Birth of a Painting Series VIII: “Water”, an Installation.


Water! A combination of large-scale videos within an installation format that includes an inner meditation room, surrounded by paintings and the gentle sounds of water, designed to include the viewer in the artwork. The paintings are sculptural, created on large wood panels, with deep texture, oil paints, and gold leaf. The videos are of natural events; “Lost Canyon Falls”, includes water and fire in a meditative film; “Lake Kaweah”, transforms two years of photos into a video time-piece, recording the beauty of each passing day; “Douglas Creek”, in the meditation room, includes streams, meadows, and the sounds of water.

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“Koi”, oil on wood, gold leaf, diptych, 70″ x 68″, 2008.

Paintings: “Cypress and Basalt”, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′, 2006. Private collection.

“Aspens”, mixed media, gold leaf on wood, diptych, 6′ x 8′, 2006. Private collection.

“Mountains, Clouds, and Streams”, mixed media on wood, triptych, 4′ x 6′, 2008. For sale.

“Silent Passage”, oil on gessoed wood, 4′ x 6′, 2004. Private collection.

Copyright 2018 Denise Hartley.

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Join Senator Elizabeth Warren, standing up to bigotry.

2012 Massachusetts Democratic Endorsing ConventionAnd that marks Democrats’ first job in this new era: We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here. In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans — on anyone. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.

The Beauty of Change, the Basics for Survival, Earth Unplugged

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Basics for Survival, Earth Unplugged

The Beauty of Change, Essay 1, the Basic Steps…

Simple Steps for Improving Your Life:

  1. Cherish what you have. Appreciate your life, family, friends, and your blessings given by our planet and ‘Mother Nature.’  Everything comes from Nature. Every material object in your life came from our Earth, at a great cost. The planet cannot keep up with our consumption. Give back to Nature, recycle what you do not need, it is made from precious material. Watch what you throw away, are you really giving back to Nature by dumping into her earth and water what you have consumed and no longer want?
  2. Recognize that you have what you need. If you have a home, food, water, you have enough. Everything else is a want. The First World (us) has taken too much from a finite planet (the only one we have). We are stripping our planet of its resources for our pleasure, leaving little for the rest of humanity. We choose not to see what our selfishness has caused, and the suffering of the Third World, who is starving and thirsty. I know we can do better.
  3.  Simplify your life. Having less material objects creates a space that you will enjoy more. Give away or sell what you do not need, someone else can use it. Eating less and more healthy simple foods will increase your enjoyment also. Growing your own organic foods gives pleasure, knowing that you are working with, and in nature. Your body is part of Nature, give it simple good food, and it will reward you with good health. Learn to recognize what will enhance your diet, and create good health. Eat less high resource foods: meat, out of season fruits and vegetables (they have probably traveled more that you have), factory created foods (processed, and dead, also well traveled).

What Easy Improvements I Made to Enjoy My Life More:

  • I sold my large house, and downsized (2003)…AND use way less power. Easier to clean, more time to spend outside in Nature
  • I became a vegetarian (1995)…I grow my own food, and my protein is from fruits and vegetables, legumes, and eggs from my chicken, AND have great health. I eat less and enjoy it more. I don’t eat GMO corn or soy products (they are hidden in packaged food).
  • I use less energy in my new home, replace your light bulbs with more energy efficient CFL’s…Check your appliance efficiency. My heater is on a low setting, so I dress warm.
  • Gave up TV (1995)…The new flat screen TV’s use 2x to 4x the energy of the old tube ones. Again, I am outside in Nature, or reading, or painting.
  • Unplug what you are not using, standby mode uses electricity….
  • I sold my super cool Black & Silver Dodge Ram truck, and bought a small Toyota pickup, now I have downsized again, being given a free car that has great gas mileage.
  • I found something useful to do, and am getting a teaching credential, AND blogging about climate change.
  • I stopped buying what I do not need. Yes, even Christmas presents, I bought everyone socks for Christmas! I make my own beer and wine (another blog), and gave as Christmas presents).
  • I recycle everything. I have a compost pile, recycle cans, jars, plastic, etc., I have very little trash to send back into the Earth.
Starting the Garden
Starting the Garden
Growing the Garden
Growing the Garden
Eating the Garden
Eating the Garden
Mother Nature

Mother Nature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google, NASA and US Geological Survey: Images of Destruction of planet Earth

Reblogged from:

GoogleTimelapse”: Images of destruction

Posted on May 20, 2013 by  | By Claire
Google (in conjunction with NASA and the USGS) has just released a series of timelapse movies,
showing the changes occurring to the surface of our planet since the 1970s.

18 Minutes That Will Change Your Life…The Overview Effect…40th anniversary of photos of Earth from space.


Please enlarge for better viewing.

Directed by Guy Reid

Concept: Guy Reid and Steve Kennedy







This portrayal of planet Earth has effected me beyond words…




Astronaut Edgar Mitchell sought to find a philosophy that would express

what he experienced viewing planet Earth from space.

After a search, with no results, he contacted an university to research this,

and they told him about a Hindu philosophy, Sankalpa Samati.


Sankalpa Samati 

“For the success of the sankalpa, certain conditions must be met.

The sankalpa is like a seed that will have tremendous power,

but only if it is sown in fertile ground, looked after and tended daily,

with the inner certainty that the seed will produce its fruit in its own time.

After the sankalpa is made, the mind nurtures it at deeper levels

as the roots of the seed go further down, the emotions express it as a

positive feeling that has power and strength, the body resonates with it,

and the intellect does not question it – ever.

Faith is where all the dimensions of the personality are in harmony,

undivided and moving in the same direction together. How can it not succeed?

Lastly, the sankalpa need not be influenced by words alone.

It may also be visualized symbolically as an image,

felt as a sensation; it may bring up certain feelings which have a recognizable force

or are just quietly known.

In the end the sankalpa is not just something nice you say three times twice in yoga nidra,

but it is a motivating force that you are living and moving toward

all the time, every day.”

                                                      Swami Anadakumar Saraswati  


“I  think you start out with this idea of what it’s going to be like…and then when you do finally look at the Earth for the first time…you’re overwhelmed by how much more beautiful it really is, when you see it for real.

It’s just like its this dynamic, alive place, ..that you see glowing all the time..”

-Nicole Stott, Shuttle, ISS Astronaut

“When we look down on the Earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet, looks like a living, breathing organism..”

Ron Garan, Suttle, ISS Astronaut

Stewart Brand

About 40 years ago I wore a button that said, “Why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?” Then we finally saw the pictures. What did it do for us?

The shift that has happened in 40 years which mainly has to do with climate change. Forty years ago, I could say in the Whole Earth Catalog, “we are as gods, we might as well get good at it”. Photographs of earth from space had that god-like perspective.


Kim Bhasin | Business Insider

A short film released by Planetary Collective called “OVERVIEW” has some fantastic interviews with astronauts who described their experience seeing Earth from space.

It’s something that can’t be replicated and it totally changes your perspective.

The “overview effect,” first described by author Frank White in 1987, is the sudden recognition that we live on a planet. The experience transforms a person’s perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it, and he or she begins to think of Earth as more of a “shared home” and have a strong feeling of awe.

From shuttle astronaut Jeff Hoffman:

“You do, from that perspective, see the Earth as a planet. You see the sun as a star – we see the sun in a blue sky, but up there, you see the sun in a black sky. So, yeah, you are seeing it from the cosmic perspective.”

Shuttle/ISS astronaut Nicole Stott:

“We have this connection to Earth. I mean, it’s our home. And I don’t know how you can come back and not, in some way, be changed. It may be subtle. You see difference in different people in their general response when they come back from space. But I think, collectively, everybody has that emblazoned on their memories, the way the planet looks. You can’t take that lightly.”

Shuttle/ISS astronaut Ron Garan:

“When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.

… Anybody else who’s ever gone to space says the same thing because it really is striking and it’s really sobering to see this paper-thin layer and to realize that that little paper-thin layer is all that protects every living thing on Earth from death, basically. From the harshness of space.”


ReBlogged from Climate Crocks

A View of Earth from Saturn

A View of Earth from Saturn (Photo credit: alpoma)

English: Astronaut Nicole Stott, mission speci...

English: Astronaut Nicole Stott, mission specialist/flight engineer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Gift of Spiritual Healing, a Guided Meditation with Tara Brach.

Shiva Dances for the Earth

‘Shiva Dances’, 2007, oil on canvas, 5′ x 5′.

Shiva Dances

Shiva dances for us, our planet, and under Shiva’s foot,

Shiva is crushing humanities ignorance of spiritual reality.

When I write about Climate Change, my emphasis is on healing; healing humanity,

and therefore our planet. I address the human contribution to pollution,

air, water, land; we have polluted our earth.

We pollute by our unconscious action and behavior,

we pollute because we are not paying attention.


pol·lute vt

1.            to cause harm to an area of the natural environment, for example, the air, soil, or water, usually by introducing damaging substances such as chemicals or waste products

2.            to make somebody morally or spiritually impure

3.            to violate the sacred nature of a holy place

Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation.


Today I received a gift from a spiritual healer, Dr. John Fu.

When I met John, he was a Psychological Councilor for California State University, Fresno.

He now leads a therapy group about healing, in Fresno.

John sent me a YouTube link to a Guided Meditation by Tara Brach, PhD.

As a healer and meditator myself, I recognized Tara’s gift to us.

She takes us to the place where we are one with God and Nature,

which is our true self.

Published on May 10, 2012

This is a four part, 4 hour 37 minute – Introduction to the Art, Science and Practice of Meditation (combined into one file).
Part 1: Mindfulness of Sensations and Breath. Part 2: Mindfulness of Emotions. Part 3: Mindfulness of Thoughts. Part 4: Living from Presence. 


Tara earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, under the guidance of Jack Kornfield. Working as both a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher, she found herself naturally blending these two powerful traditions—introducing meditation to her therapy clients and sharing western psychological insights with meditation students. This synthesis has evolved, in more recent years, into Tara’s groundbreaking work in training psychotherapists to integrate mindfulness strategies into their clinical work.

In 1998, Tara founded the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), which is now one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the United States.







The National Wildlife Association’s report on the human psychological

effects of Global Warning. 

The National Wildlife Federation released a report on “The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the U.S.” This peaked my interest not only in natural history but as a mental health professional.

Some of the report’s findings are:

Climate Change will become a top-of-mind worry in the future.

Major Segments of U.S. Society are more psychologically vulnerable now including:

  • Children will experience increasing acute stress disorders as natural disasters increase
  • Elderly and low-income will be less able to pay for need good, services and have less mobility
  • People with preexisting mental health conditions will find fewer resources available
  • Members of military and their families may be dealing with conflicts to destabilizing economic, politically and environmental effects on fragile countries from Climate Change

The mental health system is not ready to handled the wide-spread psychological stress or climate change and there is a low first responder preparedness to handle immediate trauma of climate disaster victims.

Some climate change related conditions and their psychological effects:

  • Summer heat wave – there is a relationship between rising heat and aggression
  • Coastal and river flooding – stress due displacement, loss possession and future uncertainty
  • High impact and more intense storms – PTSD, slow recovery of infrastructure, anger at government response
  • Severe Drought and reduced snow pack – despair and depression
  • Increase large-scale wildfires – anxiety and anticipation, grief from destruction
  • New Disease Threats – fear and anxiety

Suggested Solutions and recommendations include:

  • Mental health practitioners, first responders and primary care professionals should have comprehensive plans and guidelines for climate change; they need to develop
    tools and approaches to help respond to disasters and to take care of patients faced with emergencies.
  • Priority should be given to training mental health professionals who serve the most vulnerable populations. e.g., school counselors, pediatric specialists, aging specialists, public clinic staff
  • Improve the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of people suffering from climate related mental health problems
  • A rigorous estimate should be made of the cost of addressing the psychological effects of climate change vs. the costs of ignoring the problem
  • Governments should develop and deploy mental health incident response teams
  • Helpful models for positive individual and community action should be developed
  • Psychological implications of global warming should be factored into public policy development

Please read the National Wildlife Association’s report on the human psychological effects of Global Warning.

Forum Participants

Victor Balaban

Travelers’ Health and Animal Importation Branch

Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA

William Becker

Executive Director, Presidential Climate Action Project

The Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy

School of Public Affairs University of Colorado Denver, Boulder,


Peter G. Bourne, MD, MA

Visiting Scholar, Green-Templeton College, Oxford

Vice Chancellor Emeritus of St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies

Chairman of the Board, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)

Wales, UK and Washington DC

James H. Bray, Ph.D.

President, American Psychological Association

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX

Gillian Caldwell, JD

Campaign Director, 1Sky Tacoma Park, MD

Eric Chivian, MD

Founder and Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment

Professor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School Boston, MA

Lt. Gen. Daniel W. Christman (Ret.)

Sr. Vice President for International Affairs United States Chamber of Commerce Washington DC

Robert W. Corell, PhD

Vice President for Programs H.J. Heinz Center for Science, Economics

and the Environment Washington DC.

Kevin J. Coyle, JD

Vice President for Education and Training National Wildlife Federation Reston VA

Spencer Eth, MD

Vice-Chairman and Medical Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services

Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers New York, NY

Sherri Goodman, JD

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Center for Naval Analyses

Executive Director, Military Advisory Board, “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change” project Alexandria, VA

Jeffrey T. Kiehl, PhD

Senior Scientist, Climate Change Research National Center for Atmospheric

Research. Boulder, CO

Douglas LaBier, PhD

Founder and Director Center for Adult Development, N.W.,

Washington, DC

Andrew Light, PhD

Director, Center for Global Ethics George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Senior Fellow Center for American Progress

Washington, D.C. 20005

George Luber, PhD

Associate Director for Global Climate Change

National Center for Environmental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Edward W. Maibach, PhD

Director, Center for Climate Change Communication

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

H. Steven Moffic, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI

Jerilyn Ross, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.

President and CEO, Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Director, The Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Inc. Washington, DC

One Man Says More In 3 Minutes Than I Have Ever Said In My Entire Life


reposted from UPWORTHY

From: The Carl Sagan Series

Please watch this video (link below)

When Carl Sagan asked NASA to take a picture of Earth with the Voyager 1 spacecraft’s camera, some people saw the final product and thought he got a bad deal. The spacecraft was so far away that the Earth only showed up as about 0.1 pixels wide. This is exactly what Carl Sagan was hoping for. He dubbed it the “pale blue dot” and extrapolated quite convincingly how unlikely it was that a supreme being created the entire universe just for one particular species that lived on that dirt smudge.

via One Man Says More In 3 Minutes Than I Have Ever Said In My Entire Life.