Studio Tour (3)

The Sink - no studio ought to be without one.

I never EVER dump paint, thinners or any other toxic chemicals down the drain.

Rags are burned in the fireplace and toxic liquids are stored and then brought to the dump on those days when they will take them.

The materials of painting are toxic and full of heavy metals. Care must be taken to keep these chemicals our of our soil and they do NOT belong in our water supply.

This is a picture of my studio trash can. I know it seems off to include it but rags that have been soaked in oil paint and thinners are dangerous and extremely flammable.

In the old days, it was not unusual for an artist's studio to burn down because of the careless disposal of old paint rags.

This is a special double walled safety can that I empty each night.

These jars contain acrylic paint and gesso. In order to save time I sometimes use them for my first layer of paint as an imprimatura (to tone the canvas). I can put oil paint on top of (matte finish) acrylic paint - but cannot put acrylic paint over oils.

These are wooden stretcher bars. I can put 4 of these together in any size I want. Then I stretch and tack a piece of canvas over this stretched "frame."

I keep a large faded old rug on the wall behind my (Hughes) studio easel. The old dyes in this rug are compatible with the colors in my palette and help me keep my sense of color true.

I cannot paint in a room that has white walls not can I paint when the color white is in my field of vision. It makes all of my colors look too dark and I cannot judge my paint accurately.

My studio walls are natural wood - an earth-toned neutral color.

1 comment:

Dar Presto said...

It's been a pleasure to tour your studio. Thanks for addressing water, soil, and safety.