“A Busy Morning on the Road” oil on panel by Melwell, 16x20

Here is a favorite Bruegel painting, “The Fall of Icarus,” which I used as inspiration for my painting “A Busy Morning on the Road” oil on panel by Melwell, 16×20.

Because in the Bruegel painting the title of the work is a sly Greek myth reference that appears in the middle ground, I thought of a darker, more Northern New Mexican take on a Greek myth.
The myth of Prometheus, who, for giving man fire is strapped to a cliff where buzzards peck out his liver, but every day his liver grows back and the buzzards come back and do it all again. I entertained a more reduced, meme-like phrase which is sufficiently dark: “New liver, same buzzards.”
I decided maybe that should e reserved for another painting, maybe one inspired by an appropriate Goya work.