Often we read a bunch of alarming statistics in the morning paper and just see a collection of words to be brushed over and instantly forgotten – something about something, somewhere else – not my concern – out of sight, out of mind.
One example might be the plight of the Sumatran Orangutan. A species 97% genetically identical to humans faces possible extinction in the wild in the next 10 years as their natural habitat is being felled for palm oil and other crops at an alarming rate.
Upon reading, are we compelled to consider what part we play – are we part of the problem, or part of the solution? Most likely we’ll just move quickly to the next article and not give it a second thought.
What if our most vulnerable and innocence were more up front and visible to us as we went about our daily lives. If we were confronted with the reality each morning, would we turn a blind eye in the vain hope that it would all just go away.
There are many who are displaced in our world, both human and animal alike, whether it be in the name of progress, ideals, resources or religion.
Has empathy been placed on the list with them?
This is the finished painting and final post in the series documenting a focused development path of a painting from concept to completion. To read other posts relating in this series, see ‘Let’s Start from the Beginning’, ‘Hitting the Thumbnail on the Head’, ‘Finding Objects in the Clouds’ and ‘The Colour and the Shade’. I hope it has been as insightful to anyone reading as it was going through the process.