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Creativity and PD


We all search for silver linings to offset our losses, whatever they may be. With PD, I have found quite a few: friendships with people I most likely wouldn’t have gotten to know; an appreciation for tenacity in the face of disease; more acceptance of others with afflictions; and to my surprise, enhanced creativity. PD can lead us to more openness and experimentation, two qualities that are required for living a creative and engaged life. This may be due to changes in the brain brought on by the disease itself, changes brought on by the medications used to treat it, the influence of the experience of living with the disease, or a combination of all three.

The awakening of artistic creativity and Parkinson's disease

Despite the prominent loss of motor skills, artistic capacities remain preserved in Parkinson's disease (PD). Furthermore, artistic creativity may emerge in art-naïve PD patients treated with levodopa and dopamine agonists.


Creativity and Parkinson's: Guest Blogger Allan Cole Shares His Experience

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Jud Art - Acrylic ink and alcohol ink

This art is a form of breath control meditation. I use my lungs, mouth and breath to blow inks of various viscosities to create images. Steady air stream makes long lines. Sharp blasts create ink explosions. The result is precise.

Jud was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2012. He began breath painting shortly after his diagnosis. He feels compelled to create as an artist, and also finds the creative process alleviates many of his symptoms.

People see insects, birds, trees and more in this art. These impressions are similar to seeing images in cloud formations.

Compositions are inspired by Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew calligraphy, petroglyphs and the drawings of Santiago Ramon e Cajal.



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