Trying to produce one picture a day is beginning to tell on me, however my style has changed and I am now more confident to do things differently, so the exercise has been a good thing. To address “T” I decided on Thrush, i.e. infection with the candida yeast. I once did a GP locum and the main thing the ladies came in with was thrush to their nether regions. I was young and inexperienced and the receptionist complained afterward because I wanted to make the diagnosis properly and inspect each one – with a chaperone.
Thrush is not just a benign infection, and can invade any organ of the body. I am grieving over a dear friend presently immunocompromised and sick with candida of the lungs, as well as several other nasty complications.
I started with a simple close-up of a red fruit then drew over it in layers, including some script with the letter T. A different filter was used for each layer and a child’s X-ray with the typical spotty lung pattern of candida then introduced, segmented and split. The child has a congenital immune deficiency and is plagued with multiple infections. The drawings gave lots of colour and movement, but some structure was needed to pull the disparate components together – the outline of trees on either side – and that seemed to work.