Friday, May 4, 2007

Illustration Friday: The Way (Neighbor)

" Every religion is true in one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you're in trouble."

-Joseph Campbell

An earlier painting that was inspired by the work of the late Joseph Campbell. Showing many religions and myths in coexistence, the pantheon as neighbors. Being that they ultimatly have far more in common, rendering their differences insignificant.
Acrylics on Canvas 24" x 30"

22 comments:

JO said...

Greg, this is another amazing painting. Love those clouds.

studio lolo said...

Excellent Greg! I was just on the phone with a friend who's been trying to find the "right" church for her. And as for me, nature is my church. It takes all kinds to make this world work in harmony!
Wonderful illustration.

Edric Hsu said...

I love your beautiful artwork and especially this painting!! It should be on the poster at ALL churches and temples around the world!!

Edric

carra said...

A beautiful painting, and very important quote - I could not agree more.

Sherry Rogers said...

The colors are spectacular! And I knew instantly who all of them were. The detail and textures are incredible and I love the way you painted the clouds and the background. You did a really wonderful job!

claudia said...

I absolutely LOVE this...great work...great comment!

modroom said...

Fine illustration and I agree totally with the quote, the radical side in anything in life tends to mess things up.

Shano said...

Fantastic! Amazing detail! great illo for this week's theme!!

lihxn said...

The fact that this is a fantastically executed picture aside, concept, interpretation and meaning are all overwhelmingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing this!

Nancy Bea said...

What a great piece, and so true too! Hey, thanks for your comment on my own IF post: I think you really identified the problem!

Jay said...

Greg- This is great. The main characters are fantastic but I really love how each element represents a different group. It's fun to search and figure what each thing represents.

Jada said...

Beautiful work

rupesh said...

waoooooooo what a concept...!!!!
i really love it!!!!

the enigma said...

wow, your artistic talent are amazing..

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Very impressive illustration!

Jim Pearson said...

Beautiful painting, with a really successful pallette, and a wonderful message.

Curious Art said...

Now that's my idea of heaven! Great concept, beautifully done.

ValGalArt said...

This is so beautifully rendered! I LOVE the colours! Great and clever piece!

arvindh said...

That is an important message here!

The Mattman said...

Damn cool idea and ballsy subjects to depict too.
I'm thinking the decision to leave out Mohammed was a good one.

The Mattman said...

Don't mean to hogg the blogg, but your fans should know this...
" Islam is represented in the archway since Allah is'nt to be represented in a living form. I thought that may avoid offense."
-Hartman 2007

Ellis Nadler said...

I always had a soft spot for Campbell since reading his "Occidental Mythology" but then I thought he lost the plot in the later "Creative Mythology"