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How to Paint with Tremors: bracing, posture, methods and tools for shaky hands. Fundraiser for Parkinson's research.


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I paint with tremors as I have had an essential tremor all my life making writing terribly difficult but essential tremors are not "progressive" like parkinsons(meaning gets worse over time), as I understand it. It'll never get any better or worse, like my tinnitus, I just have to live with it. 

Biggest issue with tremors for me comes when I cannot mechanically brace(IE PLAYING ON A TABLE). when painting I sit in a tight little ball with 3-5 points of contact to brace myself.

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On 1/22/2021 at 12:50 PM, The Steve said:

I paint with tremors as I have had an essential tremor all my life making writing terribly difficult but essential tremors are not "progressive" like parkinsons(meaning gets worse over time), as I understand it. It'll never get any better or worse, like my tinnitus, I just have to live with it. 

Biggest issue with tremors for me comes when I cannot mechanically brace(IE PLAYING ON A TABLE). when painting I sit in a tight little ball with 3-5 points of contact to brace myself.

Same here.

Thanks for sharing that.

I haven't watched the vid. at the beginning of this thread but am going to do that in a moment !

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I can share a few pics I had the wife take to help others with similar issues see how I brace if that helps. Most painters do it a little(Watch when duncan rhodes paints, he extends a pinky to brace a lot of the time), I just have to tight up a lot.

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If it helps, I have shaky hands from medication. I sit with my right foot either on my seat or on my left knee and then press my wrist into my right knee (since I'm right handed).  I dont really move my hand at all, just bring the mini to the brush.  Both my wrists are usually pressed against my knee and I just move the brush with my fingers.  

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