Posts Tagged ‘oceans’

My Thoughts Fly Far Beyond Me: Painting #37

Artists for A Pristine PlanetMy Thoughts Fly Far Beyond Me: Painting #37. I did a painting a long time ago that I like so much I won’t sell it. Its title is “My Thoughts Go Out Far Beyond Me,” and as you can guess, was the inspiration for this one.

My thinking is this: if we truly are One, there’s only One of us here, and what I think goes out to infinity and back again, and affects your reality just as much as mine. After all, if we really are One, you are me and I am you and we are all together! Sound familiar?

This was a fast painting because I have a meeting I have to go to tonight and I didn’t want to have to finish it and upload it after I got home. What a challenge to paint so fast – my I-need-to-get-it-perfecter bell was clanging away –

Want the original of My Thoughts Fly Far Beyond Me? Just email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and request it!

If you miss getting the original, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of My Thoughts Fly Far Beyond Me here http://bit.ly/My-Thoughts-Fly-Prints.

Don’t have room for a painting or print? The holidays are coming – I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of it here: http://bit.ly/My-Thoughts-Fly-MP.

And I liked this one, too, so much that I made a throw pillow out of it – this would be a great pillow for coaches and therapists, just as Learning to Love Myself is. Here’s where to get one: http://bit.ly/My-Thoughts-Fly-Pillow

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I Missed You, Painting #38

Artists for A Pristine PlanetI Missed You, Painting #38.

I recently saw a photo of a polar bear playing with some huskies at a winter camp.

It was so cool to see how the dogs allowed Big Bear to play gently with them.

It made me think of how we could do the same with our Inner Bears and Tigers and Lions – welcome them, hug them and make them feel at home.

Maybe that way they’d feel more appreciated, and come out only when appropriate, instead of leaking out at times when they really ought to stay in the background.

Once a well-known ‘spiritual guru’ told me that ‘we only have 3 spirit guides,” and I watched as the legions of angels I was accustomed to having with me disappeared.

The Head Angel came to me and said, “Angela, why do you allow him to create your reality for you? We’ll be here as long as you live and beyond. Ask us to come back, and we will.” I did, and they did. Fooey on people who try to tell me what kind and how many guides I have!

Want the original of I Missed You? You can get the original: just send an email to Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

Artists for A Pristine PlanetIf you miss getting the original, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of I Missed You here http://bit.ly/I-Missed-You

Don’t have room for a painting or print? The holidays are coming – I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of I Missed You here: http://bit.ly/I-Missed-You-MP.

And I liked this one so much I made a throw pillow out of I Missed You – this would be a great pillow for clients of coaches and therapists! Here’s where to get one: http://bit.ly/I-Missed-You-Pillow.

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Tall Poppy Syndrome: Painting #60!

Artists for A Pristine PlanetTall Poppy Syndrome: Painting #60!

Now this may be one of my biggest Pet Peeves: being cut down for individuality or excellence in order to maintain the societal or cultural status quo.

Here in the US, we are constantly admonished to excel, be yourself, live your dream – yet many times when we do, we are cut down, scolded, shamed, embarrassed for sticking out, and in general whittled down “to size.”

I first heard the expression, tall poppy syndrome when I was in New Zealand.

I heard someone talking about how an Olympic athlete had won a silver medal – good for her country and all – and then she criticized the winner for how she comported herself during the ceremony. Rah, rah, our country (whatever country it might be), we got the silver – but then cut down the winner? Wow. Pretty nasty!

But don’t we see instances of that everywhere?

Girls trying to look dumb in junior high so the boys will like them because they’re not smarter than the boys are – people laughing when they see gurus of any kind blowing it – why do we feel we have to do that?

How about where you live?

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….)

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 http://bit.ly/Do-YOU-Prints.

MOUSEY PADS: You can also get a gorgeous, gem colored mousey-pad here:
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PILLOWS: You can also get a fun, beautiful, comfy Throw Pillow here:
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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.

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?

SO, SO WRONG! OOPS!

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.

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.

If you missed getting the original, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of Adoring My Dream here:
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Don’t have room for a painting or
print? The holidays are coming – I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad (14.95) of Adoring My Dream here:
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And I liked this one so much (again!) that I made a throw pillow out of it – this would be a great pillow for coaches and therapists! Get one (24.95) here:
http://bit.ly/Adoring-My-Dream-Pillow.

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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:

http://bit.ly/I-Love-All-of-Me-Prints.

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: http://bit.ly/I-Love-All-of-Me-MP.

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: http://bit.ly/I-Love-All-of-Me-Pillow

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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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I Will Keep You Safe Always, Painting #34

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Painting #34: TITLE: I Will Keep You Safe Always. This is a Dream I had recently. The goose was (of course) the Golden Egg Goose, and it came to me for protection. I took it up in my arms – no small feat, since it was enormous – bigger than me! – and it shrank itself nicely to fit comfortably. I asked it if that meant that the Golden Egg would shrink, too, and it just had a good belly laugh.

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

Artists for A Pristine PlanetAND – check this out! – I like this one so much I made a throw pillow out of it – see it here: http://bit.ly/Safe-Always-Pillow

If you miss getting the orginal, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of I Will Keep You Safe Always here: http://bit.ly/Safe-Always-Prints

Don’t have room for a painting or print? I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of I Will Keep You Safe Always here for $14.99: http://bit.ly/Safe-Always-MP

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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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