Monday, February 27, 2017

The Sustainable Souls Project February 2017

Hi...

and Hello February.  Today, we go live with Month Two of The Sustainable Souls project.

 The Sustainable Souls Project evolved from my yearly discovery of a single word.  Each year, I choose a word to define my hopes, focus, and desires for the next 365 days.  Past words have included: home, explore, be, and others.  

This year, I chose the word, 'Sustainability'.  Because the earth is in dire need of help and I want to leave a legacy for my children and their children to inherit, I thought it was time to focus on issues of Sustainability.

But I wanted to make 2017 different.  I wanted to include others in my word, since Sustainability cannot be done alone.  Yes, every small action helps, but it's the combination of hundreds of small acts that make a difference.  Hence, The Sustainable Souls Project.

Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art.  Projects may include art journaling, mixed media, assemblage, and more.  We are hoping to educate, entertain, and create awareness, one paint stroke at a time.

February's theme is 'Extreme Weather'. 
Extreme Weather is everywhere.  No matter the season, weather patterns and 'normal' weather doesn't seem to exist anymore.  As i write this post, the day started off in the high 50's, and we finish it with a major snowstorm.  That is extreme weather in the real.
Frequent tornadoes.  Massive hurricanes.  Multi-year droughtsDevastating floods.
   
This quote by Al Gore is a somber reminder of how urgent the situation is.

"Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet's climate system into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced - a catastrophe of our own making.


Several extreme weather events inspired my project(s) this month.  Images of droughts really caught my eye; the parchedness of the land, the extreme disruption of life, and the polar opposite of flooding and excessive water.



This is a cold wax and oil painting on a cradled wood canvas.  I wanted to mimic the cracked, rough surface of a drought-striken land, with the colorless tone of a lifeless landscape.






In addition to my main art piece each month, I will be creating a smaller piece that will be combined with 11 others to create ONE large piece.  Here's a peek at my February contribution.
(bowl is for display purposes only)  



 


   
Want to do more?  Want to be a Sustainable Soul?  Want to create with us each month?  Send me a message and I'll provide more details.

Here's a peek at what the other Sustainable Souls created this month. 


Interested in my past Sustainable Souls projects?  Here's link to each.

January 2017 

If you can't create with us each month but would like to support and participate in our quest for a Sustainable future, please feel free to grab our badge and share it on your social media sites.  We truly appreciate your support and understanding that our future must change for many generations to come.Extreme Weather is everywhere.  No matter the season, weather patterns and 'normal' weather doesn't seem to exist anymore.  As i write this post, the day started off in the high 50's, and we finish it with a major snowstorm.  That is extreme weather in the real.


I'll leave you with a short video compilation of extreme weather.  Even thought this video is from several years ago, the same story applies.


2 comments:

Margey said...

Al Gore's quote is quite sobering - especially given that it was made in a movie released 11 years ago.

by belle said...

Tina! Your canvas is truely inspiring and eye opening to the devastation of drought. This is the extreme I seem to notice and experience personally so it pushes buttons. I love how you represented the theme with your beautiful art. XX

2 comments:

Margey said...

Al Gore's quote is quite sobering - especially given that it was made in a movie released 11 years ago.

by belle said...

Tina! Your canvas is truely inspiring and eye opening to the devastation of drought. This is the extreme I seem to notice and experience personally so it pushes buttons. I love how you represented the theme with your beautiful art. XX