Let me tell you about some of the things that I have come across in painting which is due to my MS.
I can’t possibly be finite in my ability to place my brush on paper, or canvas and because of the frustration which builds within me to be more so called clean and make things sharper and more accurate, I bash out the paint and use the stipple method for accurate lines by joining the stipple marks up.
I use old brushes which are sometimes caked in old paint, I lay the paint anywhere and everywhere. I sometimes cannot hold my brushes well and dribble paint where I want it to go. Sometimes I cannot even point my brush to deliver the paint to where I want it, and out of these areas wonderful things come. I make a terrible mess at the first event, and then I look at what I have done, correcting and obliterating areas of it by scraping off the paint with water sometimes again and again until what I originally wanted seems suddenly to take place. For buildings and items which are straight and uncurved I stipple the paint and join up the stipples because my hands are not able to paint in accurate straight lines.
People who see it may be bemused by the use of the brush strokes and think they are good and they may think it is accurate but they certainly do not know what it looked like at the first try.
I feel that I need confidence especially at the beginning, and that grows as I change the painting to what I want it to be. I use my fingers with the paint, I mix the paint on the canvas mostly but also in trays alongside my painting. And I also use much water in cleaning off areas which can distance them for the viewer.
I feel that the end product always gives me a confidence boost, no matter what others think, and for me it is using that same creativity which I was born with, which has been encouraged to grow even in the area of my disability, as it gives me time to seek it, which I would not have if I was able-bodied.
I feel that acrylic paint is much more easy to use as it can be easily altered with the use of water when just painted or in fact when the paint is dry also, though much etching away needs to be done then. I prefer however the colours of oils which I used to use, though almost the same colours can be obtained with acrylics which are far easier to use.