I've just read a blog by the wonderful Katherine Tyrrell about repetitive strain injury in artists and as I put more and more years into painting I realise that it is taking it's toll. Katherine seems to have suffered a lot more than me, (could be that she's more dedicated!) but I know that even I feel the pain if I paint over several days and don't think about how I stand, sit, where I reach, whether I twist my body or take frequent rests and stretches.
Every so often I take a look at my studio practice and rearrange things.
This is my latest set up.
- A computer desk and a table easel.
- I've put the paints in a long plant pot drip tray
- and use an old bathroom glass shelf as a palette on the keyboard shelf.
- Paint brushes, turps, rags etc are to the right so no stretching.
- The light comes from the left.
Of course it all changes when I stand up to the easel. Is there a way of putting my palette in front of me there?
Now I have an engineer for a husband, perhaps he'll invent me something?