Archive for July, 2010

Painting #18: San Blas Sunrise

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SOLD. When I got back from Mexico a few years ago, I had a whole lot of images of the beach that I tweaked into varying shapes and colors – like this one.

It’s funny, because I really didn’t enjoy that beach – there were sharp, pointy shells in the sand so you couldn’t even go barefoot, and the water was dirty and so shallow for such a long way out that it wasn’t worth going swimming.

But it sure had some spectacular shallows! This was a hard one to do without it just looking like a swash of color – I used a pretty small brush and worked from the bottom up to get the soft blends.

There’s a no-no in painting called “licking” – it’s when you paint a daub and then smoosh it around and blend it into other colors. The puritsts say to make a stroke and leave it.

Well, it was sure tempting to lick this piece to bits – but I didn’t! There isn’t a single smoosh in it. It was all done with little daub after little daub. As my Texan friend would say, you have to mix the paint right careful to do that.

If you miss getting the original, you can get a really excellent print of this image starting at $104.00: http://bit.ly/san-blas-sunrise-Prints

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others): http://bit.ly/San-Blas-Sunrise-MP

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Eighty Five MILLION Plastic Bottles are Thrown Away Every Day….

Eighty-five million plastic bottles are thrown away a day…

There are two parts to the problem of bottled water: the water, and the bottle.

In the intro to Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (2010), Peter Gleick writes, “every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy and open up a plastic bottle of commercially produced water, and every second of every day in the United States, a thousand.

“More than thirty billion bottles a year thrown away, at a cost to consumers of tens of billions of dollars.” Read the rest of this article here: http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/what-you-can-do/make-producers-take-responsibility/

Image: © Story of Stuff 2010


Painting #17: Mellow Morning

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SOLD. Painting #17: TITLE: Mellow Morning. Some mornings here are so sweet – I love walking on the wet sand, seeing how impermanent my path upon the earth is – even compared to the real impact I and my doings might have. I think about how I could easily be an isolated artist, hiding in my studio – I did for years, you know! But I believe now that it’s more important to get out and speak up for what you’re passionate about.

Times have changed radically, and because of increased communications and technology, we have opportunites to create and amazing options we never had before. It’s time to creep out of that hidey hole and take your passion for a walk – a long, beautiful one!

Boy did I have a hard time getting the right blues in this online image – it just won’t translate all the way how rich those blues are. Ah well. Frustrating.

The original is SOLD! Thank you!

If you missed getting the original, you can get a print of this image starting at $104.00: http://bit.ly/Mellow-prints

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others, as well): http://bit.ly/Mellow-MP

Is Bottled or Tap Better?

Bottled water is so ubiquitous that people can hardly ask for water anywhere without being handed a bottle. But what is the cost to society and the environment?

Check out this great article…. http://www.emagazine.com/view/?1125

Painting #15 & 16! Rosey Lips

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SOLD. Rosey Lips. Are they really that colorful? Yep, they really do look like that! (Go to google images and see: flapjack succulents, or Kalanchoe Luciae.) There are some I saw there that have deep, lipstick-red lips! Amazing, and so lovely to be able to go out and see in my garden every day. This original painting was done in acrylics on 9″ x 12″ canvas.

GET A PRINT! If you miss getting the original, you can get a high-quality print on paper or canvas of this image starting at $104.00: http://bit.ly/rosey-prints

GET A MOUSEY PAD! Can’t afford an original or don’t have room, but still need something nice on your desk? Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others): http://bit.ly/rosey-MP

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What if We Couldn’t Water Our Gardens?

Artists for A Pristine PlanetWhat if we didn’t have the water to souse our gardens with?

Here’s a shot of where I sit when I do my teleclasses.

What if I couldn’t water those plants? I’d be left with an ugly bare, bald patch of dirt.

Did you know that some bottled drinking water companies reprtedly use up so much water in the manufacturing of their products they the local ground water is disappearing, and the residents are going without? Bummer.

But you can help – quit buying bottled water! The National Resources Defense Council says that more than half of all Americans drink bottled water – about a third of the public consumes it regularly. Sales have tripled in the past 10 years to billions a year. . (Read more here)

Americans purchased nearly 31 billion bottles of water in 2006 and spend $11 billion on bottled water every year. That was 2006! Imagine what is is now!

Nearly 2.5 billion bottles of water a year are sold in New York alone—stacked up end to end, they’d reach the moon.

In New York, the oil used to make our bottles is equal to 66 million gallons of gasoline; enough to power 120,000 automobiles for a year.

Get more details – I urge you to get and download this easy-to-read revealing pdf here: dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/waterbottles.pdf

If your tap water is yugh, then get Prill Beads on Ebay. You can get one little bag (that will last you for years) for a whole 8 bucks. Or get a good filtering system.

I’ve been using Prill Beads for over ten years, and I figure I save more than 100 bucks a month – probably around 1300 annually. That’s a goodly amount! Imagine what my bill would be if I still had my 2 big thirsty sons living with me – ouch!

If you can’t afford to get a filtering system, Prill Beads is your answer. Here’s where I get mine: http://bit.ly/prill-beads (No, I’m not affiliated with them.) Although they say they’re good for a lifetime, I change mine once a year – just because.

(Prill hints: Use a GLASS bottle, not plastic, to refresh the ‘mother’ batch in every day. You can use reusable bottles for carrying around with you. I have three, and switch out so I can keep them clean.)

Is There A Smart Water Guide You Can Get?

Yep – Click on the link below and get a Smart Water Guide.

It’s from the Food and Water Watch Organization.

Pass it around to friends, family and other people who care about what we’re doing to the planet and our waters!

Thanks!

View and share the Food and Water Watch Organization’s Smart Water Guide, filled with facts and helpful tips: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/bottled

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How Do You Choose A Water Filter?

Filtering water at home is cheaper and safer than depending on bottled water. Indeed, as much as 40 percent of bottled water is purified tap water.

Choosing a water filter can seem like a daunting process, but it does not have to be.

Download or read the Water Filtration Guide online for help in choosing the best filter for your home.

The first step is to find out what is in your water.

For this, contact your local utility and request a copy of the Annual Water Quality Report, also called the Consumer Confidence Report. Every utility is required by law to provide this and usually includes it with a monthly bill.

This report will give you information about any contaminant violations in your water system and to help you figure out what type of filtration system is best for your home. EPA posts many of these results on its website.

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/bottled/choosing-a-water-filter


Painting #14: Huge

Artists for A Pristine PlanetPainting #13: TITLE: Huge. I get an arts newsletter that has an ad for ‘bold brush’ painters in it every day. When I saw that today, I thought, how can I paint this painting using a bold brush? So I used a big brush – about .75 inch across – to paint this – except, of course, the surfer, for which I used a smaller brush….

Help me support the cleanup of our oceans! Get this original painting for only $100 – email me at this address: Lyon(at)AngelaTreatLyon.com with APP Huge Wave in the subject line. I’ll let you know what to do so you can own this painting.

A percentage of each sale goes to organizations who help research what’s needed, and/or do the work….

Want a mousey-pad of Huge? Get it here: http://bit.ly/huge-wave-MP, or a quality print on paper or canvas here: http://bit.ly/huge-wave-prints (starting at $104).

What do you think – kind of an amazing wave to surf, yes? I know people who wait until the waves are even bigger than this to even think about going out. Egads!

Painting #12: Moonlight

Artists for A Pristine PlanetPainting #12: TITLE: Moonlight.

One night recently the moon was full as a pumpkin, and I went down to the bench overlooking the canal near my house to just sit and look.

There’s a family of ducks who live nearby, and as I came closer, they up and swam off. This is the effect of their sassy departure. I sure like how it came out (look closely at the left side, as the dark blues are very dark and hard to see unless you look at the enlarged image).

To get this original painting for only $100, email me at this address: Lyon(at)AngelaTreatLyon.com with APP Moonlight in the subject line.

Get a mousey-pad of Moonlight here: http://bit.ly/moonlight-MP, or a quality print on paper or canvas here: http://bit.ly/moonlight-prints (starting at $104).

Our First Artist for A Pristine Planet Donation!

We made our first donation today: to Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff organization! I just love her work, who she is, what she does, and the passion she shows in getting the word out about what really goes on about things.

Her story on tap water was riveting/horrifying. See it here: http://storyofbottledwater.orgCross your fingers that I’ll be able to get her to interview for the Daring Dreamers Showcase! I’ll let you know –

This is from her website: Annie Leonard is the author and host of The Story of Stuff. She is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010.

Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped.

Witnessing first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

Painting #11: Mataura River Winter

Artist for A Pristine PlanetMataura River Winter. This is the view of the Mataura River from about a block away from the old church in in Gore, New Zealand, where I spent a year and a half as Artist in Residence.

This river is purported to have the best fly-fishing in the world, especially upon the hatching of the May Fly – people come from all over the world for this brief (3 or 4-day) event!

The clouds and the water in this painting were a bear – they look so simple, don’t they? But nooo – it took way longer than I thought it would to really catch the right color and movement!

To get this original painting for a mere hundred bucks, I invite you to send me an email at Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com with APP Mataura in the subject line.

Remember, my paintings usually sell for way more than this – I’m raising money to help organizations clean up our water bottle mess, that’s why the paintings are so inexpensive. This is a way for you to support a great endeavor and get some great art for your home or office in the bargain!

Get a mousey-pad of Mataura River Winter here: http://bit.ly/mataura-MP, or a quality print on paper or canvas (starting at about $102) here: http://bit.ly/mataura-print

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San Blas Shallows: Prep to Final

Here are some more images of how I prepare the undercoats in my paintings. You can see how the underpainting will sometimes look absolutely nothing like the final image! Here’s the first under layer:

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And here is the second underlying color coat:

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And here is the finished painting:

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San Blas Ripples: Final

SOLD. San Blas Ripples

Now that I have finished San Blas Ripples, you can compare the undercoats (last post) to the final – quite a difference! This was a really difficult piece – I had the sky dark, light, blue, greenish-yellow, and finally, dawn yellow.

The ripples are more pink in the tweaked image in the last post, but in reality, they looked more like the painting because the beach sand was a dark, almost brown yellow rather than the white sand we have here in Hawaii, and both the sand and the outer rocks reflected the pinkish light of the dawn as the water and tops of the ripples reflected the yellows.

The other part that was hard was representing the little ripple of water that surges over the shallows – not making it look like surf. The surf is to the top of the piece. coming from the end of the rocks in the jetty. The little bubbly surges are in reality no more than 2″ deep!

Here’s the final:

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Getting Prepped to Paint

I thought you might like to see a bit of the process I go through when I’m making these paintings.

First I take the image of the scene that I want to paint and tweak it in Photoshop so the colors really pop. Here’s an example of one I’ll be doing this week. I took a picture of the scene, which was in the usual sandy-brown and silvery blues of this particular place, and changed them to popping colors. Like this:

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Now I make a printout of this to use as reference. Then I draw out the main lines that define where I’ll lay in color.

Next I do a preliminary color value sketch in white and browns (see below).

This helps me determine placement of objects, shading, tones of dark and light, and where I want to emphasize light.

Here’s what the brown and white study looks like – you can see how I have changed the placement of the main elements and started working in a bit of magenta and light blue. (Now you can see how funky the paintings are when I first start them off!)

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A study like this also helps you if you have “blank canvas fear” (which I don’t, because when I prepare my canvasses, I paint them with a brown-tinted gesso).

Many people get freaked out by the white canvas and consider it intimidating – kind of like writing a book and looking  at the pile of blank white sheets sitting in front of you!

I’ll tell you more soon.

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