Remembering How Hard it’s Been is a figure painting of a nude woman leaning against a hard rock at the seaside. She is looking down at the ground as if in thought or remembering her past. The sea is calm before her and there is a string of golden cloud along the horizon. Yet she seems melancholy, as if she is not quite ready to face the serenity of the scenery. Remembering How Hard it’s Been is about honouring our past and our wounds, but also accepting a hopeful future.
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.
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