Drawing thoughts and feelings

Visual metaphor – wall represents isolation or some form of barrier
Visual metaphor – fishing represents the search for something (in this case love)

These exercises are designed to help you express invisible aspects of your disease experience, for example, physical or emotional pain, impact on relationships with others, healthcare experiences, or anything else you feel is important.

Thoughts and feelings can’t be drawn directly because we cannot see them. You have already expressed feelings in your drawings through facial expressions, body language, colour, etc.

Another way to do this is through a visual metaphor, that is, to draw something that is visible, for instance, a creature, object, a place or a situation, to show something invisible, as shown above.