Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Good Samaritan
Lately it seems I have been doing more and more illustrations for biblical stories, this painting is the latest for a publication called The Liahona, I like this painting, it was a challenge to compose because it has been done so many times. As an illustrator you get to paint so many different subjects and usually you work on a tight deadline, this image for me is a serious subject and it would have been nice to have a month or so to work on it, but alas a few days is all that time would allow. Ironically the models I asked to pose for me are very symbolic, much like the parable, The one posing for the Samaritan is a professional counselor, The wounded "certain man" ( the words used in the bible) has recently been through a terrible tragedy, where he lost his wife in an automobile accident, as I was painting it, it donned on me how symbolic the whole thing was becoming, so I tried my best to express in the emotion and tenderness of the moment of one serving another. I hope you like it too.