Posts Tagged ‘beaches’

Painting #10: Ko’Olina Afternoon

Artists for A Pristine PlanetKo’Olina Afternoon. Painting #10.

This is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on Oahu – easy to see why.

I wanted to do this view because I had never painted palm trees before, and it scared me to death. Came out OK, methinks.

To get this original 9″ x 12″ painting, just email me at: Lyon at $100 plus S&H.

You can get a mousey-pad of it here:

And if you miss getting the original, you can get beautiful prints on either paper or canvas, framed or unframed, (starting at $104) here


Painting #6: Puerto Vallarta Umbrella

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Puerto Vallarta Umbrell: Painting #6

This is kind of an odd bird – I almost threw out the photo I used for reference for this piece as I went through my photogrpahs after I got home from Mexico because it was so fuzzy.

But after looking at it more, I decided it was kind of neat and thought I’d paint it, instead.

I love how the pinkish ‘auras’ around the people get kind of shmooshed into the layers of the sunset – that was how they really looked.

It had been a very hot, dusty day, and there was no breeze. Everyone and his left brother was on the beach, trying to cool down, waiting for the evening breeze, enjoying each others’ company as the sun slipped into the rosy sea.

Get the 9″ x 12″ original:
Just email Lyon at and request it! $100 plus S&H.

Get a print here: starting at $104.


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?

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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….)

PRINTS & GICLEES: And if you miss getting the original of Sometimes I Just Like to Do YOU!, get a fantastic, high-quality print of it here

MOUSEY PADS: You can also get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad here:

PILLOWS: You can also get a fun, beautiful, comfy Throw Pillow here:

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…(! 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 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

MOUSEY PADS: You can also get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad here: It’ll remind you that you really do have it good!


“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


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?


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.

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:

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:

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:


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

Don’t have room for a painting or print? I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of it here:


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: and, as well as articles published by Claire Le Guern Lytle and David Barnes. Thanks to Cheryl for her help.


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


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 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:

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:

Here’s more of her story:

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:

You can get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad of The Future is A Mystery here:


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

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 #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) 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

You can get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad of it here:


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