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Old 08-12-2019, 01:47 AM
picassolite picassolite is offline
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Re: Hubris (self portrait)

Hi Sevan,

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.

Best regards,

PS- 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' across America.

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.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:58 AM
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eoghan eoghan is offline
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Re: Hubris (self portrait)

Wow - well it certainly succeeded in generating strong comments - so well done to you - and those who gave feedback!
The only person whose opinion should have priority is the artist - you! So love it. But everyone's critique is correct from their perspective. The 'experts' of the time hated Monet, Van Gogh etc until they became fashionable - so what does anyone know.
What do I think? - well if this was displayed as the greatest work by great name in art then, for me, it would not be out of place. it is strong and interesting. Personally I am drawn to realism but abstract work sometimes grabs my attention. There are 'giants' of abstract art whose work i really detest - but i like yours - don't know if that is good or bad!? Fantastic texture.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:42 PM
zhm zhm is offline
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Re: Hubris (self portrait)

This is a strong piece. It elicits strong opinions and feelings which is a good thing. My first reaction was immediate and strong which is what you were looking for. As for critique, I think it is well composed but if you could add some interest even if just slightly to the background then that would be an improvement. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-16-2019, 08:17 AM
sevan sevan is offline
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Re: Hubris (self portrait)

Thanks for the comments.
Picassolite-but certainly it would all end in scandal and a mockumentary called "the enormous hubris of painting the enormous hubris". But I will come back to it and consider things after a while.
Eoghan-thanks for sharing how you see it.
zhm-I will keep your critique in mind. Im going to finish the series first then come back to each and see how things work as a whole.
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:19 AM
picassolite picassolite is offline
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Re: Hubris (self portrait)

Hi Sevan,

I had a dream about ...

~ Scandal and a mockumentary called "The Enormous Hubris of Painting the Enormous Hubris" ~

Publicity worth a fortune... It's called ... 'buzz' and word of mouth -

I can see you now ... while your chauffeur opens the rear door of your powder blue stretch Bentley convertible,

a gardenia tucked neatly into the breast pocket of your navy cashmere jacket,

open-necked peach colored Eton shirt,

eyes protected behind Lugano Diamond Sunshades ...

white linen slacks draped atop Testoni Norvegese shoes -

waving to crowds of loving on-lookers as you board your Seven Seas yacht ...

escorted by the Greenpeace Fleet and dolphins jumping through the waves ~

headed for the Cannes Film Festival and the premier of your movie... 'Enormous Hubris' ... starring Matt Damon!

Can you hear the whispers of the admiring crowd - 'who is that?'

'Oh that's Sevan ... the artist of 'The Enormous Hubris of Painting the Enormous Hubris...

and I have an autographed copy of his book.'

Best regards,

PS - ahh ... the artist as rock star...

Dream big ... if you only get the Bentley ... well it was worth it.

Then ... I woke up!

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