Time lapse movie, Passing Point

This piece practically painted itself, being that it was more loose than my usual tight style. I loved working on it and am happy to share with you the process of how I paint.

You may notice in these small productions that I wear some sort of mask on my face. Protecting my lungs from the airborne pastel dust is serious business. I've tried heavy ventilators and they don't fit my small featured face. I've tried 3M, and a few other disposable face masks, but it seemed like they were not protecting me enough. For my own health I searched high and low for a small, comfortable, and highly effective filter and found another pastel artist, Paula Ford using a Totobobo. Artist's are always at risk by their mediums, especially soft pastel dust! I wanted to bring this up because recently my favorite online blogger friend Loriann underwent lung surgery and so I wanted her to see that she too, can continue working in pastel! I still have to gently wipe up any remaining dust with a damp rag to keep from getting airborne. I'm not sponsored by Totbobo, but I certainly do encourage pastel artists to check them out for their own health.

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Blogger Kim Vanlandingham said...

Masks are so important! I got Pneumonia when I was in college and they think it was triggered by dust from glazing particles. I had a really big scare even though we didn't use any of the "dangerous" glazes in school. Love the video...really cool and helpful to watch you fill in the negative spaces.

1/28/11, 7:26 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Wow, Kimberly! Pneumonia, oooh that sounds bad. You never know what could be floating around, even in our own homes. Glad you like the video! :)

1/28/11, 7:57 AM  
Blogger totobobo said...

Hi Brenda,

Thanks for mentioning of Totobobo mask. A recent customer, a pastel artist, told us about your blog.

Great video also! It's hard to imagine how the painting was built and the video make it much easier to understand.

1/30/11, 4:02 PM  
Blogger loriann signori said...

Hi Brenda,

I loved watching you at work and yes I see your totobobo. On another note,do you find that by painting on a toned surface it imbues that color light?I love your work.

Thanks for turning me on to the Totobobo. And thanks for taking the time to discuss, by phone, about the toto. Now I have that and my artist's air filter. I am beginning to feel safe.
Thanks also for your kind mention.
PS Now my husband uses a totobobo when he is cleaning the cat litter box- 5 cats lots of floating matter.

2/7/11, 9:36 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Hi Loriann glad to mention you and your work and I was happy to call...I was thinking so much about your surgery that I had to mention this great little face mask and the necessity of a face mask. Cat box cleaning too? What a great idea! I'm sure that the Toto people wouldn't mind knowing of this additional use! LOL!

Regarding your great question about my toned surface; the bold color always makes for a surprise in the end. I usually try to stick to complementary under paintings or warm colors because I get really great results, however, I have created some monsters too with colors that just didn't work. The bold under paintings peek through the pastel and give it a warm color light. Yup, loads of color!

2/7/11, 3:01 PM  

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