For those who follow me, you will know that more than 5 years ago I developed an adverse reaction to some mediums:
- Pastel: I can no longer even open a tin of pastel. My lips, eyelids swell and I start coughing.
- Oil: I cannot be in a room with the fumes of Oil painting or turpentine. My lungs start to burn.
Acrylic : same problem than with Oil but what is disturbing is the fact it only started when some make of Acrylic decided to change their product to let Acrylic dry a longer time to behave like Oil.
After months of battling and years of Watercolour (the alone Medium I do not react)
I was desperate to paint as I used to!
I forgot all aboutPastel. There is no point to persevere since there is no substitute.
I have tried Artisan Oil. from Winsor Newton I still did suffer with it but realised that it was all about the added medium I was using (stand Oil) that is used to slow down the drying time and permits to achieve details while painting fine work. So I can now carry on with Artisan Oil but being very careful to use Stand Oil with open windows.
My major problem was the fact I could no longer paint with Acrylic! I absolutely adore the medium for its versatility. I could paint either on canvas, traditional work or play about on paper and experiment with added texture. Great fun!