Song to the Moon is a figurative painting of a nude woman sitting on a rocky seashore gazing at the full moon. The moon creates a path of light along the surface of the dark sea. She seems comfortable sitting on the hard rocks and at peace with the dark night. Perhaps she is dreaming of a lover or waiting for something to appear in the sea. The moon feels like a companion in the stillness. Song to the Moon pays homage to the divine feminine.
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.