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The pain of cluster headache by agnes-cecile The pain of cluster headache by agnes-cecile
IMPORTANT: For ANY use of this image ask the permission to ARTe CLUSTER PROJECT ( 
I made this painting for a project about Cluster Headache (for info….
I was contacted by Al.ce Cluster Europe… to create this piece of art for it to be exposed in their art gallery dedicated to such disease.
The coordinator of the forementioned association, Claudio Geraci, requested some paintings for him about the topic, where as the first painting was the burden, this is the pain.

Copyright Claudio Geraci

Acrylic and liquid watercolor on paper. (100cm x 70cm)
video of the painting:…

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Critique by Jackisco Jan 24, 2012, 11:33:32 AM
As much as I love the message and the idea you are attempting to portray, I feel like the face is a little bit lost in the surrounding chaos; which I should note, represents the pain and anguish of cluster headaches brilliantly, through your use of aggressive brush strokes.

Firstly, I'd suggest trying a 50/50 mixture of brown and blue rather than pure black - this could give the piece a bit more of a bite and more depth. And you could maybe use a higher ratio of red to create a deep, dark, purple-ish tone.

Secondly; possibly starting on a washy ground, perhaps a mid tone of red like you have in the top right to suggest layers in both the piece and the degrees of pain for suffers of such mysterious disease.

Good job nonetheless! :D I'm an admirer of your work
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8 out of 11 deviants thought this was fair.

Critique by alevkov Jan 24, 2012, 11:39:06 AM
I love your work, I could watch it all day - that s a fact. Now days you ave to search for an critiquable work like for 20 minutes, but when it comes to your art every piece is worth taking some time. So, yes this is wonderful, realy well done. The face itself reminds me of a picture of Bob Marley, kinda brilliant job done there. The hair nd all other details are fiting the project s concept. Just the technique itself deserves a high rating, but the end product tops everything. Realy, i wouldn t be suprised if ya read somethere that other artists have found inspiration coz of your artwork.
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heather1234567890 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  New member
One of the critiques says " I feel like the face is a little bit lost in the surrounding chaos", but isn't that the point? Your own personality, sense of self can be lost amid such overwhelming pain.
I think it's great.
nelianeart Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
vodatudor Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your work!
mfecske Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014

I suffer from cluster headaches for the past 20 years and this painting is exactly how i feel when i'm in my headache cycle! Well done - disturbing but beautiful! You absolutely captured the pain!!!
I would love to buy the paiting.
PlutoDeli Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
As a CH sufferer, you've nailed it. I doubt one can give a description of feelings inside here without giving a brief research what cluster headaches are.
BlackMagwitch Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I'd really like to hang a big print of this in my home so I that maybe I wouldn't feel so alone with this everyday. This painting is really the best form of empathy I've encountered. Chronic headaches can be very isolating. I could go on about technique and colour, etc, but it's really so much larger than that. This imagery communicates directly to me. Thank you ... you've captured so many aspects of my 'brainfire' in this work.  
Morrran Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
That is spot on. Im in a period of attacks now.Feels nice too see that others understand the insane pain this horrible headache gives.
Take care and be strong.
CreativeStorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've painted it like you've experienced it, and if you haven't i think it's pretty amazing.
I do know what they are like, and i think you've captured it extremely well. 
I hope your art will create more understanding.
Thank you for making such an amazing art piece (eventhough it's about a horrible thing)
applianceDirect Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
based on this picture i must be REALLY lucky because i have never had a cluster headache
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013   General Artist
Yep this sums it up well.
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