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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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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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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

26 Out of 100….Update 08.10.10

I didn’t know, stepping into this project, how very much work it would be. I thought oh, paint a new painting each day and post it to FB, big deal. To say the least, it’s been educational and elevating all the same.

As I keep researching about plastic in our oceans, I’m finding out some pretty shocking facts about our rampant consumerism.

FOR EXAMPLE: we the people of the USA throw away 85 MILLION plastic drinking water bottles – every DAY!

Ouch. I can’t even imagine that many things, much less that many every day, and much less throwing them out. Where do they all go? What happens to them? (Want to know? Watch the cool video called the Story of Water at storyofstuff.org.)

5 SOLD ALREADY!
Out of the 22 created, I’ve sold 25% of the paintings already (Woohoo! Even one to my brother!), and have been able to make some nice donations to my favorite action-taker company, The Story of Stuff, which produces the most interesting, engaging and entertaining videos that help people find out what’s going on.

At first when I thought this project up,

Painting #26: Raven Holds Me When I Weep

Artists for A Pristine PlanetPainting #26: TITLE: Raven Holds Me When I Weep

This image as a take-off from a painting I did in the late 90s.

I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, living in my car with my dog (in the dead of winter at 7000 feet).

I was freezing my patooties off, and yet I had this dream where, no matter how miserable I felt, how broke I was, how cold I was, Raven was there to hold and comfort me.

And not only that, but the love Raven had for me radiated out and out and out into the entire cosmos. I had this dream many times that winter, even after I had found a studio to live in. I felt very blessed.

Want the original of Raven Holds Me When I Weep?

Get your original: Email me at Lyon(at)AngelaTreatLyon.com with APP RAVEN in the subject line to get this one.

And if you miss getting the original, get a giclee print (a giclee 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/Raven-Holds-Me.

You can get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad of Raven Holds Me When I Weep here: http://bit.ly/Raven-Holds-Me-MP.

Painting #25: Rosey Lover

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SOLD. Painting #25: TITLE: Rosey Lover. Someone sent me an image of this rose…only it was lavender. I decided that rose, magenta and reds were better suited to this beautiful spirally shape. Roses always remind me of lovers.

Today I had such a nice surprise. I was talking with the help guy at Message Broadcaster ( at http://bit.ly/message-broadcaster ) – he saw what I was doing and said he’d sponsor the 100-days 100-paintings with 100 days of messages! My first Official Sponsor! Very cool. Thank you!

And if you miss getting the original, get a giclee print (a giclee 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/Rosey-Lover-Prints.

Looking for great gifts? I invite you to get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad of it here: http://bit.ly/Rosey-Lover-MP.

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Painting #24: Body Surfing with My Buddies

Painting #24: TITLE: Body Surfing with My Buddies.

Last night a friend and I sat in his studio looking at hundreds of paintings, fantastic sci-fi computer art and highly stylized cartoons by other artists.

It was like I’d been hit with a huge high-amp jolt – I suddenly realized that I’d been being way too serious!

So I asked myself what I’d like to do today – oh yeah! Body surf!

OK then – here we go – and remember to look down to see who you’re surfing with!

Want the original of this one?

Here’s how you get your original of Body Surf: Email me at Lyon(at)AngelaTreatLyon.com with APP Body Surf in the subject line to get this one.

And if you miss getting
the original, get a gicl´e print (a gicl´e 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/Body-Surf-Prints.

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

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