Archive for September, 2010

Storm Coming Over Lanikai: Painting #56

Artists for A Pristine PlanetStorm Coming Over Lanikai: Painting #56! Once in a while I indulge myself by going to one of the most lovely beaches here in Hawaii, Lanikai Beach. In Hawaiian, lani means heaven, or heavenly, and kai means ocean, salt water. The beach couldn’t be named more aptly.

Shed of its details: tourists, boats and evening strollers, here it is. I love the bold-brush style and how it accentuates the feeling in the air.

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

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Our Secret, Painting #49

Artists for A Pristine PlanetOur Secret, Painting #49. Tonight I saw a young guy and his girlfriend strolling down the street, and they looked just like this. What do you suppose he was whispering to her?

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

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International Coastal Clean Ups Near You….

Artists for A Pristine PlanetAs A volunteer (organizations and individuals) you can join the international Coastal Cleanups to keep our beaches clean.

By doing this, we minimize the amount of trash swept from our coastlines, as these will ultimately end up in the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Many volunteers walk, while other set out on boats or don scuba gear to remove garbage from below the ocean’s surface.

This is the perfect opportunity to do YOUR bit, as people from all ages and walks of life come together for a common goal: to rid our oceans of garbage.

The coastal clean up of 2009 collected 1.1 million plastic bags, and enough cups, plates, knives and forks for a picnic for 100,000 people!

We – you and I – are responsible for the garbage currently floating around in our oceans, and every single bottle or bag we negligently throw away will have a negative impact on our environment.

By joining a Coastal Clean Up, we can prevent that, help clean up what we’ve already messed up, and maybe even provide a pollution-free planet for the next generation. What beaches and waterways are near you that you can spend a couple hours helping to clean every so often?

Credits: http://www.oceanconservancy.org, and image: http://dipity.com

“Floating Islands” of Garbage in Our Oceans: the Junk Raft Project

Artists for A Pristine PlanetThe Junk Raft project (http://junkraft.com) was funded by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.

Its aim was to “creatively raise awareness about plastic debris and pollution in the ocean,” specifically targeting the Great Pacific Garbage Patch…

“sailing to Hawaii on 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessna 310, to raise awareness about plastic fouling our oceans.

“They sailed 2600 miles in a 30 foot-long raft made from an old Cessna 310 aircraft fuselage and 6 pontoons filled with 15 000 plastic bottles. I presented our last gyre sample from our marine debris trawl. In a glass peanut butter jar were hundreds of fragments of plastic and zooplankton floating around. “This is what you get when you skim the ocean surface. 2/3rds of the earth is ocean, and is now a plastic soup.”

“I also showed the shriveled stomach from the rainbow runner I caught a couple weeks ago, with 14 fragments of plastic in it’s stomach. This is why we crossed this ocean. Then we talked about what we do about it.(Image and text in blue: from http://junkraft.com)

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, also from the Algalita Foundation, crewed the Junk Raft, along with Film maker Joel Paschal. Many volunteers lent a hand in the construction of the Junk Raft by collecting bottles and cleaning them. These volunteers included Bell Elementary, Santa Monica High School and the Westbridge School for Girls.

The junk raft sailed from Long Beach California, where to Foundation is situation, to Honolulu, Hawaii. Just like the Kaisei Mission, the Algalitha Marine Research Foundation will fund more expeditions in the future, which will focus on the removal of ocean garbage.

So, yes! There are indeed foundations and organizations out there who do their part to clean up the garbage patch. What can YOU do to help?

Stay tuned – more this week onother projects….

http://dipity.com (image titled Dipity)
http://planetgreen.discovery.com (image titled Planet green)

Sometimes I Just Like to Do YOU! – Painting #45

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SOLD. Sometimes I Just Like to Do YOU!, Painting #45. O Bad Me!

What happens when a friend comes over and suggests a naughty painting?

You do it, of course!

Only it isn’t half as naughty as it could be, and is actually more fun than anything really nasty-naughty….It made us laugh a lot, anyway –

This, in case you hadn’t guessed, is the counter-part to Sometimes I Just Like to Do Nothing!

So can you figure out who said what first? Is she answering him? Or is he responding to what she said? Hih hih hih….(You’ll notice neither of them have plastic water bottles with them – there are secret springs under the palm trees….)

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Oh – and here are what the fishies are saying…

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Blocked! Painting #44

Artists for A Pristine PlanetBlocked! Painting #44. Ever felt as if you had every idea in the world – but they were just outside your grasp?

Agh! What to do!?!

They call it writer’s block, artist’s block…whatever. Good thing I have tapping…(http://EFTBooks.com)! I always just go for a walk and that seems to get me back in the groove again….

ORIGINAL: Have some fun! This would make a good joke-gift for that friend who is a writer or artist…. Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting: email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

PRINTS & GICLEES: And if you miss getting the 9″ x 12″ original acrylic on canvas painting of Blocked, get a fantastic, high-quality print of it here http://bit.ly/Blocked.

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“Floating Islands” of Garbage in Our Oceans: Project Kaisei

Artists for A Pristine PlanetFloating islands of garbage would be the easiest to remove from our oceans. But instead, we’re dealing with tons of tiny plastic pieces, mostly floating just below the surface.

Project Kaisei, one of the expeditions to research and clean the Pacific Patch, was supported by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Brita.

Project Kaisei consisted of a team of ocean lovers, scientists, sailors and environmentalists who came together to study how to capture the plastic waste and also how to detoxify and recylce it into fuel.

The team used unmanned aircraft and robotic surface explorers to explore the trash vortex, measuring height and depth; and collected up to 40 tons of garbage for testing, using patented catch methods to remove the debris. A second project is set to start 18 months after the Project Kaisei mission.

The Scripps Institution also contributed to the SEAPLEX expedition: Scripps researchers spent 19 days on the ocean in 2009 researching the Patch. They were also looking at the impact of plastic mesoplegaic fish, like laternfish. They used a oceanographic research vessel, 170 ft long and aptly named New Horizon.

The Kaisei project was jointly funded by Mary Cowley, who has been sailing most of her life and ran a yacht catering business for many years.

Recently she has undertaken the collosal challenge of studying and cleaning the great Garbage Patch. Her aim is to help further scientific study of the effect plastic has on life, (marine and human) as well as to collect plastic debris and set up a recycling project.

Stay tuned to hear about another Garbage Patch project in a couple of days….

Image: Garbage Patch http://treehugger.com

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http://www.oceanconservancy.org
http://www.wikipedia.org
http://sio.ucsd.edu
http://www.csmonitor.com/

Where do plastic bottles go when they die?

Artists for A Pristine PlanetEver asked yourself where do plastic bottles go?

Sadly, most of the our discarded plastic products (bottles, bags, etc) end up in Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

It takes a 2 liter Coke bottle approximately 2 weeks to travel from San Francisco to the Pacific Gyre.

By the time it reaches its destination it will be a “photodegradable” mess. Instead of biodegrading, the sun will weaken the plastic, making it very brittle.

It breaks down into tiny pieces of plastic; and this is the reason why some institutions feel it is impossible to ever clean the Garbage Patch up.

In the next couple of posts this week, I’ll tell you about some of the great projects people have done so far to help. Stay tuned! I invite you to click on the RSS button to the right and get the posts right in your browswer.

Sometimes I Just Like to Do Nothing, Painting #43

Artists for A Pristine PlanetSOLD. Sometimes I Just Like to Do Nothing, Painting #43.

Yup, it’s Friday and this is what I’ll be doing this weekend! Today when I woke up I was totally kaput – exhausted – wiped out. So I took about three naps and just allowed myself to do nothing – sometimes you just have to allow that.

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Here’s what the fishies are saying…

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Red Sings the Blues, Painting #42

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Red Sings the Blues, Painting #43. Sometimes you just gotta whine and let it all out. That’s not to say you have to be meek and mild! Let ‘er rip! I’ve always loved watching/feeling musicians.

I believe a musician’s job on the planet is to make sound tangible in our hearts and color visible.

Looks great framed, doesn’t it? The original does NOT come framed – this is only so you can see how classy it will look once you do frame it!

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

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My Friend, Painting #41

Artists for A Pristine PlanetMy Friend, Painting #41.

Ever have a friend who got himself into trouble you just can’t help him out of?

Sometimes it’s just too late. But wait…maybe not…if I can just put in a good word, maybe he isn’t chewed so thoroughly badly and Bear will let him go….

I like how the sunset lights him up with peachy tones…and how the ripples in the snow light up, too, just like ripples on sand.

ORIGINAL:
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And here’s a Journal of My Friend you might like:
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