Paint is paint is – well paint – isn’t it?
Actually no, and I’ve just been informed (reliably) again that my chosen paint will kill me. *sigh*
I do go over and around this with various paint suppliers from time to time, being assured – by one – that there are actually more toxins in synthetic acrylic paints than there are in their brand of triple-washed pigmented oil paints – and that you could eat it on toast by mistake and come out of it alright…. That oil paints are deadly and dangerous and the fumes and the skin contact can cause kidney damage and respiratory problems…..
Today’s conversation was with a charming and knowledgeable fellow who rattled off a number of impressive contemporary artists (including the late Howard Arkley) who buy their paint directly from him, and the benefits of their product. Quite convincing – especially from an ‘oh – you knew Howard Arkley well?’ art-snob point of view. Apparently they also have mediums that you can mix with the acrylic to make it work exactly the same way as the oils. When I told him I was an exhibiting artist – it sounded like he was prepared to give me paint for free…. I’ll be buying some wax from him. we’ll see how it goes.
I’m no scientist – it’s all very confusing, and I honestly don’t know what is best and why. I do know, I don’t want to be causing unnessesary health problems. I also don’t want to harm the environment by throwing away acrylic paint that has dried on the palete. The oils seem to go so much further. Arghhhh
But the punters are the punters – and they are the ones that need to be convinced I think. When you talk to the average person on the street who may consider buying a painting – they feel better about it being in oils. It gives a painting more street cred in some wierd way – and I kind of like working with them too.
I think I need a cup of tea and a nice lie down……