How To Help With The Oil Spill Crisis

Creative Frustration: One Artist's Thoughts On How To Help Change Energy Dependency

My artwork has been dominated by the Gulf of Mexico, oil spill crisis, and I am at a point where I feel I have to do something loud!
My artwork has been dominated by the Gulf of Mexico, oil spill crisis, and I am at a point where I feel I have to do something loud!

Tired Of Watching The Mess We Are Making

I have been wood burning and painting and doing mixed media artwork for very many years. My themes for my creativity have very often included the need to pay attention to what we humans are doing to our Earth. I know I was selling artwork back in the 80's that begged for people to pay attention to recycling. I remember doing a craft fair in Texas and not really doing so great because most people did not pay much mind to all of the waste and abuse that "we", as a global nation, have been burdening our Mother, Mother Nature, with.

The label "tree hugger"

Tree hugging hippies was new term, if born at all, back then. One day while vending my work I met a lady who smiled very big at me and told me to keep up the good work. She was attracted to a piece of my artwork. I had created a piece that was found sea glass and driftwood mixed with acrylic paint and wire. It depicted a fish fashioned out of miscellaneous pieces of glass bottles I had picked up on the beach. I do not remember exactly, but there were words burned into the driftwood that said something to the extent that "would this soon be the only kind of fish our children would know"

The piece was ugly and intentionally so. The nice lady purchased several of my pieces of artwork that day. She told me it was a tough battle and she was happy to see that someone was trying to get the word out. I remember how I felt good about that day at the fair for a very long time. I had put a message into my creativity and someone "got it". The good feeling motivated me to continue my creative expressions concerning the environment.

What Happened To My Cause?

Today I feel like I had abandoned the word as much as I should have remembered. I got caught up in what it was, I was doing in my life, and put on my blinders. That is not to say that on a personal level I have not practiced conservation as much as I could. Admittedly, I know I can do better because no matter who you are or what you do, there is always room for improvement in everything.

Wake Up People!

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A markerThe Gulf Of Mexico -
Gulf Of Mexico, United States
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Off Shore Drilling is and will be the death of this magnificent area of marine life as we know it. We must STOP off shore drilling

B markerChandeleur Islands -
Chandeleur Islands, E, LA, USA
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No matter how the media and BP try to cover up the extent of the damage done it is out there. This will and does impact every aspect of Nature.

I Am An Artist

Being an artist to me demands a certain responsibility to my fellow humans. Art is a great way to bring attention to sensitive issues. As an artist, much can be said from the pulpit of an image that can not be put in to words. Visions stimulate thoughts and thoughts stimulate actions.

So I am up nights thinking about what actions I can take, as an artist, to stimulate positive actions about our environment. I am not talking about advertising art here. I am talking about harsh, rude reality. The kind that makes people dig deep in their soul and search for the truth.

The Truth Is

This oil spill, and I call it that while biting my tongue, because to call it a mere spill, seems sacrilegious. I mean really. There is a ton of oil pouring out of a corporate devised contraption, it is out of control and the stream of oil devastating the Gulf of Mexico is by far, more than a spill. This almost unbelievable crisis is keeping me up at night. The bull-shit we are hearing on the news everyday does not help. It makes me sick to my stomach to think of all the innocent wildlife we are crucifying because of our worldly demand for oil. We are well on our way to screwing things up so bad we will never be able to make it right. So what can I do? What can you do? What can anybody do? All the money in the oil industry can't seem to get control of the situation.

Did they really cap it off?

Before I managed to publish this hub the word is the gushing oil has been capped. I thought for a moment about canning this article and then I knew in my heart, I can't do that. Capped or not, there is still a VERY MAJOR PROBLEM. One I have to address in order for my soul to ever get another nights sleep.

So What Does My Art Have To Do With This Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Crisis

As the oil gushed on a few weeks ago, I was working on a piece of driftwood as a gift for a very dear friend. She is a creative spirit and has taken to collecting art fish. I had suggested to her that I would transform this piece of driftwood in to a fish for her collection. My plan was to burn it that week so I could hand delivery it during an upcoming visit to Chicago. So I went to work on the fish.

Flowing with my creative energy

Much of my work is free form, free hand. Meaning I just pick up the wood burning tool and get after it without any plan. So to this piece I decided to use just such an approach. My creative energy just gushes much like the billowing crude in the Gulf of Mexico.

Will The Gulf Of Mexico Marine Life Ever Know Peace

The hungry oil mongers are sucking the spirit right out of our Earth for love of money.
The hungry oil mongers are sucking the spirit right out of our Earth for love of money.

A Crude Fish and Oil

My friend was very pleased with the transformed driftwood. She was even touched by my need to push the environmental cause into my creative energy. We spent some time together while I was in Chicago visiting and much of our talking centered on the devastating impact the oil industry has forced on the world. The situation is out of hand cap or no cap. The damage is done. Fish will die. Birds will die. It will never be the same. For the love of money.

Starting a war on big business and politics

My fish loving friend is a wise woman. I suggested to her that I felt the need to go forward and scream to the world and anyone who would listen. She said I would be crushed like a bug under the feet of "the man". No big business would allow me to put up a fight. Politicians would make sure I went unheard.

The thing is I have never been one to passionately pursue, protest or push my feelings off on anyone. my thought is that like minded people tend to bond in spirit and so it goes. I believe what I believe for myself and I feel like everyone else has a right to do the same. That is as long as what people do causes no harm to others.

They have caused a most serious harm and worse

Mother Nature has been brutalized by this so called oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. It does not take a scientist to see the devastation. 2 + 2 makes 4, that is how easy it is to see. The oil companies reap the benefits from profits and Mother Nature takes the pipe. I put it to you very harsh because the truth of this matter is a very harsh reality. SO NOW I AM SCREAMING THIS FROM THE TOP OF MY CREATIVE LUNGS.

The hand of the oil industry won't get itself dirty

Oil stained necklace pendants

More than an oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico tragedy must not fade in the minds of our world of people. It is time to push hard for reform, change and logical solutions for a better way of life and clean energy in all forms.
More than an oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico tragedy must not fade in the minds of our world of people. It is time to push hard for reform, change and logical solutions for a better way of life and clean energy in all forms.
"With The Eye of an Eagle" we must FOCUS on a rapid change in all areas of energy usage and we need to work at it fast and furious. The technology is there and big business and politicians need to get their shit together and put all the unemployed pe
"With The Eye of an Eagle" we must FOCUS on a rapid change in all areas of energy usage and we need to work at it fast and furious. The technology is there and big business and politicians need to get their shit together and put all the unemployed pe

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Tragedy Might Be Capped But

So! I am a little late publishing this but then BP was DAMN LATE capping that leak and I think better late than never serves us all. I stress again that I am not one to stand on a soap box. I feel that each and every human on the face of this planet is somehow guilty to a lesser degree. We have allowed this to happen because we do not stand up and fight for what is right. Okay so some fight but if we would get ourselves unite we would stop any more abuses on Mother Nature and in doing that we would be putting many people to work because we need to get moving fast and furious on alternative energy in all facets of our need. We better get with the clean energy or we will wind up homeless. Mother Nature houses the entire world. BP PB..... BAD PRETTY PRETTY BAD.

Hug a tree for the sake of our Mother Earth.

Go Green

Conserve Oil

Conserve Gasoline

Conserve Water

Recycle

Re-Purpose

Vote against the destruction of Mother Nature


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C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana Author

Raven King.

Thanks for the kind support. I am writing in several places Online and mixing it up with my artwork. It seems to be working for me. Yes I am in NV. I moved my art studio and my Mother out to be closer to my sister. I get back to the Chicago region when I can. Hope to do that every few months. Thanks for reading and always welcome comments.


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Raven King 6 years ago from Cabin Fever

Wow! Are you still living in Nevada?

Your art is very good and I think that maybe combining essays with your art is a good idea. Maybe you could make a short documentary? What do you think?


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C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana Author

My concern is the state of our economy. All would benefit from new jobs, increased industry...the state of our environment is devastated and this is a long term tragedy that should not have happened. I am thinking for the good of all instead of the benefits for a handful...the cost of alternative energy has already been payed for with this environmental holocaust. We will pay for generations to come.


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

From what I've read online those who want to keep control over the rest of the population definitely are preventing the spread of the knowledge that exista to give mankind almost free energy.Those who care more about the rise of civilization than the rise of their control over others will be the only way we will overcome this stranglehold on humanity.


Debra 6 years ago

C.S.: I salute you. The energy you (and those who join with you) generate towards making cash move over for planetary preservation WILL have an impact. A small percentage of greedy money mongers, who care not a whit for God's gift and use their money to buy silence, deception and death of those who get too close represent the YIN. The rest of us represent the YANG. We will win.


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C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana Author

There is truly no way of knowing because we have to rely on the media, politicians and BP for the truth.That is why I am up in arms for fast reform.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

What is really going on? one minute we read aobut being successfully be capped and the next no it is not. Now the hurrican season started. I think they trying to pull wool over our eyes. As always.


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C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana Author

The sad thing is that it IS DONE and there is no taking it back. We will have to live with the mess and the aftermath forever but,

That does not mean that we can sit still any longer and shake our heads. We MUST PUSH hard for reform in all areas of conservation with all the knowledge and strength we have and we must do it ASAP.

Thanks for commenting Tom and Quill. I know that everyone is sick over this the thing is, what are we going to do to make sure it does not keep happening?


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Tom Koecke 6 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

Beautiful art, and a powerful message!

Our government says they will not rest until BP makes everyone whole. I don't think there is enough No-Doze for that.


"Quill" 6 years ago

HI CS... I have been following this fiasco since day one on CNN from here in Canada without a doubt it will go down in history as man's crowning glory of blatant destruction of God's creation. The talking heads in Government have done nothing to hold anyone accountable.

What a shame to think of all whom, man and creature will pay for this over the next many years. No amount of fines, clean up or discussions will repair the damage done.

Good for you for doing your part and speaking out.

Blessings and Hugs

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