Blogging with Parkinson's

A personal perspective on Young Onset Parkinson's


Magnetic Wellies

This post is about a fridge magnet.

I’ve got a few small magnets (that I got printed for free by Vistaprint) that show my painting Green Wellies (In My Shoes). It was painted – and sold – for charity (Parkinson’s UK). So, the magnets are also for sale, for the same charity, except they are a bit cheaper. And they stick to your fridge.

They are on a “buy it now” option at eBay and cost £1 plus postage.


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Green Wellies (In My Shoes #3)

This is a cross-post from my art blog.

There are two things that wellies have every right to be: green, and muddy. These fit the bill.
(They don’t, however, fit me. They belong to my son, who has yet to catch up with me in foot size. And his name is not Bill, as it happens.)
Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm.

Don’t forget the charity auction for the Cowboy Boots!

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Cowboy Boots (In my Shoes # 2)

This is a cross-post from my art blog.

They may not be the most authentic cowboy boots, but they are the only ones I own. They are also possibly the most paintable item of footwear I own, in keeping with the theme, “In My Shoes”.

I’d wanted a pair of cowboy boots for ages, but they were always too expensive, especially as I have awkwardly sized feet. These were in Next a few years back at a reasonable(ish) price and Next (sometimes) do my size. They are totally impractical; too high to drive in, too sloppy to cycle, run, or walk any distance in. And suede isn’t very practical at the best of times. But they look kind of nice.

I had to stuff paper into the foremost boot to get it to stand up. I decided that the one at the back didn’t need to be upright.

Here’s the in-progress sequence:

The underpainting – done with a brush – was burnt umber and ultramarine. The knife work on top was CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK – printer ink colours!) heavy body acrylic.

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

For sale – all proceeds to Parkinson’s UK


Skittle Statistics

I was putting a short piece together to accompany the Parkinson’s UK collecting tin while it spends Parkinson’s Awareness Week at my workplace, and I thought I’d illustrate the statistics. The graphic didn’t seem very conducive to parting the unaware from their cash, so I left it out.

But I thought that it was worth posting it here.


The statistics are:

One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. (That’s the coloured skitttle.)
Most are diagnosed over the age of 50, but one in 20 is under the age of 40. (That’s the pink bit.)

Basically, one person in every 2,500 gets diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s before they hit 40. (It’s still Young Onset below the age of 50, I believe, but I haven’t found what the statistics are for the extra ten years.)