December 1, 2010

I'm so excited...not!

I'm so excited....someone wants to buy all my art...NOT!  I received another email scam. I don't know about you but I get annoyed when I get those phishing type emails that are too good to be true.  I'm not worried about getting taken advantage of because I'm very cautious and aware but I do get angry when I see them because I know there a many people out there that do fall for these scams. These trusting but vulnerable folks don't deserve to be taken advantage of. Grrrr... 

Well, that's my rant for this week over with.

Now on to better things.  My pallet is empty and my Genesis paints are put away for the winter.  The fumes from drying the paint has affected my lungs and I can no longer handle it, especially with the windows all closed for the winter. I did love painting with them but drying them was a pain, literally.  I've decided to try water soluble oils. I'm quite excited to try them out.  If you use them at all please let me know what you think. How do I keep the smells to a minimum?


  1. you are rightly angry about the mails...
    ignore them is the best solution...

    in India, we have lots of hot weather and most houses have separate room for drying/storing...
    a separate room would be better, i don't know about the places where you live...

    is there somebody to help?

  2. Bonnie, I have used them. I've never used the other oils, I have little kids. The fumes are not bad at all, check out Nancy Laliberte's blog she and a friend are starting to use them and she's been blogging about them. Or you could come to the other side and paint in watercolor:) I love them!!!!

  3. Hi jyothiisethu, thanks for your concern. In Canada it's the opposite. Because of the cold we seal up our homes to prevent most of the frigid air from getting in. I live in a two bedroom condo but I may try storing my wet paintings in a back hall closet to lessen the fumes in the living area. Thanks for the idea.

  4. I will be very interested to see how you like the water soluble oils, Bonnie. Sorry to hear the fumes have hurt you. This could be a new chapter in your life where you really do sell tons of artwork. I've never gotten one of those emails, guess it's a tribute to your wonderful work.......they don't want mine, LOL.

  5. Hi Bonnie,
    I use Winsor and Newton Griffin Alkyd oil paint which dries in a day, I don't use medium, only sometimes a bit of Liquin (also W&N) and wash out my brushes with dish soap and then brush soap. Put your paintings somewhere out of the way to dry and then you shouldn't have any problems.

  6. Thanks everyone. I appreciate your comments.

  7. I was disappointed in the water soluble oils they took days to dry in my climate. I have a whole set I only used once, a waste of money. Watercolors are the best bet for allergies in my opinion.

  8. Hi Bonnie, I think the email purchase scam has migrated to Blogs from Ebay and Etsy after they closed them down. This is the season, Grrrr...

    You could consider going solvent free in your studio. Look into the walnut based oils such as M.Grahm, or Gamblin's OMS, check out the studio safety page on some great info there.

    I would not ruled out going to acrylic, take a look at Mark Woodland's work, I would never guess this work was acrylic.

  9. Dear Bonnie,
    Sorry to hear cunning business approaches that wasted your energy. So, please be careful about the disclosure of your contact.
    I really look forward to your water soluble oils.
    Kind regards, Sadami