The background on this one turned out much more pale and bleak than most of my other Red Eye paintings. Bleakness seems to be in the air lately. It's almost as if everyone unconsciously believes the world will end this year. I hope it does. Humanity could use a big death and rebirth right about now. A casting away of old habits, a blowing off of steam and a time to relax and get reacquainted with our true selves. Just one big time-out to rest and reflect.
Anyway, musings on humanity aside, the more I look at this painting the more I think it's a self-portrait. I identify and sympathize with this guy's general state of emotion. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but I'm right there with him. I'm his comrade and ally.