Leaden Winter

Encaustic, Oil, PanPastel, and Graphite
26”w x 40.5”h (unframed)
36”w x 48”h (framed)
Paper, Mounted under museum glass, Wood frame

Inspired by Homer's Odyssey, the "Tales of Brave Ulysses" was a poem written by Martin Sharp and was later put to music composed by Eric Clapton of Cream. The song begins: “You thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever, but you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun.” Drawing from poetic imagery from the lyric, this painting displays a gray winter forest with a hot air balloon resembling a punching bag, repre- senting Ulysses' boat on his long, turbulent, and dangerous journey home.

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