This is my corner of the studio right now-my messy palette and brushes. I have (thanks to a dear artist in Washington DC) switched to working with mineral spirits instead of turpentine. She unfortunately-due to her long exposure to turpentine and other toxic art materials-is now oxygen dependant.
She is a fantastic artist and human being, it is painful to know she is suffering as she is.... I will at the very least-and thanks to her, make the switch. Yesterday was my first day using mineral spirits instead of the turpentine.
Before switching, I did much research about the dangers of turpentine...it can seep through your skin, unlike mineral spirits and other mediums. I have -fot the last 20 years-not only rubbed my hands all over turpenoid as I paint... I have also on more than one occasion had a sip of my turps instead of my tea/wine/water.... and once suffered chemical burns on my cornea from turpentine that splashed in my eyes.
No wonder my chiropractor told me my body seemed toxic although I eat a very clean diet! Alas, I have hope that it is never too late .... and my green juices will help as I slowly detox these chemicals from my system!
On a different note, here are some of the new key/necklace and earring holders that Sergio is working on:
And here are two of my latest pieces, both of which are unfinished (I will hopefully post an image of them, finished-on Tuesday!)