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Painting in all its forms is a somewhat toxic pastime or job and it pays to have some extra knowledge when using paint or disposing of it. I have built up some methodology over a number of years which I apply to the various media I use on a regular basis. In the main I paint in oils and as the paint I use is oil based ( although there are now water based oil paints) it is a question of finding less toxic paint thinners and brush cleaners, and not using domestic drains as a disposal point.

As a thinner I use Winsor and Newton Liquin Fine Detail, this is less toxic than using turpentine, but still needs some care as it contains some suspect compounds. It needs to be used relatively quickly as it soon darkens in colour, eventually turning into a solid block.

The brush cleaner I use is Weber turpenoid natural which is a fabulous non – toxic brush cleaner and conditioner, which makes the paint miscible with water. If you follow the instructions carefully you can keep all the brush cleanings from producing a 70 X 50 cm canvas in a standard sized jam jar.

When you finish your painting take a cat litter tray and fill it with the granule type of litter – pour the diluted paint evenly over the litter and leave to dry, preferably outside. When perfectly dry the litter can be scraped into a black bin bag and disposed of by sending to landfill where it will degrade. This is by far a superior alternative to allowing toxic paint and brush cleaner to enter our sewers.

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CREATION (in First American Artefacts)

CREATION
(in First American Artefacts)

I started painting ‘Waukheon The Thunderbird’ in 1997, inspired by First Americans. At present (2013) there are twenty two pictures in a variety of media, mainly oils but some in watercolour, gouache and acrylics, the style is developing and I am sure that further paintings will follow.

Here are twelve as a taster.

Stirrings

Stirrings in the Cosmos

Fire Medicine

Fire Medicine

As yet I have not exhibited the paintings widely, they have mostly been seen locally in Clevedon and nearby Nailsea. I have had favourable comments wherever they have been exhibited but as yet no offers to have a mega gallery showing. I decided to put them in my blog to see if people liked them further afield. My website designer, set up the website in return for a commissioned painting in this series, which depicts a Monarch butterfly. In spite of starting painting the series sixteen years ago I still feel very attached to them, as somehow they still seem to look vibrant and new.  

Exhibition in Images Gallery - Nailsea 1999

Exhibition in Images Gallery – Nailsea 1999

The Birth of the Thunderbird

The Birth of the Thunderbird

The Sweat Lodge

The Sweat Lodge

Exhibition at Toll House Gallery Clevedon in 2000

Exhibition at Toll House Gallery Clevedon in 2000

Turtle Totem

Turtle Totem

The style of painting is totally my own, and I have used a method of enhancing the oil colours to give them  greater brilliance. The subject matter was totally intuitive though helped along by various artefacts, jewellery etc. The colours used are always reds, oranges and yellows, complimented by blues and purples. 

Web

Web of Life

Nazca

The Great Plain of Nazca

Gods & Hunter Gatherers

Gods & Hunter Gatherers

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch

The Last Deer!

The Last Deer!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my paintings.

There are more to be seen on my website. 

   www.robinsonart.co.uk 

Pasture is fresh in the 'Happy Hunting Ground'.

Pasture is fresh in the ‘Happy Hunting Ground’.