I like the colors of the painting and the dichotomy of the piece. At first glance it seems to feel as if the boy is being bullied? But maybe not? The boy has split knuckles.. Maybe it's more of an intervention of anger? Either way the body language is as intense as his face. /bravo
I've seen a lot of people interpret this as bullying, which is totally fine by me, but I was originally going for a sort representation of lacking proper tools to deal with emotions and anxieties, and how it could be illustrated from the perspective of a silent observer who, in their inability to react, end up making the situation worse.
Then again, the piece changed some in the process and, of course, when you display something this vague, it's always open to interpretation and everyone can paint their own stories over it. c-:
Marvelous, his tears are so bright! (and his snot haha) The clarity and circle of static posture and neutral colors makes everything seem pretty benign and calm but then you have this grotesque boy wigging out on the ground. Really strong juxtaposition makes for a really strong affect. (and can I express my appreciation for how you rendered the dirt? It's dirt, but it's pretty, well-lit dirt...)
As always, I love your work, Tiia. ♥ Most times it seems to tell an intense story, is there a specific story for this picture...?
So nothing is wrong except in your head? That's really intense, somehow scarier than if something external went wrong, internal affairs are much more challenging to fix.
I'm sorry to hear you have such a rough time with anxiety, I hope it gets better for you.
I think that a story can spring from an emotion quite easily--once the emotion is there, the artist can try to answer the "why" behind it. Even with a general emotion, or an emotion that's difficult to understand, expressing that through art or writing brings a certain subtlety and clarity that can't otherwise be captured or understood. Even if you don't know the story behind it, I think it's still there, if that makes any sense at all...