Granted the prior examples of Hubris that I cited ... are horrific
However consider that the draining of the Florida Wetlands during 1900-1930 real estate development - also vastly increased the damage caused today by tidal surges during hurricanes. As the wetlands used to absorb the brunt of all that water surging inland.
Were the developers guilty of Hubris
- a case can be made that ... no - they were totally unaware of the value of the wetlands to the ecosystem.
But the horrific examples I previously cited - the parties cannot claim ignorance.
Which brings me back to your painting vis-a-vis ... Picasso's Guernica
~ Picasso did a time-warp in his painting
- the symbols of destruction juxtaposed to the after affects of that destruction.
The German military wanted to see just how effective their new toys of destruction could be during the Spanish Civil War... as a precursor to the
military buildup - while marching towards WWII.
Should you attempt a similar counter-point
within your painting - I have reason to believe it would be even more impactful.
Especially since today's examples are horrifically ... verifiable.
- I also applaud your most recent landscape paintings. It's good to take a break.
I suggest you really think about this painting - as it has the potential to make you a 'home town hero'
Entertain the following scenario ~
1- you actually get a foundation to fund a mega painting ... (it's just some time and paperwork...)
2- The foundation sponsors you on a nation-wide speaking tour to art societies about - how your painting 'Hubris' came into it's final form.
3- You write an art book - entitled - 'One painting changed my life'
-(you pull your notes from your speaking tour)
4- You get Netflix to fund a documovie about the development of this painting, it's funding, your tour and how it changed your life.
5- You get invitations from TV talk shows about how an unheralded artist broke through! (where you publicize your book)
6- You get to #1 on the NY Times book bestseller list... and Amazon.
All of this because you tapped into the 'vein of pain'
... that people across the nation and the world are experiencing everyday ... they are just too proud to talk about it.
Now consider the alternative
- you continue to work the night shift and study a new field during the day - while struggling to keep from falling asleep in class.