Archive for August 12th, 2010

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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How Does Plastic in Our Waters Affect Marine Life?

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You’ll definitely want to read these important excerpts from articles. (Sources at bottom of this post.)

How Plastic Debris Affects Marine Life

According to the WWF, 100,000 marine mammals are killed by plastic rubbish each year around the world. Sea animals can become entangled in the plastic debris which can cause strangulation or growth deformations.  Floating plastics can be mistaken for food, causing blockages within the animal’s digestive systems leading to eventual death.

The IOSEA report that the lifespan of the average plastic bag may be between 200 to 400 years, well outlasting the affected animal, while a plastic bottle is thought to take 450 years to fully break down.

What Happened to this Whale?

In August 2000 an autopsy on a dead Bryde’s whale near Cairns, Australia, revealed that its stomach was tightly packed with not food but six square metres [that’s almost 200 square feet – ed.] of plastic rubbish, including supermarket bags, food packages, and fragments of rubbish bags.

The Knock-On Effect To Humans

Not only are discarded plastics believed to have a devastating effect on sea-life, but the impact on animals then has repercussions for the health of human beings.

Toxins ingested by sea animals end up on dinner plates and humans invariably absorb the carcinogens contained in plastics when they consume seafood.

Scientists have proven that the Endocrine Disrupter Chemicals (EDCs) which are added to plastics to make them softer and easier to handle affect fat cells, contributing to obesity.

Scientists also believe that exposure to plastics affects

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