I’ve got an idea that I’m working on for a new picture. I love the idea of sirens. And there are so many good pictures, already. They tend to fall into two camps:

There is the William Etty glamour-girl style of siren. Plenty of examples of this kind of thing.

And then there is the Waterhouse siren, much more sinister, somehow, relating back to the images seen on Greek vases. There’s also a painting by Victor Vasnetsov in this latter tradition, called Sirens: the song of joy and sorrow (or something like that!)

It’s this latter one that I’m planning my painting around. I like to think of a battered hero, adrift or tied to a post, still being taunted by these creatures…

Long way to go yet, but here’s an early image of the idea.


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