Archive for August, 2010

GMO Tomfoolery: Painting #40

Artists for A Pristine PlanetGMO Tomfoolery: Painting #40 I found out about how tomatoes were being modified with flounder genes about ten years ago. It made me wonder how dangerous that would be for someone with allergies to seafood.

Now when I go shopping, all I see are pathetic, grey-pale-pinkish tomatoes that look like they faded on the vine. They’re hardy and last a long time without rotting, I can testify to that – but they have no more taste than pink cardboard.

What’s worse is that people actually buy them and eat them (pleagh!). Have we forgotten what real food used to taste like? That tomatoes are supposed to be soft, and have deep red insides – and be mouth-watering delicious? (Can you tell a tomato lover when you hear one?)

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting and hang it in your kitchen! email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

And if you miss getting the original of GMO Tomfoolery, get a fantastic, high-quality print of it here http://bit.ly/GMO-Tomfoolery-Prints.You can also see the printed words better on the print site – there is an enlargement function you can use to read it all. Very cool.

And just so you know this, the red in this image is not as deep and dark and delicious as the actual painting – no matter how I tried, I just couldn’t get the color to translate when I scanned it. Think beefsteak tomato and you’ve got it –

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Think Bottled Drinking Water is Safer & Healthier? You’ll Be Shocked at How Wrong You Can Be!

Artists for A Pristine PlanetDo you choose bottled water because you think it is the easier (and healthier) option?

Convenient and good for the environment and water resources?

SO, SO WRONG! OOPS!

Clever marketing blinds us to the facts. “…out of a sample of 1,000 bottles sold in the U.S., at least 300 would have some level of chemical contamination.” (read more HERE)

“Each year, bottled water sales grow about eight to 10 percent. In 2005, bottled water sales surpassed milk, beer, juices — everything but carbonated soft drinks.” (read more HERE) It’s now five years later, and we use way more.

“Sometimes bottled water is tap water: In spite of the springs, mountains, and other bucolic scenes depicted on labels, some bottled water is nothing more than tap water, NRDC and Consumer Reports have found.

“The Aquafina brand, for example, is drawn from the municipal water supplies of Detroit, Fresno, and other cities. Coke and Pepsi – the main producers of bottled water (under different brand names) also use tap, not spring water.” (read more HERE)

Artists for A Pristine Planet“Despite the Hype, Bottled Water is Neither Cleaner nor Greener than Tap Water

“A Suffolk County, NY, study tested 88 bottled waters, and what they found was horrifying. It was this study which discovered the cancer agent, benzene, in Perrier and caused it to be withdrawn, but they also found: Freon, kerosene, toluene, trichloroethylene, and xylene in a number of other bottled waters.

“The NRDC in the USA reported that one-third of bottled water products they tested were found to violate an enforceable state standard or exceed microbiological purity guidelines, or both, in at least one sample. Despite popular misperceptions (spawned primarily by advertising), bottled water is not regulated….” (read more HERE)

Because of how bottled water is manufactured, the entire plastic water bottle industry is detrimental to the environment – and not just because of the effects of discarded bottles on our beaches, oceans and waterways.

1. Non-renewable resources (natural gas and petroleum) are used in the manufacturing of plastic water bottles.

2. To produce PET, the type of plastic from which water bottles are made, more than 1.5 million tons of plastic is used per year. That’s a LOT of plastic!

3. The emissions caused by producing PET affects our health, and contributes to the Green House Effect.

Artists for A Pristine Planet4. This manufacturing process uses approximately 17 million barrels of oil per year, in the United States of America alone.

Water Policy Expert and Director in Oakland, CA, Peter Gleik, puts it into perspective by explaining: “It would be like filling up a quarter of every water bottle with oil.”

The oil used in the manufacturing process could be used to fuel more than 100,000 cars a year!

Add onto this the fuel used in trucks and ships to transport the water bottles to the various outlets….

It takes approximately 3 to 4 litres of water just to produce one 1L plastic water bottle. “In fact, more water is used to make PET bottles than is actually put into them.” (read more HERE)

Artists for A Pristine PlanetPlastic water bottles disposed in mixed trash containers make up part of the 88% of water bottles not being recycled.

Instead of being recycled and reused as different products, they end up on our beaches, in oceans or landfills, where it takes approximately 450 to 1000 years for them to biodegrade.

When plastic water bottles degrade, they produces toxins (like chlorine gas) which can lead to diabetes, hyperactivity and breast cancer.

Do you see the real need to change how we’re doing things?

What can you do?

First, please recycle your plastic water bottles.

Check out water filters or use Prill Beads (Ebay – I use the ones that cost $8 – they last forever). Better yet, use reusable glass, stainless steel (or other) bottles instead.

Adoring My Dream, Painting #39

Artists for A Pristine PlanetSOLD. Adoring My Dream,
Painting #39.

I know, how many times a day do you go around holding a giant fish to your heart?

But what if that was Fish the Dream, the one you never ever want to have swim away?

What if it was the Perfect Dream for your life?

What if, when you hold it close, everything is Just Right? That’s what it’s like to live your Dream – everything seems Just Right.

If you missed getting the original, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of Adoring My Dream here:
http://bit.ly/Adoring-My-Dream-Prints


Don’t have room for a painting or
print? The holidays are coming – I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad (14.95) of Adoring My Dream here:
http://bit.ly/Adoring-My-Dream-MP.

And I liked this one so much (again!) that I made a throw pillow out of it – this would be a great pillow for coaches and therapists! Get one (24.95) here:
http://bit.ly/Adoring-My-Dream-Pillow.

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Learning to Love Myself: Painting #36

Artists for A Pristine PlanetSOLD. Painting #36: TITLE: Learning to Love Myself. How many times, as a coach, have I heard people tell me, “I want to get rid of my anger/fear/sadness/doubt”?

I wish I had a buck for each time – I’d be a millionaire plus! But our shadows are as valuable as our light! What if we loved our shadows as much as our brilliance?

All we need to do is stop resisting, and turn to the sun of our highest being, and the shadow drops back into its proper place. Good to get to know it, but not let it control us.

Artists for A Pristine PlanetIf you missed getting the orginal, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on paper of Learning to Love Myself here:

http://bit.ly/I-Love-All-of-Me-Prints.

Or maybe you want a bigger canvas – you can get a print on canvas (called a giclee) that is up to 36″ x 48″ at the same site. Indulge!

Don’t have room for a painting or print? This would make a great gift. I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of it here: http://bit.ly/I-Love-All-of-Me-MP.

And I liked this one so much I made a pillow out of it – this would be a great pillow for coaches and therapists! LOL – Here’s where to get one: http://bit.ly/I-Love-All-of-Me-Pillow

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Courage, Clarity & Communication: Painting #35

Artists for A Pristine PlanetSOLD! Woohoo! Painting #35: TITLE: Courage, Clarity and Communication. A friend asked me to do a painting for the three things she values most in her business: Courage, Clarity and Communication. This is what I saw when she described her idea. She has a deep spiritual connection to her own Deep Self as well as Source, so of course that aspect of it had to be there, too.

If you missed getting the original, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of Courage, Clarity and Communication here http://bit.ly/CCC-Prints.

Don’t have room for a painting or print? I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of it here: http://bit.ly/CCC-MP.

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The Great (Enormous) Pacific Garbage Patch

Artists for A Pristine PlanetImagine taking your children or grandchildren to the beach: sandy white shores, pristine water, marine wildlife creating a serene picture, maybe a dolphin or two putting on a show to make the kiddies giggle. (Photo: Kalk Bay, Cape Town, SA;  Cheryl-Anne Roelofsz)

Sadly, that picture is slowly fading.

Instead of sandy white beaches and clear blue waters, we have debris covering thousands of kilometres of beach front.

We have animals entangled in and ingesting plastic litter: turtles mistake plastic bags for jelly fish, albatross mistake red and brown bits of plastic for shrimp – and those cute dolphins? They get caught in discarded fishing nets and lines and either die by strangulation or starvation.

Entangled seal by derelict net, Hawaii. Photo Source: NOAA

You might just (mistakenly) assume that this only happens on land areas and off the immediate coast – surely out in the middle of the ocean the situation would be much better?

Not so.

Here’s why: Gyres. A gyre is a large scale circular feature made up of ocean currents created by a system of high pressure air currents that spiral around a central point. They make up 40 percent of our oceans. They are also accumulators of garbage….

Artists for A Pristine PlanetNorth Pacific Gyre. Illustration: NOAA

The biggest (known) vortex of debris can be found in the Central North Pacific Ocean, spanning approximately 7 to 9 million square miles…”combined” garbage, floating in patches of roughly 1700 miles across.

Three times bigger than the USA (3 million square miles!), the Pacific gyre contains two accumalations of garbage in the western and eastern regions, collectively known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch floats between Japan and Hawaii; the Western Patch floats between Hawaii and California.

An even bigger garbage patch is said to be found in the Southern Hemisphere, where expeditions are currently underway to study and search this area. Experts are frightened about what they will find. This southern patch is estimated to be four times larger than the Pacific Patch.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is characterized by high concentrations of suspended plastic debris; think of a “soupy mix of plastic filled seawater,” as one reporter put it.

Artists for A Pristine PlanetGreat Garbage patch, floating debris. Photo Source: flyaddicts

When animals ingest plastic, it gets lodged in their windpipes and they suffocate.

Or it gets into the animal’s stomach, and it will be unable to eat and will starve to death.

A dead whale washed up on the shores of France in 2002, and upon investigation 800 kgs of plastic was found in its stomach.

The plastic tides and garbage patches also modify ecosystems. Marine Biologist David Barnes was quoted in a report, saying: “It can actually change entire ecosystems. Plastic debris which floats on the ocean surface acts as rafts for small sea creatures to grow and travel on. This represents a potential threat for the marine environment should an alien species become established. It is postulated that the slow speed at which plastic debris crosses oceans makes it an ideal vehicle for this. The organisms have plenty of time to adapt to different water and climatic conditions.”

Artists for A Pristine PlanetPlastic Sea. Photo Source: Coastal wiki

The different types of garbage found in the ocean may vary, ranging from plastic bottles, nappies and cigarette butts to fishing line, nets and cans. They all share a common origin. Humans. Its time we wake up and do something about it…now.

Sources: http://coastalcare.org and http://www.franklygreen.com, as well as articles published by Claire Le Guern Lytle and David Barnes. Thanks to Cheryl for her help.

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Did you know that 85 MILLION plastic drinking water bottles are being thrown out every day? I’m MAD about our oceans getting all mucked up! So – I’m painting 100 paintings in 100 days to raise awareness. I invite you to join me on my Facebook Fan Page Artists for A Pristine Planet, and do us all a favor – hit the ‘Like’ button! I’d love it if you would ask your friends to go there and ‘Like’ it too – thanks!

© Angela Treat Lyon 2010

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I Will Keep You Safe Always, Painting #34

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Painting #34: TITLE: I Will Keep You Safe Always. This is a Dream I had recently. The goose was (of course) the Golden Egg Goose, and it came to me for protection. I took it up in my arms – no small feat, since it was enormous – bigger than me! – and it shrank itself nicely to fit comfortably. I asked it if that meant that the Golden Egg would shrink, too, and it just had a good belly laugh.

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting: email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

Artists for A Pristine PlanetAND – check this out! – I like this one so much I made a throw pillow out of it – see it here: http://bit.ly/Safe-Always-Pillow

If you miss getting the orginal, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of I Will Keep You Safe Always here: http://bit.ly/Safe-Always-Prints

Don’t have room for a painting or print? I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of I Will Keep You Safe Always here for $14.99: http://bit.ly/Safe-Always-MP

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Princess Kaiulani – Portrait: Painting #33

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SOLD. Painting #32: TITLE: Princess Kaiulani, Portrait. I couldn’t stop! I just love this girl. So here she is again – and yes, her eyes really were that big. She has Hawaiian eyes.

If you miss getting the orIginal, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper – framed or unframed – of Princess Kaiulani Portrait here: http://bit.ly/Princess-Kaiulani2-Prints You can get prints as big as 36″ x 48″ – imagine this one that big – whew!

Don’t have room for a painting or print? I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of Princess Kaiulani Portrait here for $14.99: http://bit.ly/Princess-Kaiulani2-MP

Read the entire story about Princess Kaiulani here: http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/hawaii/princess+kaiulani/

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Princess Kaiulani, the Almost Queen of Hawaii: Painting #32

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Painting #32: TITLE: Princess Kaiulani. I’ve wanted to paint this lovely girl for years and just never sat down to do it. Well, here she is.

She is Princess Kaiulani, the almost queen of Hawaii, who died at 23 after the previous queen (Liliuokalini) had been forcefully removed from the throne and President McKinley declared Hawaii a republic in 1897.

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting: email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

If you miss getting the orginal, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of Princess Kaiulani here: http://bit.ly/Princess-Kaiulani-Prints

Don’t have room for a painting or print? These make great gifts (I just bought one myself!) – I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of Princess Kaiulani here for $14.99: http://bit.ly/Princess-Kaiulani-MP

Here’s more of her story:

Flies by Day: Painting #31

Artists for A Pristine PlanetA friend sent me a photo of a horse she loved, and this is my interpretation of it for her because I know she loves these colors.

Someone asked me why I named it Flies by Day – well. know the saying, “fly by night?” Just a word-play….

I invite you to get the original of Flies by Day for only $100 now here:

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting: email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

If you miss getting the original, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of Flies by Day here:

http://bit.ly/Flies-by-Day-Prints

Don’t have room for a painting or print? Got a teen daughter who’s ape for horses? The holidays are coming –

I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of Flies by Day here for $14.99: http://bit.ly/Flies-by-Day-MP

How Much Do We Drink and Spend on Bottled Water Per Year?

What is the average person’s annual bottled drinking water consumption?

It’s 28 gallons per year per person. I bet it’s way more than that – I drink 90 gallons of water a year, myself.

The stats say (source below) that Americans consume more than 31 Billion litres per year.

If each bottle cost one dollar – just to make an average for fun – imagine what kinds fo things we could do with 31 billion dollars! But of course, we buy little bitty bottles, quart-size bottles, gallon bottles – so it’s probably more than 31 billion.

Think about it. What would YOU do with 31 billion bucks more each year?

Source of stats: treehugger.com/files/2007/02/pablo_calculate.php

Painting #30: Hokulea, the Pride of Hawaii: Polynesian Voyaging Canoe

Artists for A Pristine PlanetSOLD. “The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was founded in 1973 to carry out an experiment that would help answer some questions: how did the Polynesians settle the far-flung islands of the mid-Pacific – by accident or by design?

“Did their canoes and their knowledge of navigation enable them to sail purposefully over the vast sea distances between Pacific islands?

“PVS began with the building of a replica of a Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, launched in 1975, to explore the seafaring heritage and the voyaging routes of our ancestors….”

Excerpt above from PVS’s website. Read and find out more here: http://pvs.kcc.hawaii.edu

I’ve been watching Hōkūle‘a and her trips across the waters since she was first launched, and it’s a privilege to paint her. I’ve wanted to for years and years and just never did. Here she is.

HELP ME SUPPORT CLEAN OCEANS! This is an easy wayt to do it and get something beaulitful for your efforts. What do your regular charities give you back? Nothing! You get an original, print or mousey pad from me and I take a percentage of the purchase and make a donation to StoryofStuff. Pretty cool.

If you miss getting the orginal, you can get posters, greeeting cards or prints on canvas or paper of Hokulea here: http://bit.ly/Hokulea-Prints

Don’t have room for a painting or print? Get a beautiful Mousey Pad of Hokulea here for $14.99: http://bit.ly/Hokulea-MP

Painting #29: Unstoppable!

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SOLD. Unstoppable: Painting #29.

What does this make you think of? Daddy’s home? Let me down! I’m a big kid now! I want to run! Never mind that I’m nekked! I want that! What else? Whatever it is, this kid is unstoppable!

This is a real departure for me – you’ve seen how I usually like to smooth the edges and blend the colors more. But I challenged myself to just go bold. I love the black lines – that took real courage for me to do – I was shaking in my pants!

And if you missed getting the original of Unstoppable, get a fantastic, high-quality print of it here http://bit.ly/Unstoppable-Prints.

You can also get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad of it here: http://bit.ly/Unstoppable-MP.

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Painting #28: Where Did We Come From and Where Are We Going?

Artists for A Pristine PlanetWhere Did We Come From and Where Are We Going? Painting #28.

I guess I kinda got caught by the boat metaphor doing yesterday’s The Future Is A Mystery.

I kept thinking of that saying, “We’re All One,” and thought if we’re all One, then there is no separation between us, our realities or anything in them.

So I ask myself, what is important? Not the Journey itself, but how we live it.

Want the original of Where Did We Come From and Where Are We Going?

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting: email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

And if you miss getting the original of Where Did We Come From and Where Are We Going, I invite you to get a fantastic, high-quality print of it here – you can even choose different sizes: http://bit.ly/WHERE-Prints.

You can also get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad of it here:
http://bit.ly/WHERE-MP.

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Painting #27: The Future Is A Mystery

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SOLD. The Future is A Mystery: Painting #27.

Sometimes I don’t know if I’m coming or going – am I floating?

Beached? Waiting? Stranded?

Ready to rock ‘n’ roll?

That’s what this beautiful old Portuguese fishing skiff reminds me of, sitting on the sand…or is it a cloud…or water….?

What is really too bad about this online image is that you cannot see the thick texture of the paint. It’s extra thick, because I was slogging it on as fast and furious as I could, just to see if I could. I could, and did!

If you missed getting the original of The Future is A Mystery, get a giclée print (a giclée is a high-quality print on canvas – so good you almost can’t tell the difference between it and the original) here: http://bit.ly/Future-Mystery-Prints

You can get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad of The Future is A Mystery here: http://bit.ly/Future-Mystery-MP

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