A demo reel of the short and feature-length films that I have worked on in the last year as either producer, writer, director, or all three. Please give it a watch if you have three minutes to spare and/or dig Vivaldi.
'The Tree of Earthly Delights'; Pencil, Digital Paint, and Photoshop
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened. ” ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
Inspired by Heironymous Bosch and influenced by Andrew Wyeth and John Steinbeck, a re-rendering of a concept that I first attempted to execute (albeit crudely, a classmate offered the critique: “great concept, poor execution”) in high school. I have always wanted to revisit this concept, the willingness of mankind to flee to perdition in the face of adversity, but have been waiting until I could properly render the idea. What better opportunity than for a Color Theory final assignment? The assignment was to utilize color in a thematic fashion.
I would like to note that the subject of the painting has her back turned to the light, the tangible escape from adversity, and is actively making the decision to take the fruit from the tree. There is always an escape from temptation, always a chance for redemption and deliverance, if one is so inclined to take the road less traveled and persevere.
I hope to expand upon this idea and render two more panels, on on the left and right respectively, showing the two choices available, and the outcomes of each, forming a triptych.
The woman in the portrait was modeled after Gloria Swanson, silent film starlet most often recognized for her role as the aging Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, the Billy Wilder classic, and the farmhouse is a modified version of the house seen in the painting “Christina’s World”, included here because of the painting’s depiction of longing for home in the American Heartland.