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Sunset Through the Leaves

Artists for A Pristine PlanetSunset Through the Leaves

When the setting sun hits my garden wall just right, the leaves all light up from behind just like organic jewels.

This view is right outside of my office, so I get to see it every single afternoon as I sit here and work!

Lucky me!

The original is SOLD! Thank you!

When you get these original paintings, you help me support the cleanup of the nasty plastic drinking water bottle trash we’ve created on the planet.

Because out of each piece I sell, I donate to an organization that helps research the problem and how to best approach it and where, or do the actual cleanup needed.

Thanks!

You can get a mousey-pad of it here:
http://bit.ly/sunset-leaves-MP
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And since you missed getting the original, I invite you to get a print (on paper or canvas) starting at $104: PrintsbyLyon.com.

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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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Painting #23: Outrigger

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Painting #23: TITLE: Outrigger.

This is a take-off from an old Hawaiian poster I’ve had for years.

Back in the days before lead was banned from paint, they had this great color called Hookers Green. You can’t get it anymore, and it’s a crying shame.

I wanted to see if I could do a piece almost entirely in greens, and if I could get the feel that the older paintings had. I rather like it.

Because this image reminds me of a little tiny town called Ka’a’awa here on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. The way you say it goes like this: KAH ah AH vah, with distinct breaks between the segments.

Want the original of this one? Here’s how you get your original of Outrigger: Email me at Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com with APP Outrigger in the subject line.

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

And if you miss getting the original, 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/Outrigger-Prints.

Painting #22: Prickly Friends

Artists for A Pristine PlanetToday as I was out in my front garden looking at the variety of cacti we have there, I was thinking how absolutely precious water is.

When I lived in New Mexico, I remember how one rain could make the golden desert turn into a fariyland of gem-greend speckled with little desert flowers.

Water is precious, indeed.

Want the original of this one?

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

You can get a gorgeous, gem colored  mousey-pad of it! Cactus lovers! Celebrate cacti!: http://bit.ly/Prickly-Friends-MP.

And if you miss getting the original, 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/Prickly-Friends-Prints.

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Painting #21: In My Dreams

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SOLD. Painting #21: TITLE: In My Dreams.

This is Evening Star. She belongs to someone I know, and when he took her down the east coast on one of the Atlantic yacht races, boy did I drool with envy! One day…in my dreams!

The original is SOLD! Thank you!

Did you miss getting the original?

Get a giclée print (a giclée is a high-quality print on canvas – you almost can’t tell the difference between it and the original) here: http://bit.ly/In-My-Dreams-Prints.

Get a mousey-pad of it here: http://bit.ly/In-My-Dreams-MP.

This would make a really beautiful card or poster for your yachtie friends – or to add to your Treasure Map….

Painting #20: Blue Moon Dreams

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SOLD. Painting #20: TITLE: Blue Moon Dreams. I found the photo that inspired this image in a tiny clipping in a newspaper about 3 years ago that I kept hanging onto because I just loved her face – so serene and soft. It reminds me of seeing really good hula dancers in the thrall of the dance – their hands vibrate and you can see they’re in a whole nother place.

You can get a mousey-pad of Blue Moon Dreams here:
http://bit.ly/Blue-Moon-Dreams-MP.

Did you miss getting the original? Get a giclée print (a giclée is a high-quality print on canvas – you almost can’t tell the difference between it and the original) here http://bit.ly/Blue-Moon-Dreams-Prints. The image you see here is a bit darker than the actual painting.

Why Not Drink Bottled Water?

What can you do to help with the plastic water bottle mess??

Here’s one simple alternative to bottled water: buy a stainless steel thermos, and use it. Over and over and over. I save myself over $2000 dollars a year by choosing to do that. I also buy drinks in glass bottles that I like and want to reuse – sometimes just throwing the drink out!
Don’t like the way your local tap water tastes? Inexpensive carbon filters will turn most tap water sparkling fresh at a fraction of bottled water’s cost.
Consider taking Food and Water Watch’s No Bottled Water Pledge. Conserve water wherever possible, and stay on top of local water issues.
Want to know more? Start with the Sierra Club’s fact sheet on bottled water.

You Can Help

Today I was looking again at the figures about how many water bottles we throw away every day. Millions upon millions.

How about this one: Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour!

And here’s another one: Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.

Check out more stats at Recycling-Revolution.com. You’ll be amazed and inspired.

What would happen if we sat down and dreamed up uses for all that plastic?

The other day I was in the art supply store and saw a rack where ball-point pens were being displayed with a water bottle. I’m thinking, “Hm, what’s that bottle doing there?”

I looked closer, and they were pens made out of plastic water bottles! Yeeha! And they were refillable, too! Way to go! Here’s another company who makes all kinds of recycled pens – from paper as well: ecofriendlypens.com

And what if we bought reusable water bottles? Here’s a bunch of them, and I believe the least expensive was about 6 or 7 bucks.

Painting #18: San Blas Sunrise

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SOLD. When I got back from Mexico a few years ago, I had a whole lot of images of the beach that I tweaked into varying shapes and colors – like this one.

It’s funny, because I really didn’t enjoy that beach – there were sharp, pointy shells in the sand so you couldn’t even go barefoot, and the water was dirty and so shallow for such a long way out that it wasn’t worth going swimming.

But it sure had some spectacular shallows! This was a hard one to do without it just looking like a swash of color – I used a pretty small brush and worked from the bottom up to get the soft blends.

There’s a no-no in painting called “licking” – it’s when you paint a daub and then smoosh it around and blend it into other colors. The puritsts say to make a stroke and leave it.

Well, it was sure tempting to lick this piece to bits – but I didn’t! There isn’t a single smoosh in it. It was all done with little daub after little daub. As my Texan friend would say, you have to mix the paint right careful to do that.

If you miss getting the original, you can get a really excellent print of this image starting at $104.00: http://bit.ly/san-blas-sunrise-Prints

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others): http://bit.ly/San-Blas-Sunrise-MP

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Eighty Five MILLION Plastic Bottles are Thrown Away Every Day….

Eighty-five million plastic bottles are thrown away a day…

There are two parts to the problem of bottled water: the water, and the bottle.

In the intro to Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (2010), Peter Gleick writes, “every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy and open up a plastic bottle of commercially produced water, and every second of every day in the United States, a thousand.

“More than thirty billion bottles a year thrown away, at a cost to consumers of tens of billions of dollars.” Read the rest of this article here: http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/what-you-can-do/make-producers-take-responsibility/

Image: © Story of Stuff 2010


Painting #17: Mellow Morning

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SOLD. Painting #17: TITLE: Mellow Morning. Some mornings here are so sweet – I love walking on the wet sand, seeing how impermanent my path upon the earth is – even compared to the real impact I and my doings might have. I think about how I could easily be an isolated artist, hiding in my studio – I did for years, you know! But I believe now that it’s more important to get out and speak up for what you’re passionate about.

Times have changed radically, and because of increased communications and technology, we have opportunites to create and amazing options we never had before. It’s time to creep out of that hidey hole and take your passion for a walk – a long, beautiful one!

Boy did I have a hard time getting the right blues in this online image – it just won’t translate all the way how rich those blues are. Ah well. Frustrating.

The original is SOLD! Thank you!

If you missed getting the original, you can get a print of this image starting at $104.00: http://bit.ly/Mellow-prints

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others, as well): http://bit.ly/Mellow-MP

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