[Catharis III contest entry, I hope...]
oil pastels on watercolor paper - 11'' X 15", with minor color and contrast alterations in PSPPX2.
This came from a vision I had while in withdrawal from opiate medications. I was craving it bad, and I saw this white widow spider, with the red hourglass on it's belly, and distinctly heard "Poison, child". The words come from William Gibson's book "Mona Lisa Overdrive" - where the character Angie finds a packet of the designer drug she was addicted to, and the Loa/Voodoo priestess spoke the warning in her mind.
Opiate addiction is a horrible affliction. If you know anyone who is addicted, please be compassionate and encourage them to get help.
And if you use opiates recreationally, don't be stupid and think you can't become addicted. I have a master's degree in Psychology and studied addiction and have a thorough understanding of it. I thought that knowledge made me above and immune to such a thing. I was dead wrong. All it took was for me to get a chronic illness that makes every day painful to some degree. I need the meds to some degree, but it is all to easy to fall into that addiction pattern and screw myself all up. It is something I will struggle with for the rest of my life.
At least now I have an understanding of how clear my mind is when I'm not all fucked up. I love that clarity and hope to keep it...