I have been working on some pen sketches while I have been having a migraine, they have been quite a revelation to me, discovering my face and the sensations I feel while I have a migraine. Also how I react to the intense pain.
I am going to present these to my neurology consultant when I see him next, it’s better than keeping a written diary and explains what is happening where and when to my head.
It has also got me thinking about when you are in hospital and the doctors ask you “…on a scale to 1-10, and 10 being the most painful, how severe is the pain?”
I am always saying 11, on the measurement of pain homage to ‘This is Spinal Tap’.
Then they say “…describe the pain?” ‘…hot poker in the eye’ (how do I know what that feels like? – I can only imagine, so must they.
So I use colours, and the feel of objects; colours; like white being intense pain, red very painful, as too orange, then blue and green getting a solid pain. Re: objects for the type of pain; I like cold steel, water, white noise is random radio frequencies, and an untuned TV (old school!), sharp wire and glass to describe the levels and types of pain for my migraines. I hope then they (doctors) can get a sense of how I am feeling.
Roz Moreton – Migraine series – Migraine sketch 3, april 2016
Roz Moreton – Migraine series – Migraine sketch 2, april 2016
I have the ability to show how the pain is effecting me and the level of pain I am having through my art – it will be interesting to see the response I get from my doctors when I present my sketches to him when I see him in a couple of months.
There is some really inspiring work by the photographer Lorie Novak a fellow migraine suffer, that you should definitely check out, which I just came across today, one of her projects is the Migraine Register.
This is all the work I have been doing to submit a entry into the #twitterartexhibit art show in New York City, all artists donate their art pieces for free and all sales will then go to Foster Pride, an art based charity and the young people they support.
At the time of writing this the organisers were aiming for 800 entries but have now got well over 1020 which is fab news! You can see more entries on Instagram to with #twitterartexhibit. For more info on the go to http://twitterartexhibit.org
The Art work is postcard size and is produce in Japanese Ink on Handmade Japanese Paper. The idea came from sketches that I have being doing in my little sketch book (first image) and the developed from other life drawings – I am really happy with the final result (final image!) and have done some more with a watercolour finish too. It would be great to get any feedback…