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Painting Position?

In what position do you paint?  Is it sitting in a chair in front of an easel?  Is it standing or maybe on the floor or a table?  I have an easel but I don't use it very often.  I paint on my lap.  Even a big canvas or board will end up on my lap and I turn it every which way to get to the part I'm working on.  I stop now and then and place it at a distance to see how it looks.  I paint in my kitchen, bedroom, studio and living room.  I have not painted in the bathroom yet!  I just move things to whatever room I feel like working in at the time.  LOL.  

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  • I have to move between positions because my back begins to ache pretty quickly. I'm trying to get into the habit of having more than once piece on the go so that I move from easel to floor to table and back again. 

    • Sounds like a good idea.  I'm hunched over all day at work and when I paint too.  I need to set up a space so that I can stand.  I'd like that.

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    • Okay I think I'm going to try this.  Looks very relaxing.  And I need to stretch.

      Yoga For Complete Beginners - 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout! - YouTube
    • I have found that even LISTENING to yoga is beneficial. Playing a yoga video in the background of my day somehow speaks to me an d effects my breathing and posture.

      Yoga For Complete Beginners - 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout! - YouTube
  • I think artists really benefit from yoga. I feel my best when I make a regular practice of it. It just not good to stay stationary for so long sitting or standing and the older I get the more I notice.  :)

    • Yes I sit all day at work and then painting I'm sitting.  I have the sitting disease!  I need to treat myself better and move.  I'd like to try yoga one day soon.

  • I usually use a rolling chair at my floor easel. I get fatigued easily when on my feet.

  • I will often draw sitting down with the pad on my lap but like to do a lot of my painting with my canvas or wooden panels on an easel and either standing or sitting on a taller stool.  Large drawings go on my large drafting table standing also...I need to be able to pop up and walk away to stretch and move when I am working. I was taught that you are "supposed" to stand and use your entire body when drawing.  I think though it's whatever works for you.

  • Connie, First let me say sorry for taking so long to approve this topic. I didn't realize I was supposed to. Just now saw it and of course I approve lol! Thank you for striking up a conversation. 

    I am all over the place too. It depends on what I am working on. I think my favorite is a chair/stool and an easel though. Ot standing at the easel. I have back issues and have to be careful. I think all of us artists are prone to stiffness and achy bodies from being still too long. Yoga is good to counteract that :) 

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