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Features April 18 2013. Earth Day series - Part II. Water

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

 

Earth Day 2013 series

continued from Part I – Skies

April is not only the month in which Earth Day falls; but it is also “Water Awareness Month”. 1 Women Painters group has a way of being in sync with events in the art world, as well as international concerns. Here we go again.

In this Part II of a series exploring the status of our planet, we shall look at Oceans, Rivers, and Streams— their state of health; and what we can do to conserve them for future generations. Madalena Lobao-Tello, wrote a companion piece on Water and Art, on April 14, highlighting how only 1% of the planet’s water is suitable for human consumption, and featuring more fine art of water, from Women Painters.

Part II. Water

 

Introduction

Water and life are linked. Without water on our planet, the only result is death for any organic thing: plants, animals, sea life, people.

The planet has an ECOSYSTEM, which not only depends on water for life, but which regulates the quality and quantity of our water. For instance, the wetlands gradually release water during hot, dry periods; yet retain water during very wet periods of rain. Forests “recharge” groundwater, later used for irrigation or drinking. Our ecosystem:

  1. helps prevent floods,
  2. regulates air quality and climate,
  3. treats waste naturally,
  4. naturally controls pests and pollination;
  5. provides nurseries and refuge for migratory birds, animals, fish, and humans;
  6. provides shelter, food, fuel, medicines, fertilizer;
  7. provides places for solace, relaxation, and enjoyment. 2

Water and Life inextricably linked – art history


The Sea at Katwijk
Jan Toorop, Dutch
Oil on canvas, 1887
96 × 86 cm.

Northeaster
Winslow Homer, American
Oil on canvas, 1895
127 × 87.6 cm.

Christ on the Lake of Gennezaret
Eugend Delacroix, French
Oil on canvas, 1854

click any artwork for a larger view

 

Part II of our continuing article on the status of our planet, focuses on the state of these ecosystems, a review of the problems we are facing in the next decade, if water efficiencies are not controlled, and some ways that you can do your part to help.

You may be under the impression that the total story of water and ecosystem ills is linked to the story of pollution. But that is not the case. In fact, the current level of inefficiencies of water management and waste will cause a food crisis, as soon as the next decade, according the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

This is because farmers will need to feed millions more people, yet will have reduced supply of irrigation water, at a greater cost. A 40% increase in demand for water is expected over the period of the next two decades. Yet, growth in irrigation supply is expected to be only 4% over the same time period. Based on the current global model and trends, the IFPRI predicts a looming, severe water crisis, which will in turn trigger a food crisis. 3

Man and the Sea – art history


Nebelwarnung (The Fog Warning)
Windslow Homer, American, 1885
122 × 76 cm.

After the Hunt
Windslow Homer, American, 1892

Bulls in the Sea
Joaquín Sorolla, Spanish
Oil on canvas, 1903

click any artwork for a larger view

 

Primary Problems

Over-pumping. According to IFPRI, a number of basins and countries are pumping groundwater at a rate exceeding that of natural recharge (from forests and ecosystems). Their list includes the Rio Grande and Colorado River Basins in the western United States (#1 on the endangered rivers list), the Yellow and Haihe River Basins in northern China, and several river basins in Egypt, North Africa, northern and western India, and West Asia. 3, 4 Australia, also, is considered a “high-risk area” for water deficiency. 5

Loss of Wetlands. It has been estimated that, during the twentieth century, more than half the world’s wetlands were lost. 2 The wetlands are a critical part of the ecosystem that support life as we know it, by storing and recycling water and absorbing carbon gases.

Irrigated agriculture. Agriculture accounts for approximately 80 percent of global and 86 percent of developing country water consumption. The economies and management of irrigation are inefficient and stress the natural systems. 4

Pollution. Coupled with the inefficient economies of scale of current water management systems, rivers, streams, and oceans are faced with pollution. Eighty percent of pollution is said to be from land-based activities. 6 Sources include:

  • waste over the last 60 years,
  • agricultural pollution,
  • run-off,
  • mercury,
  • plastics, and
  • oil spills.

 

Hints of things to come? – art history


The Gray Sea
Georges Lacombe, French, 1896

The Sea of Ice
Caspar David Friedrich, German
Oil on canvas, 1824
126.9 × 96.7 cm.

Sea at Ibiza
Joaquín Sorolla, Spanish
Oil on canvas, 1904

click any artwork for a larger view

 

The EPA found that 55% of U.S. rivers and streams are polluted. 7 The UK has been found to have “damaged and degradation” of their seas. 7, 8 Dredging contributes much of the waste dumped into the ocean, adding up to several million tons of material dumped each year. 9 NOAA reports that more than one third of the United States shellfish growing waters are affected by pollution. 10

Effects of plastics and PCB’s. When skimming for plankton, Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation reported more plastic than plankton. He offers no hope of cleaning up plastic. He says the solution is to stop it at its source. 9B The Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, each have a “Garbage Patch”, full of non-bio-degradable plastic bottles, caps, bags, food and other wrappers. 11, 12, 13

The ocean’s food pyramid goes from plankton to dolphins and whales, and they concentrate at the top of the food chain, according to Stephen Palumbi, Marine Biologist, who follows the PCB and mercury trail in the ocean. 60-80% of the first-born to mother dolphins, ingesting PCB’s, die; because the dolphin’s have a huge load of PCB that is passed in the mother’s milk to their first born. 9A

Ocean chemistry. Red tides are blooms of toxic algae. Blooms of viruses (including cholera) and bacteria sometimes overflow onto the beaches. This bacteria can infect skin. Shellfish poisoning can also result from these toxic blooms. 9A, 14

Ocean chemistry is being altered on a scale not seen in millions of years, due to Ocean Acidification. Retired high school teacher, Sven Huseby, created a documentary of how the oceans are becoming more acidic because they’ve absorbed much of the carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere; and what this means for the future. The movie, A Sea Change, is anchored in the connection between Huseby and his grandson, and is the winner of multiple awards. 15

Ocean surface temperature. In research published in 2010 by the journal, Nature, scientists found a strong link between higher sea-surface temperatures and a major decline over the past century in marine algae, or phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are microscopic plants which generate about half of all organic matter on the planet. This matters, because organic matter is the building block of life. 16 National Geographic has published a list of marine invertebrates and plants which are Endangered Species. 17

Oil spills. Catastrophic oil spills get huge media coverage, and cost billions to clean up. 18 Although they have a negative impact on the environment, they are not the single biggest polluter of the oceans. Agriculture, industry, and man’s throw away plastics cast a wider and more subversive net.

 

What is being Done

Verified Carbon Standard. Founded in 2005 by The Climate Group, IETA, and the World Economic Forum, VCS is a greenhouse gas accounting standard, used by projects around the globe to verify and issue carbon credits in voluntary markets. What this means is that when a program makes a claim to offer to offset carbon (for example by planting x number of trees or planting sea grass) that their claim is verified. In 2011 they opened an office in South America, with Fundación Chile. VCS relies on expert committees, and founded the REDD methodologies, to reduce emissions from deforestation, and specifically deforestation caused by extraction of wood for fuel. 19

National Geographic Society’s “Pristine Seas” program. The program focuses on ocean habitats and developing ways to enhance natural methods to offset greenhouse gas emissions in the ocean. 20 Eric Sala, National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence, teamed up with international colleagues to publish a scientific paper showing “marine reserves” as effective tools, not only for protecting biodiversity; but also for providing economic benefits to local fisheries, tourism, and maintenance of ecosystems. 21

Blue Carbon. “Blue Carbon” is a term used for the large quantities of carbon stored in plants and sediments, in the natural seagrasses, tidal salt marshes, and mangroves. Their capacity as carbon sinks, however, is lost with dredging and boating.

Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation, said “coastal seagrass beds store up to 83,000 metric tons of carbon per square kilometer, in the plants and in the soil below them”. This puts them ahead of forests in carbon storage per square kilometer. They can also protect mollusks, coral reefs, and other calcifying organisms from the extreme effects of ocean acidification. 22

The Inheritance – art history


Sea Lions, Farallon Islands
Albert Bierstadt, German-American, ca. 1878
48.9 × 34.29 cm.

Hudson River
Winslow Homer, American, 1892

The Rock in the Sea
Louis Valtat, French, ca. 1909

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Sustainable Water. The IFPRI in a report, explores three alternatives for the future of water. They title the three scenarios, “Business as usual”, “Water crisis”, and “Sustainable water”. The “Sustainable Water Scenario” has higher funding and better water management for river basin organizations, plus more effective use of rainfall in farming production. 3

The water management solution, proposed by IFPRI, is based on a change to “precision agriculture”, contour plowing, precision land leveling, minimum and no-till technology, stricter regulations, and a two-times price increase to consumers. This scenario will improve the domestic water supply through universal access to piped water for rural and urban households.

A price increase is considered necessary for the sustainable water scenario. Effective, sustainable water management methods will require it, because demand already outstrips available, low-cost supply.

Reverse Osmosis Desalination. There is an emerging technique of membrane desalination through reverse osmosis. “Membrane desalination” offers significant cost advantages over traditional desalination techniques. It also produces a high quality of processed water, according to IDE Technologies. 23

 

Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean
a National Geographic list
24

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
3. Use Fewer Plastic Products
4. Help Take Care of the Beach
5. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
8. Influence Change in Your Community
9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly
10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

    More Ideas

  1. Sustainable Seafood 25
  2. Ideas for educating young people on the effects of pollution on rivers and streams 26
  3. Retrofit kit program 27 Call your city to see if they have a similar program.
  4. 100 Ways to conserve on water 28

 

Awe-inspired Water – art history


The Shore of the Turquoise Sea
Albert Bierstadt, German-American
Oil on canvas, 1878
163.8 × 108 cm.

Niagra Falls
Frederic Church, American
Oil on canvas, 1857
229.9 × 106.5 cm

The “Fighting Temeraire”
William Turner, English
Oil on canvas, ca. 1839
121.9 × 90.8 cm.

click any artwork for a larger view

 

Footnotes and References:

1 April, water awareness month
2 Elroy Bos and Ger Bergkamp, Overcoming Water Scarcity and Quality Constraints, brief in the 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment, Washington, D.C. Oct. 2001 (IFPRI)
3 International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). PDF file: Global Water Outlook to 2025. Averting an Impending Crisis
4 IFPRI PDF file: World Water and Food to 2025
5 Australian Water Conservation
6 World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Marine problems: Pollution
7 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – EPA study finds 55% of U.S. rivers and streams polluted
8 U.K. Wildlife Trust – study: degradation and damage of U.K. seas
9 MarineBio Conservation Society – Ocean dumping. Videos
9A Ted Talk by Stephen Palumbi. View at MarineBio link, or at ted.com
9B Ted Talk by Captain Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research Foundation. View at MarineBio link, or at ted.com
10 U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pollution begins on land
11 Great Pacific Garbage Patch
12 Indian Ocean Garbage Patch
13 North Atlantic Garbage patch
14 NOAA – Harmful Algai Blooms: Simple Plants With Toxic Implications
15 Sven Huseby’s Sea of Change (preview video only)
16 Wall Street Journal – Vital Marine Plants in Steep Decline (July 29, 2010)
17 National Geographic Society list of Endangered Species – marine invertebrates and plants
18 List of oil spills – wikipedia
19 Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) – greenhouse gas accounting
20 National Geographic Society – Pristine Seas program
21 National Geographic Society – Enric Sala – marine reserves
22 Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation – Innovative Solution of Blue Carbon Helps Ocean Wildlife
23 IDE Technologies – Reverse Osmosis
24 National Geographic – 10 things you can do to save the ocean
25 Sustainable seafood
26 Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) teaching young people about the environment
27 Peoria, Arizona. Retrofit kit program
28 100 Ways to conserve on water

 
Related reading
Oil Spill Remediation
U.K. Wildlife Trust – studies on U.K. River Pollution
NASA – discovers unprecedented marine plant blooms under the ice, in the Arctic Ocean (June 2012)
NOAA – Non point source pollution
National Geographic – America’s 10 most endanger rivers
National Geographic – plastics, a hazard to ocean health
National Geographic – sustainable fishing movements
National Geographic – tidal pools photography
RiverProject.org – river pollution, brief overview
Blog – lifeofaplant
Savewater.com – Australian sustainability school curricumlum, years 7 – 10
Savewater.com – Australia’s primary industries: agriculture, horticulture, wine
Savewater.com – Australia’s dairy industry
Savewater.com – Australia’s cotton industry

 
Related organizations and sites:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Geographic
Save Water. Australia
Ocean Foundation

 
Part I – Skies

—F.A. Moore

©2013, F.A. Moore.


 

To be continued, Thursday, April 25, Part III Earth

 

Discussion

1. Regarding water pollution and water resource management, what was your impression about which was a more critical problem: resource development and management, or pollution?

  1. A. Has that opinion changed, considering the IFPRI reports, or anything else you learned in this article.
  2. B. What have you heard in your country (rumor or otherwise) about “food shortages” or “water shortages”?

2. Have you painted rivers, seas, or oceans, specifically?

  1. A. If so, what challenges do paintings in this genre present
  2. B. Can you name any painters who have inspired a technique or esprit in one or more of your own works, with a water theme or background?

3. If there was one small change that you could make toward conservation or pollution reduction, considering the possibilities in this article, what would that be?

Please do not feel that you have to answer all of these questions in order to participate.
Even if you respond to one, it would be GREAT to hear what you have to say.
Please do share!


 

Please enjoy our catalog and showcase of paintings from members. Lynda Robinson and I teamed up for this
special feature, brought to you on behalf of all hosts and members of Women Painters.

—Frannie Moore

 


 

Catalog

 


Tranquil Trawool Afternoon
by Lynda Robinson

Frosty Night at the River
by JolanteHesse

A summer’s day
by Elizabeth Kendall

South Gare Lighthouse
by Sue Nichol

SEA
by Doria Fochi

It’s Going To Be All Right…
by © Janis Zroback

Last light Okavango Swamp
by Terri Maddock

Sea moods
by Linda Ridpath

One Mile Lake, watercolor on paper mounted on board
by Sandrine Pelissier

Scotland
by Elizabeth Kendall

catching the light
by Hannah Clair Phillips

Tarlton landscape in Acrylic
by Maree Clarkson

 


Presenting paintings featuring Rivers, Streams, and Seas by Women Painters

 


Tranquil Trawool Afternoon
by Lynda Robinson

Pastel on Mi Teinte ‘Tex’ Paper (burgundy)
75 × 55 cm. approx.

 



Frosty Night at the River
by JolanteHesse

Oil on Board
40 × 65 cm.

 



A summer’s day
by Elizabeth Kendall

Acrylic. Palette knife on an x-raysheet
35 × 43 cm.

 



South Gare Lighthouse
by Sue Nichol

Oil on block canvas
80 × 80 cm.

 



SEA
by Doria Fochi

Oil painting on plaster/canvas
Middle beach, West coast of Vancouver island,
near Tofino, B.C., Canada.

 



It’s Going To Be All Right…
by © Janis Zroback

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper
stormy seas, retreating clouds, and breaking light, imagined as in a dream

 



Last light Okavango Swamp
by Terri Maddock

Oil on canvas
100 × 40 cm.

 



Sea moods
by Linda Ridpath

Acrylics on canvas
14 × 12 in.

 



One Mile Lake, watercolor on paper mounted on board
by Sandrine Pelissier

Watercolor
18 × 24 in.

 



Scotland
by Elizabeth Kendall

Oil on canvas

 



catching the light
by Hannah Clair Phillips

Pen and ink on Murano paper
Reflections of water

 



Tarlton landscape in Acrylic
by Maree Clarkson

on location in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa
Acrylic on Giverny 240gsm canvas
12 × 9 in.


F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

Congratulations, Maree Clarkson, Hannah Clair Phillips, Elizabeth Kendall (2), Sandrine Pelissier, Linda Ridpath, Terri Maddock, Janis Zroback, Doria Fochi, Sue Nichol, Jolante Hesse, and Lynda Robinson.

Superb work. Each one is unique and very special.

Maree Clarkson Maree Clarkson 3385 posts

Wow, stunning images here Fran! Thank you for including my landscape, much appreciated! and congratulations to all the other featured artists, wonderful work!!

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

They really are gorgeous, aren’t they? Yours included, Maree. Congrats!

Lynda Robinson Lynda Robinson 3154 posts

Thank you so much for slipping one of mine into this feature Frannie, but most of all, a huge round of applause for all the background work you put into the introduction which makes extremely interesting and enlightening reading.

Living in a very dry area of Australia has made me extremely conscious of the need to conserve water. Our home is served by a large rainwater tank, as we have no access to ‘mains’ water, and when it runs low due to lack of rainfall, we have to ‘buy’ water which arrives in a large water tanker. (We are about to purchase our 3rd load for the year). Our city friends have remarked upon the fact that we never leave the tap running during activities such as cleaning our teeth, and our daily shower is always pretty quick! When my boys were at home we used to have an egg-timer in the bathroom to alert them that their time under the shower was up! Water is indeed a very precious and valuable resource that many people take for granted.

Congratulations to today’s featured artists, and watch this space for next week’s “Earth Day” feature highlighting the Earth.

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

That is an enlightening story, Lynda. I really had no idea about Australia’s water depletion until researching this article. Now your story. Gosh. And if it is this way for your home, I have to wonder about the agriculture and farming situation, including the sheep farming. (And then of course the fire fighters’ supply.)

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

This Trawool painting is exquisite— the color, beautiful deep reflections, the light; everything is perfect.

Lynda Robinson Lynda Robinson 3154 posts

Australia is a land of extremes Frannie, so although this area is in a drought situation, many other areas, particularly in the north, have experienced floods! The farming community have an enormous struggle, and many of the farms around here are on irrigation systems, whereby they have to pay for their water use which is provided by ‘water rights’ purchased from the authorities that look after the river systems. (You can see why I love our Goulburn River so much – LOL)! The rivers are the arteries which keep the land alive. The Goulburn runs into the Murray River which then eventually runs through to South Australia. It is a massive system and it is extremely important that it be kept in a healthy condition. If there is drought the farmers are in trouble. We thought our recent drought was over when we had heavy rain last year, (and that drought lasted for 12 years). Apart from a couple of thunderstorms, we haven’t had any rain here for the past 6 months. We are always watching the skies with a hopeful expression on our faces, looking for rainclouds!

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

6 months? I’m aghast. This is unimaginable.

The “sustainable model” has (a plan for) piped in water to every home; because it’s actually more efficient and cost effective.
There are plenty of homes in the states that are on well water. I’m not sure that qualifies as piped in, either.

Elizabeth Kendall Elizabeth Kendall 2528 posts

What a wonderful way to start my day!! Thanks so much Frannie for including two of my works here, I appreciate it so much! Congratulations to all the other artists, this page looks beautiful!

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

I’m going to call it a night. I’m excited about our features, Lynda. We seem to have Sea, River, Lake, Swamp, and Stream represented. Congratulations on your feature too. Could not have a feature with Rivers, without yours. In fact, in this theme, there are certain painters who have to be represented, because they are known for painting water.

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

It IS a beautiful page, Elizabeth. Lynda and I each had a part in the selection of your two works. You have a great way with water, especially (I think) when you are wielding that palette knife. ;)

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

Again, we would like to remind everyone to keep Helene Ruiz, our co-host and friend, in your positive thoughts and prayers. She has been extremely ill. But recently Helene was feeling well enough to reach out to some who had contacted her. This is promising and I know you will join with us in wishing Helene a speedy and sure recovery.

Sue Nichol Sue Nichol 2767 posts

Thank you so much for my feature. The collection is stunning and I love the way you have brought in wider concerns about water and links with art history. A fascinating read and very thought provoking. Born by the sea and living on an island where it rains a lot I have a great affinity with the sea and water in general. Our country seems to lurch from one extreme to the other due to changes in global warming. We have periods of drought followed by floods and in spite of many advances in technology we seem helpless to cope.
Many artists have inspired my sea paintings but my heroes are, Turner, Dame Laura Knight and The Staithes and Newlyn School of artists and Joan Eardley.

JolanteHesse JolanteHesse 597 posts

A stunning selection of art…. and thanks so much for including my Frosty Night!

Beatrice Cloake Beatrice Cloake 9139 posts

What a wonderful article Frannie and WONDERFUL choice of paintings!!!

Huge congratulations to our host and the featured artists!!!

Linda Ridpath Linda Ridpath 585 posts

Well, how wonderful, once again to be among such good company, thanks so much for featuring my work…. I shall return! X

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

@Sue, no feature about the world’s waters would be complete without your work. The lighthouse is a great representation of one way we cope with navigating the major waterways along their coastlines. It seems almost unimaginable (I’ll use the same word as with Lynda), that an island could have actually have a drought.

Thanks for mentioning your inspirations and heroes! I will be researching some of those today to get acquainted with their work.

@Jolante, yours is among the “stunning”. Although so very dramatic, it gives me a deep sense of calm.

@Beatrice, howdy! Thank you about the article. And I’m so glad you are enjoying our features, too!

@Linda, it was great to find one of your sea paintings not yet featured, so that it could be included in this grouping and article. With this one, you have a light, airy hand.

Madalena Lobao-Tello Madalena Lobao... 6821 posts
  • Frannie
    Congratulations! Your is a well documented article with great examples!!

Once again we have an excellent gallery of features to enjoy.
Congratulations to Lynda Robinson, Jolante Hesse, Elizabeth Kendall, Sue Nichol, Doria Fochi, Janis Zroback,Terri Maddock, Linda Ridpath, Sandrine Pelissier, Elizabeth Kendall, Hannah Clair Phillips and Maree Clarkson

Linda Ridpath Linda Ridpath 585 posts

As a resident of Australia back in the late1960’s and 70’s we lived in the bush and had to catch our rainwater. We were horrified to see the tank that was used was so full of rubbish and ‘stuff’ and decaying ‘things’ that we saved lots of money to have water piped to us from the nearest point available. Its only at times such as these that we can truly appreciate how precious water is, clean water especially. Similarly while a resident in Africa, we soon became aware of the value of water, our time there was spent in drought. but as a resident of large residential area the problems were disguised as long as the water came out of the tap. Further into the countryside the dust and dying crops and withered landscape refreshed our memories. We who are lucky enough to live in the developed world have no idea of the hardship that the lack of water has on a huge amount of people in the world. So many simple things are difficult and time consuming. The extremes of our climate are harsh, and I think we have been lucky enough to live through a golden age that is now quickly disappearing. There was once, enough for all, that does not now seem to be the case. If it is not there, it is in short supply, or maybe spoiled or poisoned, or too expensive. What will the future bring? Here in England, wet, grey, drab and always changing, we have swung from drought to floods in less than 12 months. We have such a high water table here at the moment, that after a day or two of heavy rain, floods are popping up all over the place. Strange but true. A couple of years ago we had hosepipe bans. Nuts!
A few years ago I trekked up in the Himalaya in the Everest region. It was a 24 day walk and sleeping under canvas; during that time our only access to water was from rivers and a few standpipes. We were allowed 1 litre a day to wash, do teeth, hair, and wash any article of clothing. Very liberating! All drinking water had to be purified and certainly not wasted. My first shower after that long walk, was probably the best one I have ever had!
For such small and insignificant beings, we have gained the power to interfere with our planet to such an extent that we now risk loosing the beauty and diversity of our small blue rock. A huge subject to talk about and put a sensible piece together, but without our water we are finished. As a species we need to get our act together and get on with looking after our beautiful home. My paintings are something of an insight as to how i feel. I love the the seas, lakes and rivers of my planet and they give me endless pleasure painting them.

Sandrine Pelissier Sandrine Pelis... 126 posts

What a great idea to write about the historical context before presenting a selection if current works!

F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

@Linda, I could read and reread your description of life on different continents, experiences with water, and insights and thoughts, many times over. Thank you so much for contributing to the conversation.

@Sandrine, this year, we hosts have been enjoying putting some time into articles to surround, as it is, the featured works. It makes it stimulating for us, too, to be involved in the discussions that ensue around art and life. Thank you; and congratulations on your fine art.

Madalena Lobao-Tello Madalena Lobao... 6821 posts

Again, Congratulations on the feature!!

I came back to read again the article and the responses of our women painters!

  • I love to see how people have responded and actively participating in this post. How good is this reaction!
    This means that there is still hope for our planet, our only home.
    It is still possible to build a better world if we all take consciousness of what is happening, and together, we change our governments “ecological” policies!!
F.A. Moore F.A. Moore 37017 posts

Your words are perfect, Mada:

  1. be conscious of what is happening
  2. change our governments “ecological” policies

That saying “Be the Change” is very appropriate to this. No longer can we afford to think, this is not going to happen any time soon. It’s already happening. The U.N., in October (2012) said that there will be a food shortage this year (2013) due to low crop reserves in the biggest wheat producing countries: the U.S. and Russia. Six out of the last eleven years we have produced less than is consumed. That’s a tough situation.

I used to think it was all about pollution. Reducing pollution is extremely important; but so is a sustainable water management system, throughout the globe. We all have a part in reducing and stopping pollution. But sustainable water resource management can only happen through government intervention and action, now. We are (globally) in a water crisis, currently. The research apparently points to food shortages that will be triggered by this. Many tears will fall in heaven and earth if we allow such a horror to occur. We simply cannot allow it to happen.

Thanks, Mada, always, for your thoughtful words.

Linda Ridpath Linda Ridpath 585 posts

Because of too much rain this year here in the UK, many fields are standing empty and waterlogged, crops have not been planted, or are growing so poorly they are not viable. It’s not one of the prettiest springs we have ever had. Also, so much extra animal feed has been used because the grass Is slow to grow and contains little in the way of nutrients. We will be importing extra wheat this year. The potato crop is looking poor too. Too much water is almost as bad as none at all.