Friday, July 22, 2011
This is Ben, a deeply depressed tiger friend of mine who was kind enough to let me paint him at this dark time in his life. He's been clinically, almost lethally, lethargic for months, though he hopes he's making progress. He's slowly coming to terms with his anger and aching love for his mother (who left him at birth to join the circus) and his unfortunate name (Ben, he is realizing, does not strike fear into the hearts of his onlookers the way he wishes it would). He thanks his psychotherapist (specializing in disorders related to large felines), Dr. Hawthorne, for all of his hard work. Ben has been taking a new medication and hopes he'll be back to his roaring self soon, ready to tear apart chickens and anyone whose fingers come too close to his cage. We love you Ben, and hope you feel better very soon! Keep on keepin' on!