Most artists don’t usually take health and safety issues seriously until they get sick from being in the studio, so here’s a post from Hazel Dooney about enamel paint and turpentine.
“Enamel paint sets slowly as the chemical drying and hardening agents evaporate, creating a brittle, glossy finish. These toxic agents are inhaled, absorbed by clothing and settle on skin which, of course, also absorbs them. I use a respirator with chemical filter pads but it can’t scrub the air completely.” Read the rest of her post here.
I remember when I first discovered oil paints I used them in my bedroom, which is probably not recommended. I’m now much more cautious and aware, but I’m also comfortable with the health risks that come with using the materials we use to create art. A walk through most major cities around the world is probably a lot more dangerous than walking through an artist’s studio.