I had this idea for a painting which is me lying (floating?) amongst all the pills I’ve taken since I got really ill with ME/CFS.
Or surrounded by a pill for each day I have been ill continuously – which is (as of today) over 1000 days.
That’s like your average person having the flu, or a virus that knocks you off your feet, every day for a thousand days without a single day off.
Problem is with this idea for a painting that my M.E. often makes it difficult to do simple things like maths and figuring things out. So first I lost count of how many pills I had drawn. Then when I tried to count my brain went all wonky.
I’m not sure I can manage to paint a thousand pills on a canvas. Of course if it was actual medical pills I have taken since getting seriously ill with M.E. I guess it would be several thousand at least. Hmmm.
This drawing is ink and watercolour in an A6 sketchbook (approx 4″x6″).
UPDATE 3 April 2009: I counted the pills in the drawing at (I think) 519. So I did some photoshop magic and could see how 1000 would fit well with the drawing scaled up onto canvas. I’m tempted I really am.