If you have read some of my story on the rest of my website you will know that I love art. I love to paint. I also have had severe allergies in the past. I have suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). I have periodic bouts of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
I just came across this brilliant video of this artist. Just wonderful work. But I shook and shivered as he described the variety of paints he used. House paints, tar, oil paints and other types of thickened paste and acrylics. All contain strong chemicals.
If you are an artist and have allergies or MCS I beg you to take note of what not to do. Do not pick up a tub of tar and sniff it. Do not sniff acrylic paints. Tar or bitumen is a petrochemical. Would you pick up a tub of petrol and sniff it? House paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are also bad for people with MCS or allergies or CFS.
If you must paint something like this beautiful painting using these types of medium, PLEASE paint outside where the fresh air will blow some of it away. You should also wear a mask, one that protects you from the chemicals.
If your health is delicate you may be better drawing with pencil or charcoal or graphite stick. Pastels may suit you. Oil pastels may not because of the oil. Oil paints may not suit you either. The cleaning medium or solvent used for oil paints is usually turpentine which is not good. One artist I saw even used petrol to clean his oil painting brushes.
Water colour washes would be safer for you to use if you need to use colour. I do think art is a wonderful pastime and as this artist mentions, is also a great psychologist.
Enjoy your art but be careful what you use. Have a great day.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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