|Oil Painting Studio Set Up|
Last month, I delved into this issue with these blog posts:
I discovered, much to my horror, that my beloved acrylic paints are petroleum based. Since I signed petitions to stop the North Dakota pipeline, the issue of our heavy reliance on the oil industry has peaked. As an artist interested in protecting the environment, I search for answers and alternatives to my practice of making art.
|Sun Fire, 9 x 12 x 0.75 inches, Acrylic on Canvas.|
Copyright 2008 Mary Gravelle.
Gamblin oil paints are made with linseed oil, which is derived from the flax plant. They also use safflower oil in the making of some of their colors. All paints are made from the same pigments. Oil paints use plant oils as the binder whereas acrylic paints, according to an email received from Gamblin Oil Colors, use "emulsions of plastics derived from petroleum." This is not okay with me.
|Passage, Oil on Masonite, 16 x 20 inches.|
Copyright 2006 Mary Gravelle.
As one artist, can I really make a difference? I don't know. But, I must try. I must be true to what I think is the right thing to do. I might not be totally ready to switch to oil paints but I'm close. There are more issues to discuss like oil painting mediums.
As I become more aware of this issue, I'll write more. Stay tuned...
What do you think about any of this?
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