You might already know of the brightly coloured, often symmetrical floor patterns called Rangoli, made by Hindus during the Festival of Lights – Diwali. It is believed that these beautiful patterns encourage and welcome the Goddess of Wealth – Lakshmi, to enter their homes and bless them with Her presence on this auspicious occasion.
Customary materials used to create Rangoli are flowers, coloured flour, lentils, pulses and food colour, all of which are readily available.
Even more basic than these materials is the next – sand.
Ilana Yahav’s expression of emotions through the shifting of sand is utterly mesmerizing. She uses just her fingers empowered by her soul to portray a vast range of human emotions and feelings in her creations.
But wait. There’s more…
I came across one other artist – Huang ZhuLin – who paints on water, using Chinese Ink.
Evidently, creativity knows no bounds. It flows from within.
When you are artistic at heart, you don’t need to go out and buy expensive materials to produce a piece of art. Some of the most exquisite art can be produced using the most basic and natural materials at hand.