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Dust! Argh!

The bane of my painting-related existence is dust. No matter how much I try to keep my working area clean, dust creeps into my paints before they can dry. Compressed air doesn't help, and brushing it off just messes up the paints. Yet another reason for painting in dark colors - the dust doesn't show as much! Even if I give the finished work a nice damp wipedown, as soon as i varnish it the dust gets sucked in again.

kaote, who_is_she, and other artists reading this: how do you deal with dust? Do you ignore it? Figure it won't be visible when you're done? (But mine is! And I don't see dust in finished paintings in galleries....) Do you somehow manage to keep your studios spotless? Is there a dust-banishing incantation or sacrifice that you learned in art school, that I missed by changing majors halfway through?

Dust, begone! Avast! Go the fuck away!

Please?

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wandelrust
May. 6th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
Set up CRTs all around your painting area. The static they generate will attract the dust and keep them off your painting.
00goddess
May. 6th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
An air filter?
ethernight
May. 6th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
Perhaps a small air purifier in your studio would help?
cortneyofeden
May. 6th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
A HEPA air filter would do wonders about keeping the air clean in the room when you're painting...
demonlurking
May. 6th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
dunno how much it would help, but you may want to think about covering your paintings with something like a light linin while they dry. being careful not to let it rest on the wet paints too much, but still create a barrier to dust.
kaote
May. 6th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
Since I haven't done anything with oils since I had that studio at CMU, I haven't had a problem with dust 'cause I've been using acrylics and/or ink-and-brush style stuff. I like things that finish up fast and don't allow me to overwork them like I do with oils. :) Although if I were in your shoes I would suggest the air purifier combined with OCD-ly frequent vacuuming. Generally most dust comes from one's carpet and gets stirred up by walking around.

Of course you could pull a Pollock and just leave it in the paint on purpose. :)
jnanacandra
May. 6th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
I use acrylics too, but it's so hot here that it's taking them forever to dry - they go tacky instantly, and stay that way for days! Argh!

Trying the air purifier approach at the moment. *fingers crossed*
flasher
May. 6th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
ummmm, watercolor/pastel artist here. Dust is not my problem. I just wait for the water to dry and brush it off. Its a good thing, too, since Josh is forever woodworking and getting extremely fine sawdust all over my wet work.
stillraven
May. 7th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
Do you remember the air filter we had? It's the one from Sharper Image, it uses two metal plates and electrifies them, making the dust stick to them. It's great.
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