Green Art News: Plastic

     My love affair with the ocean began as a  child on the beaches of Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  In 2004  I suffered head trauma that effects my short-term memory to this day, but I do remember riding horseback with my older cousins along the shore.   The sounds of hooves splashing in the water, along with waves crashing along the rocks, and the smell of  the ocean air were the things I looked forward to the most.  Playing in the sand, and bringing  home seashells that would become my most treasured toys as a young child.

     My father tall, and lean his eyes the lagoon blue of the ocean; would place conches against my small ear at bedtime so that I could hear the sounds I fell in love with. My father was an American, a POW from WWII, upon returning home to the states he traveled and spent much time in Central and South America.  He met my mother, a dark and exotic server at a local restaurant in Costa Rica and fell in love.  After they exchanged their vows, he spent the next five years in various locals in Costa Rica before returning with his wife and daughter to Southern California.  Where I was raised and my love for the ocean continued.  The beaches much more crowded than what I had been introduced to.  The feel of  crisp ocean air, and the warmth of the sun on my  skin were less frequent;  but nonetheless were what I looked forward to.

     Today those beaches in Puntarenas are a far cry from what I remember as a child.  The fishing industry and tourism has taken its toll.  I have included some informative material about the effects of plastic on  our coastline in Ecology of Marine Debris.  I also have included links to Artists who have devoted their work in the recycling of this debris in creating whimsical works of Art.

May peace and prosperity greet you at every corner.


Reptilian Tile


Have you ever layed in bed for half a year?

My breaths are like ancient chants

they can lull the season to sleep 

or so I’m told

I burrow in my blankets

instinctual, habitual slumber

My caramel skin so very still 


 I listen to the  noise of children

at the schoolyard across the way,

that squeaky swing 

I thought would drive me mad any day.

One day I mailed the janitor a can of WD40 

and waited ever so patiently.

That squeaky swing must have nine-lives

for all the cans I’ve sent.

Days have come and gone

and the silence

reminds me of the time of year.

Summer and schools out and with it 

Silence of the squeaky swing

Along with the silence

an Imperial heat that

would bake me 

if I’d just fall asleep on the green grass

while tending my sheets.

I hang my sheets out to dry

I turn clockwise with my eyes to the sky

and gather my wrinkle-free sheets  before

they turn to dry-skin.

I make my bed

–stretched out so taut  

I fall into a soft faun colored ocean

the color of skin.  My skin.

My eyes flutter closed  and I dream 

of a zoo–of men 

all shapes and brilliant stripes, and colors

roaring behind the bars of iron

I tease them with a stick when no one looks

and immediately regret

my cheeks red with shame 

I wake up in rumpled sheets

I open my eyes, wide-wide

I take in the sunlight 

and I ball myself up 

in bed

my children have dubbed me 




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Perspective: Citylife



I live in the high desert which those who lack imagination may think it bland, but I’m attracted by the infinite variety that our Creator supplies in nature.  One of the things I sooo look forward to when I do visit the city is the infinite variety provided by mankind.  There really isn’t that much difference between the spikes one encounters in the desert and those encountered walking down a city street or is there?  Well I would say one is Divine and the other…complex.  It certainly helps me keeps things in perspective.




“Nuthatcher” Charcoal on vellum.  Artwork by Mary Lee Landaverde 2013


Forgetfulness is like a song

That, freed from beat and measure, wanders,

Forgetfulness is like a bird whose wings are reconciled,

Outspread and motionless, –

A bird that coasts the wind unwearyingly.

Forgetfulness is rain at night, 

Or an old house in a forest, – or a child.

forgetfulness is white, – white as a blasted tree,

And it may stun the sybil into prophecy,

Or bury the Gods.

I can remember much forgetfulness

             –HART CRANE


Lilly: Wandering the Valley


I search the inside

                     of a flower

I take my glass eye 

                     from its nest 

the one that those three Greek witches

                       never spoke of. 

The one that takes you to small places

                        so big,

so immense in their grandeur

it takes your breath away. 

Leaves you

lost in this inflorescence

To be lost in its color

its eternal softness 

like floating in an endless cloud of a bursting flower

To sit in glorious folds of splendor

                         I could plunge into its nectary furrow

and lay there slick with the smell of glory.    

To bury one’s  face in

a petal reverberating the heat of a warm day 

I can wander endlessly 

this Turks Cap  

Stroke papery walls 

Silk on my fingertips  

strum their stamen

Make my own music

as the wind sways

and I watch the pollen

settle on those golden stigmas

the pistil–‘wand-of-fertility’

this is what it’s like to glow.





The color red is the color of energy, passion and action

The color red is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy.

Red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.

It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power.

Being the color of physical movement, the color red awakens our physical life force. It is the color of sexuality and can stimulate deeper and more intimate passions in us, such as love and sex on the positive side or revenge and anger on the negative. It is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day, however it relates more to sexuality and lust, rather than love – love is expressed with pink.

At its most positive it can create life with its sexual energy, or use its negative expression of anger and aggression to fuel war and destruction.

The color red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants for this purpose. It also increases craving for food and other stimuli.


Being surrounded by too much of the color red can cause us to become irritated, agitated and ultimately angry. Too little and we become cautious, manipulative and fearful.

In Eastern cultures such as China red is the color for good luck. Although times are changing and many Chinese brides now wear white, it is traditionally the color for weddings. In Indian culture it symbolizes purity and is often used in their wedding gowns.

If your favorite color is red, it will reflect in your personality! Personality color red will give you more information on this.

If you are thinking of using red in a business application, read about themeanings of colors in business.


Positive and Negative Traits

Positive keywords include: action, energy and speed, attention-getting, assertive and confident, energizing, stimulating, exciting, powerful, passionate, stimulating and driven, courageous and strong, spontaneous and determined.

Negative keywords include: aggressive and domineering, over-bearing, tiring, angry and quick-tempered, ruthless, fearful and intolerant, rebellious and obstinate, resentful, violent and brutal. 

Red Represents:

Energy: it boosts our physical energy levels, increases our heart rate and blood pressure and prompts the release of adrenalin.

Action: it is fast moving and promotes a need for action and movement.

Desire: it relates to physical desire in all its forms- sexual, appetite, cravings.

Passion: it means a passionate belief in an issue or undertaking, including passionate love or passionate hate. Anger is negative passion.


Effects of Red:

Stimulating: to the physical senses- the sexual and physical appetite. It stimulates the deeper passions within us, such as sex, love, courage, hatred or revenge. If you have a flagging sex life and would like to introduce more passion into it, introduce some red into the bedroom – the more red, the more passion, but don’t overdo it or it will have the opposite effect.

Exciting and Motivating: it excites our emotions and inspires us to take action.

Attention-getting: it demands you to take notice, alerting you to danger. This is why we have red traffic lights and stop signs – it is the universal color for danger.

Assertive and Aggressive: drivers of red cars should take note! A small survey I did a few years ago showed that drivers of red cars, including females, said they felt quite aggressive behind the wheel of their red car.


Variations of Red

Maroon: a dark bluish red, it denotes controlled and more thoughtful action. It is slightly softer than burgundy and not as dramatic as true red.

Burgundy: a dark purplish red, it is more sophisticated and serious and less energetic than true red. It indicates controlled power, determined ambition and dignified action and is often favored by the wealthy.

Crimson: has a little blue in it. It indicates a determination to succeed but without upsetting anyone else. It emits sensuality rather than sexuality.

Scarlet: has a little orange mixed with it, giving it a richness and brightness. It indicates enthusiasm and a love of life. It is a little less intense and more fun-loving than true red, tempered with a degree of defiance.

Meanings of Red in other Cultures

  • In Russia Red symbolizes Communism and revolution.

  • In China, brides wear Red and it is considered a Good Luck color.

  • To most Asians Red means happiness and prosperity.

  • In India Red is a symbol of life-giving purity.

  • In the Middle East the color symbolism of Red is Danger and Evil.

  • In Greece Red is considered a dominant male color.

  • In Japan Red is considered a life-giving color associated with female reproduction.

  • In Christianity, Red combined with Green is associated with Christmas.

  • To some Native Americans specially the Cherokee, Red symbolizes the East and Sacred Fire.

  • In South Africa Red is the color of mourning.

  • In Amsterdam Red sells sex in the Red Light district, a legalized zone of prostitution.

Red in Nature

  • blood, raw meat

  • fall season, autumn red leaves

  • heat, fire, flame

  • sunset, sunrise

  • fruit such as apples, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries

  • vegetables like red potatoes, red peppers, tomatoes, red cabbage

  • red deer, red oak

  • clay earth, red rock

  • rust, ochre

  • birds like cardinals, orioles, robins

  • flowers like roses, carnations, poppies

  • jewels like rubies, garnets, carnelians




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