Cairns, Australia (PressExposure) May 10, 2008 -- Along with the home-made easel, four other practical ideas make up what Gauvin calls her 'ABC of tools for artists with arthritis.' She admits to having 'the constructional talents of a goldfish,' so she takes her ideas to her partner and waits with well-founded confidence for him to produce the desired artefact.
Every painter who has advanced arthritis, in any of its many forms, knows how painful it can be to stand at the easel or sit at the drawing board for long sessions. Perhaps the limit has been reduced to only one hour. Yet it's still necessary to lay out materials before the start of work and then clean up afterwards. Can enough be done in one hour to make the effort worthwhile or should the painter take up some other interest?
In her exquisite novel 'Luncheon of the Boating Party' Susan Vreeland quoted Renoir:'A painter should be dead if he can't paint.' Gauvin has proven that a positive mind-set and some fairly simple tools could help the decision to stick with art.
You can see photos of her powered easel and easy-hold palette, along with directions for making them both at [http://www.gauvin.com.au/arthritistools.html]