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The pain of cluster headache by agnes-cecile The pain of cluster headache by agnes-cecile
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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
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
9 out of 12 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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7 out of 8 deviants thought this was fair.

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heather1234567890 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
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.
Jilltonic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really impressive
bking89 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013

please make available for purchase!


juliaw626 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i loooovvveee this it has so much emotion in it. i saw it and it immediately stood out from the rest.
4got10child Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
this is just amazing
syneczek Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013   Writer
I had finally hit rock bottom I was able to regain my independence using this these days im making my way to the top take a look at what I mean
danielhiryu Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
thissucksdaddy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
try it out for yourself
br8 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
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vampRaziel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
As I wrote, I've done my expression Scream | Pain of inner blackness based on this astonishing piece. It's considered like practice and honor, not robbing. Thank You
G-4b Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Have fun loosing pounds the easy way while you busy
EzgetaGoran Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
I found out about you thanks to this painting,since than I'm in love with all you work,what a masterpeice! :love:
Abstract-Idiot Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
You're in the right way of describing the pain!
msmouce Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have watched my husband endure these. I can only imagine this is really just what the agony would look like. Powerful!
JensCurtius Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice ... i' ll try to draw like this 2 :D
zisos Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I might do that on a wall do you mind?
Nikiandres Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
How do I buy this? My boyfriend suffers from chronic cluster headaches and would love to have this!!!
alfonsorv Featured By Owner May 25, 2013

How can I get this painting?
Seth-Soul Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful ! It expresses pretty well how you feel when you're in the middle of it. I have cluster headaches once or more per day. Pretty much every day of the year... since more than 2 years now. Thanks for making it possible to express !
Will it be available as a print someday? I reaaally want to buy one !
HerMajestyVB Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, You're incredible. <3
julnprge Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
This pretty much sums up my morning at 3AM. ;)
deathsfire12 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to say this may be my favorite painting you have done so far. exceptionally gorgeous.
Tassja Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I get cluster headaches and this painting does express quite well how I feel internally in the middle of one.

Very well done - most people don't even believe how painful they are let alone are able to capture it in any medium.
PawelDrawing7 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Ethernaut-jewels Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Wonderful to find this artwork now, when this was exactly how my head felt last week.
Uncle-Irohs-Tea Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student
Great use of mark making and I like how you broke up the black and white (colors) with the red.
Azuraa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
When I look at this, my heart starts beating faster...
Fakiiri Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
amazing! i have cluster headache, so i know the pain.
Kawabangaa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
When I'm not well, it expresses my anger and my pain better than me... I am so impressed... Thank you for this emotion !
HarmoniousTruth Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I've seen some crappy abstract art. I've seen artist just randomly spit colors on a page with no vision or passion. This piece goes beyond the restrictions of everyday life and stirs the emotions of the viewer. So..... awesome painting :blushes:
detourhk Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
so beautiful I love it
BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
:rose: Hey there I featured this work here.
I hope you like it and it gets more attention
for this beautiful piece : ) Thanks! :heart:
MirandaThePanda Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
how do you put the image of a deviation in the discription?
0lor-a-caramel0 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
hotshot1147 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is my most favorite piece of art. :)
Linstock Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Watching this being painted on youtube brought tears to my eyes. It captured the suffering more eloquently than reading any book. This is awful and amazing and educational all at once.
Laship Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
That's really a awesome work :O
KrystalOceans222 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Sorry. Sell a print of this. This is what I get for typing at 1 am. =/
KrystalOceans222 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Do you see a print of this? I get cluster headaches/migraines and I have never seen a more perfect description of the pain I feel when I get one. I keep coming back the this. I first saw this and I literally said to myself, "That is it. That is EXACTLY what it feels like." I could never fully justify it with words. I would really like to keep a copy of this with me so when people ask me what it is like I can show them this. I could just download it to and print it out to keep it with me, but if you sell it as a print I would love for you to profit from it.


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Jan 19, 2012, 12:28:25 PM
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