The feeling I get over all is that the man is dying or dead and the woman is holding on to his lifeless body hopelessly and her eyes give the feeling of being red because she has been crying for hours over the loss, very powerful feeling convoyed through her red tired eyes.
The only thing I would have loved to seen is that the man's back (where the two blue drops of paint / watercolor are) would disappear. Showing that his "soul" or life is fading away.
In all, amazing piece.
Very nice work, and so nicely balanced.
I also was struck by the same nature of the embrace! " I was touched by the emotion of this pose, by the full and empty spaces of this embrace.” What a poetic description of a great piece of art! (As is a truly great piece of art, not just on dA but in the world) The world is richer place for this being made.
In the photograph you used for inspiration, it looks as though the woman is comforting the man, but your version of this pose brings back memories of an unfaithful lover I once had.
In my imagination, the woman in your artwork is trying to grasp this ghost of a man, holding him to her body in a sign of ownership, wrapping her colours around him, inviting him into her heart/life/soul. But despite her efforts, she knows he will never really be hers, hence the intense sadness in her eyes.
I love your work!