Visionary Art as Healing Art
Since the first artistic expression on the walls of the Lascaux caves to the chapel sixteen and the works of Yves Klein, pigments have been the artist precious Earth's gift.
I am committed to healthy environments and homes and non-toxic materials.
All the pigments I use are evaluated from the following criteria:
Natural or inorganic pigment of natural origin
Minimally processed and conscientiously mined
No heavy metals or toxic materials either in the end result or through manufacturing
Safe for indoor and outdoor use
Quality of material
Beauty and range of color
Greek, meaning pale yellow
The natural earth colors: ochres, umbers and sienna’s are natural pigments mined directly from the earth. Their color comes from the presence of iron oxides and hydroxides in the soil along with varying amounts of clay, chalk, and silica. When earth colors are heated their usual color becomes warmer and deeper.
French Ochres show a broad range of color from the palest of yellows to the brightest of reds and represent some of the highest quality natural pigments in the world.
Latin acidus, tart, acid.
Oxides: Natural and Inorganic pigments of natural origin. The raw materials are mixed before heating in specially designed kilns to a temperature of about 800C. After cooling to about 400C a controlled oxidation reaction develops the final characteristic color.
From the Mediterranean to Russia, China, North to South America, Our Earth Mother offers Her rich tones.
I choose pigments coming from traditional mines . Natural earth is hydro-mined, some hand crafted in small batch, ground into powder.
Oxides are manufactured to control the oxidation process under environmentally controlled conditions.
often created this way in preference to the use of lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone.
Land s talk, Here a story by Minouche Graglia on world pulse
How paint pollution effects your Health and the Environment
The USA’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies paint as one of its top five most hazardous substances.
Why? Read on to find out.
What’s In Paint?
Standard household paints are a smooth blend of toxic chemicals.They generally include pigment (the color), carried by a resin and/or binder, a solvent to help the paint application, and a dryer. In vinyl and acrylic paints they will also include plastics compounds. Some will include formaldehyde, arsenic, lead, thinners, and foamers.....
Harmful Effects of Paint Pollution
Prolonged or high exposure to paint and paint fumes can cause headaches, trigger allergies and asthmatic reactions, irritate skin, eyes and airways, and put increased stress on vital organs such as the heart.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported a 20%-40% increased risk of certain types of cancer (in particular lung cancer) for those who come into regular contact with, or work with paint while Danish researchers point to the added possibility of neurological damage.
There is growing concern amongst environmentalists about ‘off gassing’, the process by which chemicals continue to release volatile toxins into the atmosphere long after their application is complete.
Volatile Organic Compounds
As paint is applied, the World Health Organisation report that the levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) given off are as much as 1000 times higher than found outdoors.
During the life-time of the paint on your walls, it will also continue to release chemicals into the environment as invisible paint pollution.
Effects On The Environment
When VOC’s react with oxygen, they can form ‘bad’ ozone in the presence of sunlight. This is a contributory factor to the greenhouse effect and a cause of global warming, pollution of the water and the soil. One study by C.E.P.E. attributes paints and varnishes to causing as much as five percent of all VOC emissions.