The Joy of Man

Mediums: colored pencil, pen, and gold leafing

In this piece Adam is shown as he is about to partake of the forbidden fruit. One will notice that the center blue portion is the garden of Eden which is a representation of the celestial kingdom of God, while the starry boarder is a representation of the telestial kingdom, or the state in which we currently live. As the fruit is observed it is seen that the vine of this fruit leads to the telestial existence. However, as the word joy is observed it is seen that joy overlaps on both the celestial realm as well as the telestial realm but its located more so in the celestial realm. The reason behind that is because man must experience both  types of existences to know joy, but he must also choose to live a celestial life if he is to ever know a fullness of joy.