Posts Tagged ‘long view’

“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


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:


How Do You Choose A Water Filter?

Filtering water at home is cheaper and safer than depending on bottled water. Indeed, as much as 40 percent of bottled water is purified tap water.

Choosing a water filter can seem like a daunting process, but it does not have to be.

Download or read the Water Filtration Guide online for help in choosing the best filter for your home.

The first step is to find out what is in your water.

For this, contact your local utility and request a copy of the Annual Water Quality Report, also called the Consumer Confidence Report. Every utility is required by law to provide this and usually includes it with a monthly bill.

This report will give you information about any contaminant violations in your water system and to help you figure out what type of filtration system is best for your home. EPA posts many of these results on its website.

Painting #3: Afternoon Cedars

Artists for A Pristine PlanetTITLE: Afternoon Cedars: I believe this image was taken in Carmel, California, but am not sure – people send me images they like and don’t tell me where they are!

Although I am usually a globby painter, this one is fairly smooth, esp. since it is painted on archival (long-lasting) board.

This was a really challenging image because there is so much sky, and the mountains so low and soft.

Usually I bring the eye up from the left side of the painting and over the top by using a hill or mountain on the left that moves upwards. But this time I had to do it using a slightly darker shade of blue for the upper left-nad part of the sky since the mountains were so flat.

This painting was done in acrylics on archival (long-lasting without yellowing or pitting) paper board, so it has a very smooth surface – no canvas texture. It’s mounted on wooden stretchers for increased support and rigidity.

You can get this original painting for just $100 by emailing me at Lyon (at) with ‘APP Two Heads’ in the subject line. First one to email me gets it. I’ll email you back letting you know what to do next!

You can get a print of it HERE starting at $104 if you miss getting the original.

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