I have been painting in oils for many years, and have just recently begun painting consistently in pastels. Love, love, love them..........however, am somewhat concerned about the pastel dust. I cannot find too much information on this, but I do know while cleaning my studio the other day, I cleaned up an awfully lot of dust that evidently has sifted through the air. Since I am breathing this as well.............can anyone talk to me about the dangers.....and also filtration systems, whether you have them, whether they are necessary, etc.
In general its not good to inhale dust of any kind; but it cant be avoided in anything less than a sterile environment. Not all pastels are toxic, and some pastels are more toxic than others. Keeping a wet towel under your work, never blowing on your work, wearing a dust mask, and vacuuming your environment when you are done should be fine for anyone who isn't continually working in a cloud of pastel dust.
it is a nice picture. There will be always dust.
I use the hoover all the time and wile I am drawing I suck everything.
It is difficult but you can get use to it.
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Kathleen it's a lovely painting. I painted with the dusties for many years however, I switched to oil pastels a couple of years ago. There is a bit of a learning curve in getting a handle on the oilies. Techniques are similar but different.
I had two Uncles die of white lung disease. They worked in a pottery and didn't really worry about the dust.
Oil pastels use the same pigments and of course won't dust. With dusties, anytime I bumped a frame, I would get dust on the mat or glazing. That doesn't happen with the oilies.
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