20 January 2015

Photo and Blog by Calley O’Neill with love for our Earth.

I have recently finished  GYRE: MOVING BEYOND ONE USE PLASTICS, an interspecies Rama Exhibition painting.  A German Aerospace photograph of the Hawaiian Islands taken from outer space inspired the painting.  Having very carefully freehand drawn the islands as they look above and below from space, I began to paint them.  Slowly and somewhat painstakingly I kept painting and wanting to know what the painting was supposed to be about.  Days and weeks went by and then months and still somehow I was able to remain receptive to what this painting was about.

At the Waimea Ocean Film Festival, I saw and was deeply moved by Angela Sun’s PLASTIC PARADISE, and as disturbing as it was, I knew, the painting was about ocean plastic pollution.

We have got to move beyond using a material, our most notable, durable and versatile 7th Generation Bottlesproduct invention.  So, we created a product that lasts, literally, forever, and designed derivative products such as plastic water and soda bottles, food containers and plastic bags to be used for a few minutes.  That’s where the problem is – the use.  The problem isn’t plastic.  Plastic is amazing!

So, recently I went to Healthways II in Waimea and displayed in the front was this beautiful cardboard laundry detergent by Seventh Generation.  What a wonderful bottle.  Well, I found out it does have a plastic bag inside (#4 so it can be recycled and a plastic cap (#4 so it can be recycled) but it’s beautiful and a big step in the right direction.  The future of personal packaging is peeking out at us and it gives me hope.

Please support this effort and let’s move beyond buying one-use plastics!

Got to tell that to Brown Cow Yogurt!!!  And Liteway Kefir… my favorites!

Click here to visit Calley's Official Yoga Site

About The Rama Exhibition

Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls. Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).
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