View Full Version : Studio Lighting & Ventilation

04-22-2009, 08:31 AM
I have a couple of "studio" questions: (1) What kind of light do you guys draw under when you're using pastels inside? I've tried recessed lighting, but it's never bright enough; used a sun box, but the light is very white and makes pencil lines fade or shine so that it's hard to see what I'm drawing. (2) What do you guys use to keep the dust from filling the air? Do you have fans/vents/purifiers? I use a mask, but I can't wear it all the time! Within 5 minutes of opening a box of Ludwigs, the whole studio is filled with dust and the dust remains for days.

Donna T
04-22-2009, 08:53 AM
Hi Bongo, Here's a thread on studio lighting (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=538004&highlight=studio+lighting). This is on ventilation (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485027&highlight=ventilation), and another (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=412920&highlight=ventilation)more specific to pastels. Check out what Paula just wrote about the mask she is using, too.


04-22-2009, 09:17 AM
Here's a link to a system that attaches right to your easel. It is pretty pricey:


For something a bit more affordable, you might look into air purifiers like these:



04-22-2009, 09:53 AM
Light wise, I use a floor standing Day Lamp which gives really good light both for painting in and for my needlework, it gives off excellent light. They are generally found for about AUS$200.

I don't wear a mask generally, when the weather is good enough I like to use my Pastels outside.

Take Care
Love Carolynn :):):heart::thumbsup::wave:

Paula Ford
04-22-2009, 10:16 AM
Bongo, Please see this thread I just started about my TOTOBOBO mask.

I have an air purifier that runs when I'm not in my studio. My husband got it at Lowes I think.

Deborah Secor
04-22-2009, 12:20 PM
I'd look into Solux lamps and bulbs. www.solux.net