Sunday, August 02, 2009
"Yearly Checkup" - SOLD
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Sometimes my paintings fall into place like they were meant to be. This is one. I love it.
I got a question today about ventilation for oil paints. Let me preface my answer by exclaiming emphatically that I am NO expert! Bridget Rose wonders if "opening the window with a fan [is] enough?" My understanding is that yes, this is enough, of course in addition to not eating your paint or letting any of it sit on your skin for very long. One option is to wear gloves. Unfortunately for me my hands feel like they are suffocating under gloves, so I just keep a container of wet wipes (the kind for babies are best, and the Costco/Kirkland brand is primo) on hand at all times to wipe away the offending pigment.
There are also more and less dangerous pigments, and if you can find alternatives that work for you, great! You can also use Walnut Oil in place of turp/mineral spirits (I personally couldn't get used to the difference). If anyone has something to add, please comment or email me - I'd love to hear it.