Edge of the World is a figurative painting of a nude woman lying on hot sand in a barren landscape. She is looking at the ocean far off on the horizon, which cuts through the hazy sky like it is the edge of the world. The sun burns her flesh and the light is blinding. And although she is lying on her side, she is propped up on her elbow. She doesn’t appear weak or defeated. Perhaps she has decided to get up and keep moving on the water. Or perhaps she is content to remain there and gaze on the edge of the world, ignoring the scalding sun and gritty wind.
This sirens oil painting is part of my ‘Sirens’ figure painting series and was done completely from life and from imagination, without the use of photography. I first drew a study of the pose with charcoal on paper from a live model before starting the painting.
The painting was built up with many subtle transparent glazes and scumbles in the traditional painting method.
The use of premium quality artist oil paints with large pigment particle size allows for more of an impasto effect, where the brushstrokes are clearly visible, adding to the overall expressiveness and energy in the painting.