By W.R. Jones
This was the view from the bathroom window of my cabin in Driggs, Idaho. I was tired of being out in the cold so thought I would paint standing in a warm room listening to music from the TV. It had to be the bathroom since that was the only place with enough light.
The previous day had been very windy and the wind knocked over my easel which cause a spill of my Gamsol odorless mineral spirits. It is not really odorless; I like the smell that it does have. However, if I don’t have enough ventilation it makes my eyes water so I’m going to guess it is not a healthful product to be breathing longterm.
I was forced to fill my brush cleaner with mineral spirits, that was nowhere near odorless, from the local paint store . Painting in the 5×5 bathroom (with one foot on the stool) while breathing these vapors gave me a headache in short order. When I finished painting I tried to treat the headache with a bottle of wine. This treatment was a failure resulting in a real combo throbber. My conclusion from this limited sample experiment is that it is better for your health to paint in the cold wind.