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December 6th, 2007 #1
Shawn Barber's techniques = really unhealthy?
I was really flabbergasted when I watched Shawn's foundation painting video.
The video didn't start out with a basic safety information, and it looked like he was using real oils with solvents in an enclosed room.
Keep in mind that all solvents give off fumes, even the odorless, it's just that you can't smell them as much with the odorless stuff.
What was really disturbing was seeing him use his hand to spread cadmium based paints around. That stuff's pretty toxic last I heard, any heavy metal is. Even good old titanium white has some lead in it.
My painting instructor is quite old, 70+ and he's still around mainly because he's a stickler for safety. He makes sure to tell us that a lot of the artists he's studied with or taught in oils, who didn't follow his directions have died of cancer well before him.