The Imagination of Numinous Beings
by Eric Whollem
gouache and encaustic on paper
Collection of the artist
17" x 11 3/4"
Copyright by the artist
Heated Parafin Resist
Wax painting has a long history. The ancient
Egyptians painted their mummy cases with wax
paints. The Greeks practiced portrait painting in
wax colors. The murals at Pompei in Italy were
executed in wax colors.
Often wax paints have been applied with small
spatulas. At Pompei the tools of the wax painters
have been found encased in the volcanic debris that
covered that ancient city.
"The Imagination of Numinous Beings" was painted
in part in heated wax, used as a resist with gouache.