Archive for the ‘Oceans’ Category

Painting #5: 5 p.m. Canoe Club

Artist for A Pristine PlanetHere in Hawaii, the afternoon is sweet as sugar.

The clouds gather over the mountains and sweep towards the beach, and if it rains it doesn’t last long.

Near where I live, this is what it looks like when the canoe club gathers to practice every day. When I go down to the beach it’s just like getting a shot of pure Life – I always come home re-energized.

This painting was done in acrylics on 9″ x 12″ canvas. The original does not have the watermarked words on it!

Here’s how you can get the original of the painting: just send an email to Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

If you miss getting the original, you can get a print of this image HERE starting at $104.00. You can get prints on paper, giclées – framed or unframed – and beautiful thick, glossy, richly color-imbued greeting cards.

Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Painting #62

Artists for A Pristine PlanetFlying by the Seat of My Pants: Painting #62! Are you one of those people who counts on inspiration and intuition to get you to the core of what you’re doing?

Even in big projects, do you even sometimes ditch those careful plans and fly by the seat of your pants? And what keeps you sane and on track is knowing the value you’re providing for others through what you’re doing? The more you use your intuition the more it makes itself available to you?

Artists for A Pristine PlanetYes! Me, too. Every day.

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The Village and the Sea – A New Agreement? Painting #47

Artists for A Pristine PlanetThe Village and the Sea – A New Agreement? Painting #47.

Chagall was an amazing painter. I always liked his stained-glass-like colors, but until I tried actually painting like him, I never realized how masterful he was.

In his original painting (posted below), called “the Village and I”, he uses various devices to pull you in and literally guide your eye as he wants you to see the story.

My guiding lines are more blatant than his, but that’s OK. It still works. You can see the sacred spiral that starts at the top right with the village.

Under that, you’ll see what looks like the grim reaper and a women holding something.

I never saw it before, but she’s holding a line like a string that goes from the fish’s eye to the human’s and then to herself.

In Chagall’s version, the string is attached to a cow, perhaps signifying the village’s interdependence with the animals and other critters the village ate and produced, and the animals who depended on the humans to keep safe from wild animals and weather.

Artists for A Pristine PlanetHe has a farmer stepping over that line, going out to the fields to reap the harvest. In my version, I wanted it to look like the Reaper will cut that connecting line if we don’t make an agreement soon, and take action to keep the seas safe.

Now you follow that spiral line down to the fish – the Spokes-Fish for the seas? – with the red moon under it – bloody with the death of the ocean creatures? Red for rebirth? The red crescent moon for wild, powerful women who are taking action now more than ever to help the planet? Maybe all three….

Now you get to the human, whose mouth is within the inner circle with the fish’s – communication? Their eyes are certainly targeted on each other’s. Then the posey and the background red of life-beginnings, regeneration, life.

The human is green, which I don’t have to say much about, since green seems to be such a buzz-word now; and is offering a posey – hopefully a peace offering and sign of intention for husbandry. It’s within a special triangular shape, perhaps a wedge opening a new space for future possibilities with the inner circle.

I really liked it that Chagall added such whimsical touches as the necklaces and the rick-rack design on the hat, as well as the odd configuration of the human’s eyeball – almost looks like an old rotary phone. Hard to believe that his painting was done almost exactly 100 years ago!

Want the original of this one? Email me to get the 9″ x 12″ original painting of The Village and the Sea: email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

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Misty Pali Lookout: Painting #69!

Artists for A Pristine PlanetSOLD. Misty Pali Lookout: Painting #69! If you don’t have any occasion to drive from Honolulu to Kailua over the Pali Highway, this painting won’t mean much except a bunch of light colors. But for those of us who see the view on a regular basis know that it’s ever-changing, from misty to stormy to brilliant light to foreboding and dark.

Artists for A Pristine PlanetThis day when I caught it it was misty at the lookout, and emerging through the mist was a calm, reflective ocean. When I was out of the country I’d have loved to have had this image to remind me of home every day!

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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.

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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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“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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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