World Environment Day

5th June “It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy.” — Secretary-General, António Guterres https://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/ https://www.worldenvironmentday.global Today I’ve collected and replanted 3 little oak trees. These were seedlings from last autumn’s acorns, growing in my vegetable plots. They’ll be planted out in the woodland in October. Trees help to combat global heating by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Our woodland was planted in December 2000, it’s now well-established and home to many wildlife. Related Images:

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rapid decline of natural ecosystems

“We should have gone to the doctor sooner. We are in a bad way” Prof Andy Pervis, Natural History Museum, London, and author of the UN Global Assessment Report, in The Guardian 07/05/2019 “Make no mistake, this report will change your life,” says .  Prof David Reay at the University of Edinburgh, in The Guardian online 02/05/2019 “The health of ecosystems on which we and other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of enemies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide….. we have lost time. We must act now” Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity… Read More

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schoolstrike4climate

Students are striking today, across the UK, Europe and the world. students’ placards: ‘It’s our time to rise up’ ‘Make Earth Cool Again’ ‘There’s No Planet B’ Their demands: Declare a Climate Emergency Education about Climate change Tell us the facts Lower the voting age see the manifesto on https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/15/uk-student-climate-network-manifesto-declare-emergency #schoolstrike4climate #Fridaysforfuture https://www.fridaysforfuture.org Related Images:

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adding organic materials

detail from Kilmar #2  (2019) In recent paintings I’ve added organic materials to gesso and/or acrylics, creating texture and lines – soil, salt, wood ash, crushed eggshell, dried grass, sheep’s wool and so on – whatever I pick up from the environment that I’m working from. So, remembering Anselm Kiefer (B. 1945), large scale works that incorporated various materials including ash and wire – https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/kiefer-lilith-t05742 – Sandra Blow (1925-2006) painting Space and Matter in which she she used a liquid cement on the board and, while this was wet, applied chaff and other substances and then used charcoal and thin glazes of oil paint to produce the desired effect. This one is… Read More

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Nature Paintings

detail from painting by Alyssa di Edwardo Keith Tyson (b.1969) was the 2002 Turner Prize winner for his series of works entitled Nature Paintings. “Despite the increasing uproar around that year’s selection, Tyson was praised by the judging panel for his work’s ‘strong visual energy’ across a diverse range of media that included drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.” (ArtUK.org)  I’ve found one more in this series on his instagram page https://www.instagram.com/keithtyson23/ Alyssa di Edwardo (b. 1957) is an Abstract Expressionist painter whose work I find more interesting and prefer. Reminding me of Joan Mitchell, see my post:  https://jillgoodman.co.uk/joan-mitchell From Edwardo’s website: “Gestural brushstrokes pull the viewer towards a psychological landscape perhaps making the work… Read More

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