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Ronald Walker

6 Months Ago

Do You Take Precautions?

Artists have found many wonderful ways to poison themselfs over the years. When you are working do you take any precautions with the materials you use? If so please share, you might actually help another artist from making a costly mistake!

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JC Findley

6 Months Ago

I sometimes wear snakeproof boots.

 

David Bridburg

6 Months Ago

I wear clean underwear if that is what you mean.

Dave

 

Ronald Walker

6 Months Ago

JC that is something I never would of thought about!

 

Marlene Burns

6 Months Ago

I take my guardian angel with me when I take pix of the city streets. I am looking down, after all, so he is in charge of traffic and safety. Without him, I'd be in a sinkhole by now/

 

Dora Hathazi Mendes

6 Months Ago

Not really, but I like to see your profile and your rooster too :-) I was always wondering who is behind those lots of questions and very interesting paintings!

 

Floyd Snyder

6 Months Ago

I always walk right behind JC so I don't need snakeproof boots.

But yes, I do take precautions. I do all of my sprayings outside or in my garage with back door and the double wide door fully open and a fan running. Learned that lesson the hard way.

I was spraying GooOff one time on my workbench and damn near passed out. I had a headache for three days.

Went to the doctor and he told me I had to be careful or I could cause more brain damage. I asked what do you mean more brain damage? He said well any damn fool that would spray that stuff in a closed room must already have something wrong with his head.

True story.

 

Robert Potts

6 Months Ago

Never turn your back on the ocean. Have a water-proof bag for your camera. Carry a cell phone, extra battery, flashlight, sd card.

 

Val Arie

6 Months Ago

LOL

I gave myself chemical pneumonia working with some sort of polymer without proper ventilation.

One snowed in winter I thought I would make a giant mosaic out of dried beans. spent about $150 on a ton of beans only to have them sprout worms and moths in the spring.

If you think you can carve a totem out of a 25' aged oak pole you might want to reconsider the options.

Freezing paint only works sometimes.

I got to go do my laundry... Oh and don't do that while painting.

 

Yes,

I make sure to "save" as often as possible! That way, if the power goes out, I am not left to starting over and the rash of a few choice words spoken in emotional fire!

 

Kathy Anselmo

6 Months Ago

Police grade pepper spray - I got an extra one to practice with so I don't miss.

 

Laurie Cairone

6 Months Ago

Years ago I did some occupational health nursing for a New York Jewelry Company. I learned a lot re: occupational hazards and how we probably take a lot for granted with regards to safety.

I avoid fixatifs and finishing sprays and if I did use them, I would wear a mask and, if possible not spray them indoors unless there is an exhaust system. If you are using something that has fumes/odor, I would google it to read about potential hazards and how to protect yourself. Every job has potential hazards.

When I use pastels, I mostly use pencils to minimize dust residue and I work small scale with them. I would say read the label as a starting point when you are not familiar with a product. I would have to research potential hazards with so many supplies I am not familiar with.

I'm sure ergonomics is also something to possibly consider.

 

Edward Fielding

6 Months Ago

I try not to step in front of a bus or fall off a cliff when looking through the view finder. I'm also on the look out for guard dogs and shotguns.

 

Mike Savad

6 Months Ago

i have a basic first aid kit with me. i don't carry too much weight with me, always have water (learned that one the hard way). i don't bring a urine bottle, but that's what bushes are for...

try to look down when i walk so i don't fall into a hole. don't stand to close to the sidewalk edge (last time i did that i twisted my ankle and smashed my knee). i once avoided the wet stairs so i wouldn't slip, but ended up slipping on the hill next to the stairs.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Kevin OCONNELL

6 Months Ago

I've been shooting a lot of photography from rooftops this past year. Some of the guys are quite stupid and will do anything to get a different vantage point. One of them fell trying to get around a Ledge at the London House. I don't go that far.

 

Lisa Kaiser

6 Months Ago

I never light the candles when working with oils, but I like working in dim lighting.

 

Lisa Kaiser

6 Months Ago

Floyd, epic response, love that.

 

Ronald Walker

6 Months Ago

Floyd, I had a friend who was using some type of solvents in printmaking. The ventilation was poor and he ended up in the hospital for about a week. He did recover and was fine after that but it was eyeopening. Glad you recovered as well.

 

Jimmie Bartlett

6 Months Ago

I am switching from using oils and solvents to waterbased oils and solvent free mediums to have a healthier time painting.

 

Ronald Walker

6 Months Ago

I had never really thought about the risks and dangers photographers encounter but there seems to be quite a few!

 

Ronald Walker

6 Months Ago

Jimmie, that was what originally caused me to quit painting in oils, I lost my ability to smell turpentine. I figured that couldn't be a good thing!

 

Linda Baysinger Peck

6 Months Ago

When we lived in a different house, more than 20 years ago, I had R install a ventilation fan in the room I would paint in. Shortly after that, I gave up using oil paint, solvents, stains and anything toxic. I have only used water based paint, stains, glue and varnish since then. I also don't use pastels, because of the dust particles. I have asthma, so don't want to inhale that dust. Any sanding needs to be done outside.

We make our own paper and build our own canvas panels. When I glue the canvas to the panels, I use white, acid free glue. I brush on the gesso, let it dry and then lightly sand it, repeating it several times. I got rid of all my darkroom chemicals, too. Once, I asked someone who was giving a talk, how to get rid of paint and clean brushes safely. They told me to brush it on the side of the house and not pour turpentine down the drain. I thought I didn't want a multi-colored house, so that wasn't going to work. I had no way to safely dispose of the turpentine, either. Some paint, such as white, was lead based, I don't buy that. I don't use chromium green or cadmiums etc. I didn't want oily rags to combust. I just gave up oil painting entirely and switched to water based only.

I prefer cotton/linen canvas, when I can find it. I buy the fabric at fabric stores, not art supply places. It is usually better quality, tighter weave and costs less.

 

Hans Zimmer

6 Months Ago

Actually i always try to be on the safe side. For outdoor shootings (when a modell is with me) i ask a friend of mine to escort us as a security guard (he´s a security officer like me). This way no one gets the funny idea to steal equipment or to jump into the image or touching the modell or such.
When alone and doing wildlife shots i get to a nice spot and stay there - this way i don´t have to take the eye away from the viewfinder too often. Pepper spray is a clever advise as well. Too many mad dogs out there (those with 4 and those with 2 legs).
When visiting a castle (did i mention my love for castles lately? ;o) :o)) lol) i choose good shoes or even army boots - german castles de-fi-nit-ely(!) are not made for weak shoes or even high heels (for the ladies).

 

David Bridburg

6 Months Ago

Ronald,

In my mid 20s, I had a girl friend whose mother worked for COLECO, the toy manufacturer in CT. The mother was a doll designer and very well paid. The family were from New Zealand. The dad had died years earlier.

I found my girl friend's mother one day in the basement of the big home they had. She was using epoxy to design a doll face. The basement was pretty air tight. I suggested that she needed some good ventilation. She said she had done this for years, she was fine.

About a year after we broke up, the mother died of brain cancer. I blame that on her doll making. Does not mean I am 100% correct, but I probably am. The mother was just under 60 years old.

Dave

 

Ed Meredith

6 Months Ago

Yes... I never ask anyone's opinion about unfinished works...

 

Drew

6 Months Ago

I stopped using turpentine as a solvent a long time ago.
I only use linseed oil with quality oil paints. I clean the brushes with Dawn and warm water.
I never use accelerents to speed up drying. Slow oxidation with fat paint has been shown to slow cracking over time.

When casting metal and building molds, face masks and breathing filtration is a must. Ceramic shell has some nasty properties that one has to protect themselves from and molten metal kinda needs a little care when handling.

 

JC Findley

6 Months Ago

I actually use safety ropes as well when working on cliff sides or on old bridges.

 

Marlene Burns

6 Months Ago

I wear rubber gloves when I type in the forum

 

Drew

6 Months Ago

Wow JC that is impressive! My son uses his drone to capture such feets of photography!

 

David Randall

6 Months Ago

An artist I knew, who painted in oil, passed out while painting one day. He would average near 20 cups of coffee a day. Doctors said it was the coffee.

I love the smell of turpentine. It transports me into the studio that my parents had growing up. I use mineral spirits myself now however. I don't think the houses of the past were as sealed up as we build them today. I have lived in many of these older homes in New England. A hundred year old house often has little or no insulation. I fact they were often cold and very drafty. Artists in the past were probably less at risk for that. Lead paints were normal on houses of that era. I just never chewed on the paint.

Our concern with our paints isn't as big a thing when it comes to drinking alcohol. Humm

 

JC Findley

6 Months Ago

I NEED a drone. It is budgeted for this summer.

 

Drew

6 Months Ago

The cost of quality drones with gimbals and gyroscopes have really dropped in price. I really would like to get a quality drone for our next western USA trip. I hope to explore Washington State, the Dakotas, Montana and parts of Canada our next go around.

Now that my knee has recover, I'm back to climbing those mountains again. Got to the peak of Pisgah without a knee brace and the biking has been a great recovery therapy.

 

David Bridburg

6 Months Ago

DR,

I know a foreign car mechanic, German cars primarily, that works in a closed garage with the motors running. He smokes cigars like a chimney.

His biggest problem as he is getting older is working on gas and diesel tanks. Taking them out of cars etc.....working on the lines.....he now passes out immediately, and has hit his head a few times landing on the ground.

He is his own boss, so he rejects those jobs now.

Dave

 

LEANNE SEYMOUR

6 Months Ago

Highly entertaining discussion thread folks.....as well as being somewhat enlightening......thanks for the laughs and education!

I'm allergic to chemicals so don't have worry about chemicals like turps etc. Thing I have to remember is to prepare my paper or base before starting to paint, since I can never tell if what I'm going to paint is worth the effort. Early days I would have a feeling to prepare paper especially when doing watercolors and ignore my feelings around this much to my regret.....so regardless I always make sure I think about what I'm doing before I start.

 

Marlene Burns

6 Months Ago

I've been known to take 2 aspirin and call my muse in the morning...

 

Roger Swezey

6 Months Ago

David R,

RE:... "I love the smell of turpentine."

Me Too,

Every time, I smell turpentine, I taste Chocolate éclairs.

Every Saturday morning, when coming home from Mrs. Airing oil painting class, Daniel Hittleman and I would treat ourselves when changing busses, in Flushing NY

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Regarding precautions,

If I had listened to all those warnings people gave me throughout the years,, "Don't use that".."Don't go there"..."Don't..don't..don't", the "Rat,Bat,Vulture Enterprise would never have gotten off ground.


Now, all the above is being typed by someone who foolishly broken his arm and tailbone falling on his ass

 

Jon Glaser

6 Months Ago

I made a clean room to spray varnish on prints. You are supposed to use a ventilation fan that is spark resistant.

 

Betsy Cullen

6 Months Ago

Yes, I look to the left, then to the right, then to the left again. I also use water miscible oil paints.

 

Joe Burgess

6 Months Ago

Phthalo blue tastes kinda funny, but cadmium red will take you places, man...

 

Marlene Burns

6 Months Ago

Joe,
cad red is my go to color for probably 40 years...and they say it's dangerous.
I guess I'm still living proof...ain't dead yet.

 

An apple a day.


---------------
~ Bill
www.BillSwartwout.com

 

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