raine, 2010

For the outline of the wax mermaid, I placed a magazine picture of a reclining model on the beeswax-coated wooden base. Then I traced the photo in black wax and pulled the paper away. I filled in the mermaid with green and red plus a nice brown blob for the face.

Tropical Mermaid by Catherine Raine, 2010

For the sun’s rays, I used curls of wax that I’d shaved off from another piece, “Sushi Wax Cake.” The flower petals and the base of the mermaid’s crown also come from former shavings. Finally, I rolled up more shavings from “Sushi Wax Cake” into little blobs to make the wavy shapes and the nodules on the crown.

Tropical Mermaid by Catherine Raine, 2010
Tropical Mermaid by Catherine Raine, 2010
Tropical Mermaid by Catherine Raine, 2010

This mermaid has left Toronto winter far behind her!

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