|A Walk in the Park, Watercolour Sketch|
Decades ago, the dust of life might be an artistic perception. The dust might be routine everyday business or activities that take away opportunities to create. To some, art is a way to get away.
Now effect of the dust of life become global issue. No other generation experience the dust of life, the pollution is rising to the level that causes climate change threatening stability of the planet.
How does air pollution contribute to global warming?
Air pollution includes greenhouse gases. One of these is carbon dioxide, a common part of the exhaust from cars and trucks. Greenhouse gases cause global warming by trapping heat from the Sun in the Earth's atmosphere.
How do our everyday activities contribute to air pollution and climate change?
The pollutants released into the atmosphere cause local air pollution, huge plumes of smoke covering a large area, and acid rain. We are emitting such a high level of pollutants that they are causing serious global environmental problems: climate change and ozone depletion. In some cases, air pollutants contribute to climate change, and greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution:
Climate change itself may have a direct impact on air quality. We see pollution related foggy cities in China, Indonesia and soon in France... Air quality modelling studies show that with warmer temperatures in the future, higher levels of ozone will be produced in North American cities.
Processes such as fossil fuel burning in industry, motor vehicles and buildings emit pollutants that cause local and regional pollution. These pollutants include particulate matter (PM) and ground-level ozone (O3) — the key ingredients of smog — along with nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide (CO).
The same processes also release greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4) , one of the most important greenhouse gases, is a major cause of increased ground-level ozone, which are linked to global climate change.
However, there is hope because they come from the same sources, many of the actions that reduce air pollution can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing the issues of air pollution and climate change requires cohesive effort from leading countries. The progress over 20 years of UN negotiations is the objective of the coming 2015 conference in Paris to achieve, for the first time, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
How does Watercolour Art relate to Climate Change?
With this line of thought, I think of the development of watercolour art toward more luminosity and transparency, the beauty of natural glow of daily light and seeing through. Like no others, watercolour art offers viewers to experience transparency by seeing through colours to the base paper and luminosity as paint particles interact with light bouncing of the surface of the painting. Literally, in our living environment, to see through, the air must be clean. Luminosity means the quality of light in the atmosphere. The painters avoid opaque and muddy effects for more purity.
Watercolour purist points toward the beauty of clear, clean, transparent.. not just the beauty for the eyes and souls for art lovers only. At this time in human history, watercolour purism is also a way to raise awareness of the importance of purity in physical environment we live in and perhaps in our relationship with nature. Earth needs some TLC. As it happens, we are the generation that has to do something about it. Our chance to save the environment for the next generation is now or never.
Watercolour purism is not just a concept inspired by war environment in the past. It is not just a way to create art for the souls. It continues to be the concept for survival under threats of climate change now and the foreseeable future.
The love of purity in the atmosphere relates to our love of planet earth, our home. Its delicate balance is important for our survival.
Because of the the delicate and gentle nature of watercolour art, it does look like it is the art of getting away from everyday life problem but it is not. It is a way to remind us how wonderful it is to have purity in life. We are lucky that behind the love of purity are designers, scientists, researchers, scholars and engineers.. together we'll return better condition to the planet.
I hope one day, watercolour purism concept will become as natural as our desire to breathe fresh air, drink clean water.
"I never get tired of the blue sky."- Vincent van Gogh
Me, neither. You might have notice blue sky goes with beautiful days! Many beautiful days make a beautiful life!:-)
Because of the timeless and borderless nature of traditions of watercolour art and the intimate way it relates to people (as it is to me), I hope I would be able to pass on the love of purity to next generations before I leave earth. Purity is truly the art of life on planet earth!