Are "Non-Toxic" Art Supplies Truly Toxin-Free? Leah's Story
The article on Art Supplies and Poison Control by PediatricSafety.net states that, “In 2009, the nation’s 57 poison control centers received more than 35,000 calls about toxic exposures to art products; of these, more than 26,000 calls concerned children younger than 6.”
Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages :
A common misperception around natural materials and ingredients is that they’re not very archival, luminous or of a professional quality.
Back in their day, all of the buildings, pyramids, sculptures, homes and walls were covered in color and paintings. It's hard to imagine those iconic yellow pyramids covered in a multitude of colors...
Amy Winehouse, oil on canvas. 1 of 4 in a series of Rolling Stone covers (Germany).Other covers were of Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Prince
below, follow the dialogue between(LF) Leah Fanning(RP) Roberto Parada- and also(FK) Friedhard Kiekebenwith an additional text on organic pigments by Robert Maynord
photographic self portrait. "My Canon self timer was a great help.The coffee is what allows the art to be done on time. (laughing)”
'The Alexa Family', oil on canvas, 2019
"That was one of my favorite project this year.My initial idea for the opener was to have family sitting down for a mealwith the Alexa chandelier spying over them with cameras and mics.Then they came forward with the idea of a 50’s like nuclear familywith the human size Alex in a family style moment.I liked where it was going. Mine idea for the opener was a little too dark and foreboding,So I was able to spin them off as spots."
Leah Fanning in front of Earth Oil Paintings
"love", natural oil paint on canvas and mixed media,
40" x 40", 2009
Pigments used: gold mica, emerald green,
terre verte, french turquoise
"River Deep", natural oil paint on birch wood and mixed media, 36" diameter, 2018
Pigments used in this piece: yellow ocher, burnt sienna,
titanium dioxide, burnt umber, ultramarine purple, copper mica
The work is part of the "Sacred Water" Series -
painted at the water's edge next to the rivers
and creeks of Southern Oregon.
murals being painted, (right):exhibition featuring 'Chakra Paintings'
What About Organic Pigments?note: in the section below, Robert Maynordgives an added commentary onwhat artists should look out forin connectionwith organic pigments
"Solar Plexus", natural oil paint on canvas and mixed media,
40" x 40", 2009
Pigments used in this piece: yellow ocher,
brilliant yellow, mayan red, ultramarine purple
This is part of the Chakra series and is based on the Solar Plexus chakra -
center of personal power and self confidence.
Did you know.........
Arts and crafts products rarely list ingredients.
Artist's pigments are commonly made from petrochemicals, and the actual hazards of these materials are not always known. Heavy metal-based pigments and paints are very hazardous to your health and should be avoided at all costs.
Synthetic pigments that have never been tested for toxicity can be labeled "non-toxic." The reason? There is no data to prove otherwise.
Children's arts and crafts paints are exempt from consumer paint lead laws. They often contain lead, cadmium, and a host of toxic ingredients like formaldehyde (a carcinogen), one of the most common paint preservatives.
Some of the most dangerously toxic conventional oil paints include: