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Every person that has seen my new art for the challenge this month has remarked how unsettling it is. Every one. There is no blood or gore of any kind, yet it seems to give people the heebie jeebies....exactly what I want. See you tomorrow!
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Every person that has seen my new art for the challenge this month has remarked how unsettling it is. Every one. There is no blood or gore of any kind, yet it seems to give people the heebie jeebies....exactly what I want. See you tomorrow!
Okay, that was exactly what I needed to get me off high center, and I have mostly finished mine, but it won't get posted till tomorrow afternoon.
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A Dead End ? (Lost and stuck in an underworld) A3 Canson illustration / watercolor / acrylic markers/inks

I couldn't decide wheter I should go for "being lost in an unfamiliar place" or "buried alive" so I made an attempt to come up with something that would depict both. Some parts of this piece look really good and others... well, don't but I am pretty happy with it overall.

By the way, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to meet the deadline like the last time
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Vanity, that's rather creepy in a claustrophobic way....Good Job!!!!
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A FEAR OF NEEDLES - Charcoal pencils on print paper at 11 x 8.5. My actual fear is pain, but I wanted to show something along those lines without being too graphic or obvious...a kind of personal challenge for me. Most of the people who've seen this on my Facebook page are creeped out, but the horror is in their own minds on what might happen.
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Vanity, very nicely done. I've played a lot of Minecraft so I know what it's like to be lost underground

Missing the deadline, that's a good one.

Eek Woody. That is creepy, and not cute. Amazing drawing though.
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This is a very simple and quick image that I made in Procreate on my iPad.
The fear is that there is nothing at the end of the tunnel.

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Vanity - cool underworld environment- lost is scary and buried alive also, thank goodness she has a lantern I hope it lasts!
Oh, by the way don't worry about the deadline, you still have to the end of the month to post.

Woody - Wonderful depiction of pain or the fear of it.
Great drawing!
I love your attention to detail.

Side note I actually had this happen to me!
I had complications from my cataract surgery on my right eye and had to go to a specialist in a bigger city. He injected stuff right in my eye (yes, head in a vise type thing, no flinching!) you could see the liquids come in they looked like dots racing by. Afterwards as I was leaving I put my head down, too bright, then there were all these little balls bouncing around in my eye! I said "Wow it's like a Video game in my eye!" Another patient said "Tell me about it sister!" When I stood up they piled up in the corner of my eye and every movement of my head made them bounce around and careen off each other. They lasted about three days, each day fewer balls.

LavenderFrost -So profound!
Beautiful artwork also, lovely colors and such wonderful blends!
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Vanity, very nicely done. I've played a lot of Minecraft so I know what it's like to be lost underground

Missing the deadline, that's a good one.

Eek Woody. That is creepy, and not cute. Amazing drawing though.

I thought the girl was cute....
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Yes Michelle, that is a fear that most of us have....a tunnel to ....OBLIVION.
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Ok so here is mine, I didn't want to draw or paint this.
Artwork is photo manipulation and digital effects.
My greatest fear is losing my mind and/or my memory.
These are two different things but they can also be linked.
This is me with all my knowledge fading away under the threat of what is in my DNA.

Second post to follow with the stories.
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"Side note I actually had this happen to me!
I had complications from my cataract surgery on my right eye and had to go to a specialist in a bigger city. He injected stuff right in my eye (yes, head in a vise type thing, no flinching!) you could see the liquids come in they looked like dots racing by. Afterwards as I was leaving I put my head down, too bright, then there were all these little balls bouncing around in my eye! I said "Wow it's like a Video game in my eye!" Another patient said "Tell me about it sister!" When I stood up they piled up in the corner of my eye and every movement of my head made them bounce around and careen off each other. They lasted about three days, each day fewer balls." - Dianna

Now you've scared ME, Dianna. I am going in for cataract surgery in a month....I was referred to this team of doctors in Beverly Hills by a woman friend of mine who had the surgery last year.
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My greatest fear is losing my mind and/or my memory.
These are two different things but they can also be linked.

What follows is a brief story of my life and the reason this is such a strong and powerful fear.
When I was a child, seven years old, I contracted Herpes Viral Encephalitis (from a insect bite they think) which is uncommon, with current treatments it is still fatal in 1/3 of cases. But this was back in the 1960's and the mortality rate was much, much higher. Those that survive only 2.5% regain completely normal brain function. Most have various levels of amnesia. This was true true in my case. I have no memory of before this. I was in a school for gifted students. But everything was wiped away. I suffered also from no short term memory, for about a year or a little over. But the brain is an interesting thing. I knew my parents, thank goodness for that and I still retained spoken language and strangely enough reading and writing. Every night when I would fall asleep it would be like a reset on my memory and it would all disappear, even big things like going to the Zoo or a Museum. Eventually Mom and Dad Had me write down what did each day in a book and then the next day I would see in my own writing what I did the day before.
I think this must have been very hard for my parents, my Dad the Science Professor and my Mom the Research Scientist, to lose their "gifted" young daughter and be left with a child with no short term memory. But they stuck by me. I respect and admire them for that. Time went on and my young mind started to remember again. First day to day then later weeks at a time. Eventually I was able to return to school , regular public school, but years had gone by and I was a year older than most of my classmates.
So my early life was an odd combination of "Flowers for Algernon" and "Fifty First Dates".
By the time I was in High School I was a great student, strait A's , National Honor Society the first year I was eligible. In Plays, Drama and Speech Club, Science Club, German Club winning National essay contests, just a wonderful little nerd! However my folks didn't like my choice of boyfriend, Brandt. So things were strained. The Fall of my Junior year a new student came to school, Terry, he and I became instant best friends.
My folks started really putting the pressure on me...too much so and something broke. I started to lose time, have blackout periods and minor hallucinations. I started to think I was losing my mind. It was too much. I did something stupid. I woke up in the the Ambulance and my first words were "Oh **** I'm still alive. " Well that landed me in a psychiatric ward for several weeks. It was there I learned I wasn't even close to CRAZY!
The worst thing in the psych ward is trying to get to sleep in the twilight gloom of your room, there is no darkness there, but with the sounds you hear at night I'm glad it wasn't dark.
The sounds of screaming, crying, wailing, moaning and worst of all the gibbering laughter...horrifying!
I was sent home to my folks, tolerable but strained. In the summer between Junior and Senior year my parents kicked me out on the street. The first two weeks I relied on the charity of friends and their families until I found a little house at the edge of town. It had electricity, no heat or water but I hauled water from the pump at the town park. My academics at school were great, so I only had one semester to go to finish High School. I fell from tied for Valedictorian to top five, but still very good.
That January I heard from a friend that my Dad was in the Hospital, with Pneumonia. I went to see him but he was already home. So I knocked on the door of what used to be my home, it was very strange but we talked and became....friends. So in May they were able to come to my Graduation,Grandma and Grandpa also came ( I have a very small family).
Time passed Brandt and I broke up. Terry and I became a couple and in August on 1981 we were married in my parents Sunken Garden, it was lovely!
Things were going well I was working full time and going to Collage part time, I even got on the Dean's list in Engineering at CU.
Then my Father was diagnosed with Huntington's this is a dominate genetic disorder. It is fatal and effects voluntary and involuntary mussels and it very severely effects the mind.
He had to stop teaching, they gave him Special Award, he called it his Lou Gehrig award.
Since it is a dominate gene I would have a 50/50 chance of having it also, and any children I would have would also has a 50/50 chance. I decided not to have any children. I also sort of had a mid-life crisis at 22 years old. I dropped out of collage, why go through the long processes of going to night school for a degree if I only had a 50% chance of keeping the knowledge.
I watched my brilliant Father fade quickly. Mom had been a medical train wreck for years ever since a near fatal car accident 3 days into Mom and Dad's Honeymoon and many other diseases and operations.
So in September of 1984 they left this world as they lived it, together. They committed suicide together. Mom was 49, Dad was 48, and I was 24.
It was very hard on me and I did not deal with their deaths well and my own possible impending doom. Our young marriage did not last, it imploded within the year.
Terry and I went our separate ways and lived different lives.
I went into music and founded a Sound Reinforcement Company (Owl Audio) with my friend Darryl. I owned the gear and had the engineering knowledge and a good ear. Darryl had the musical knowledge and an even better ear and the musical contacts. We did great for several years. One New Years Eve at a party he introduced me to his younger brother Danny. Later we became a couple and we were engaged to be married.
One month before our Wedding Darryl was murdered in a bar over a $20 pool bet this was in September of 1988.
The first year of our marriage was spent in and out of the courts for the murder trial and hearings. I ended up selling off the business, without Darryl's contacts I could not make a go of it, and my gear was losing value with time. Sometime in this time period, I became pregnant, the best laid plans of mice and men, and contraceptives...well surprise!
My attitude on life and destiny had changed. There was nothing wrong with Darryl he should have lived a long and full life not stabbed through the heart. So life could be sweet and worth having even if it was short.

My son Devon was born November of 1989 the best thing that ever happened in my life!
Many happy years! He was a funny child... he was more like a little old man in a kid suit, but such a joy to watch him grow.
Danny and I were on and off, some good times, some terrible times. I left in the early part of Devon's Junior year of High School. I lived house in town by his school so we still saw each other every day.

Devon got a fantastic Scholarship very early in his Senior year, he had a choice of 20 schools, Yale, Princeton, Emory, Standford, MIT....etc. He went to Princeton the summer before for the Junior Statesman program. But he liked the programs at Emory University best and he thought it would be the best fit for him, so that's where went Collage. Everything was paid in full, Tuition, room and board, books , travel expenses and health care.
He graduated from Emory Summa Cum Laude in 2012 in History, one of only a little under 200 Honors Graduates of a Class of over 4,000. Super Proud Mom!

Devon is now a teacher just like my father...a nice bit of symmetry.

Terry and I reunited in 2007 on the internet and in real life in 2008 when I moved here to Missouri while Devon went off to Emory University in Georgia.

We married again in June of 2009 also a nice bit of symmetry.

In my forties I worried about the Huntington's but I knew if I could make it to 50 with no symptoms I would be in the clear. But every time I forgot something or stumbled or swallowed wrong I would wonder is this it?
50 came and went and I'm good, which means my son and grandson are also in the clear and also all future generations!

Last year Devon bought us 23 and Me testing kits. He thought it would be fun, and it was!
For ancestry it was just what I expected from years of painstaking paper trail Genealogy research. I have traced over 3000 direct ancestors back in time over a thousand years back to Charlemagne and beyond.
What was fun was how much Neanderthal was in our DNA.
And that I processes caffeine twice as fast as normal people. That explains my caffeine addiction, in all it's glorious forms!

Then there was something not fun, that I am twice as likely to get Alzheimer's.
Well I have beaten much higher odds than that, so I'm hoping that I do not get it.

Like all people I've had a life full of triumph and tragedy, full of laughter and tears, good decisions and bad ones.

I just hope I get to remember it!
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Woody don't worry the statistics are great!
I can see fine know. I still need glasses bifocals.
Legally I could drive with out them but I like to see more clearly than that.
The other weird side effect I had was loss of color for a few days. We were driving home a I was thinking what a pretty green the grass was and I covered my good I realized it was the only color I could see! The world was only black and white and green! The colors all returned with time and everything is fine now.
What happened to me is rare!
You should be fine.
I am happy I had mine done!
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Woody, your illustration skills are so amazing. That's beautifully drawn, she is cute too. The needle is creepy, gives me shudders down the spine.

Vanity, that's so lovely! I used to go into caves until many years back but I was always a little wary of them.

Michelle, simple but so so effective! I knew right away what you meant.

Dianna, my neighbor has Alzheimer's. Over the years, he's become more lost. It's heartbreaking and frightening for him. His sister and brother both had it so he knows what's coming and oh my, my heart hurts for him. This picture makes my heart hurt too. I'm so sorry that you have that fear, wish I could take it from you.
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