There is NO black in the image. The watercolor that you see as black is a mix of Verdin, Sepia, and Dark Blue. The colored pencil is Crimson Red, Dark Green, and Dark Blue. Acrylics for highlights and details. The glass bar effect was a pain and done with minimal references, unfortunately. Overall, though, I am quite pleased with it. As to meaning, it is that moment when what you thought was locked safe, is breaking out. That your control on it was more fragile then once thought.