The Spirit of the Gulf Challenge

To raise consciousness about the plight of the Gulf of Mexico, Suzanne McDermott issued challenges to some artists to follow the Spirit of the Gulf Challenge. I received the challenge through fellow artist and blogger Sue Pownall at Art of a Nomad, when she challenged every reader of their blogs to participate. Whilst we cannot change the physical damage which has occurred, this challenge may raise awareness. After all we live on one planet and it’s one sea.


Find a photo or other resource depicting some living aspect of the Gulf of Mexico before the oil disaster or
Tap into your spirit and use your imagination
Make a drawing, painting or other piece of creative work with love and gratitude for the beautiful life of whatever you’re depicting.
Post what you make on your website, include a link to the original post: Spirit of the Gulf Challenge (or the facebook group — (Spirit of the Gulf facebook group. ) and put the icon below in your sidebar with a link to the original post (or the facebook group). Send Suzanne a link to your post and she will add the link to bottom of her post.

Spirit of the Gulf

Words cannot express the anguish I feel about the animals who are perishing because of human folly and arrogance. I wanted to paint little tiny sea creatures but the pelican is more iconic.

6 responses to “The Spirit of the Gulf Challenge”

  1. I decided to paint the pelican’s head pure white instead of yellowish as you might find in nature to illustrate the purity that was lost. Thanks for your kind comments.

  2. Oh, my heart aches for the animal and plant life continueing to suffer while we speculate the cause and the source and the saving of those affected. I’ve pondered what I, personally, could do. And YOU have come up with something. Hurrah! And, by the by, the pelican is lovely…I mean your painting of the pelican.

  3. Well done!
    Poor pelican! A symbol of man’s disregard to the Earth, its animal life and not least mankind.

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