Archive for July 30th, 2010

Painting #18: San Blas Sunrise

Artists for A Pristine Planet

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


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