Sirena came to me during an afternoon of doodling while listening to Yes, Genesis and King Crimson albums. I was working on a portrait of a red headed model, but the sketches weren’t really singing to me yet. I changed her hair color to blue, gave her eyes more color, and she started to sing.
The surrounding symbol-scape of psychedelic hands, eyes, stars and birds developed from the music. The woman’s hair made me think of ocean waves, which evoked fish, and suddenly, there was Sirena with sea creatures in her watery hair, beckoning to all who will listen.
Often I have the title, or at least an idea in mind, as the starting point to create a new composition. But Sirena evaded all attempts at capture, leading me on an intuitive search for answers that remained hidden almost to the very end.
Sirena is 18″ x 18″ oil on cradled birch wood, with a 9″ diameter cut-out, under which is Sirena’s portrait, 12″ x 12″ oil on wood.
This painting is available in my studio.