Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Sandpainting is the art of pouring colored sands, powdered pigments from minerals or crystals, and pigments from other natural or synthetic sources onto a surface to make a painting. These are often temporary, ritual paintings prepared for religious or healing ceremonies. It is also referred to as drypainting.
Sandpainting is practised by Native Americans in the Southwestern United States, by Tibetan monks, by Indians, by Australian Aborigines, and by Latin Americans on certain Christian holy days.(source: wikipedia)

Isn't it great knowing something new every day? I've been meaning to share some of my daughter's artworks over time. She has worked on quite a few sand arts. It's one thing to admire the works and a lot more to know that sand art is a broad category that actually includes sand sculpture, sandpainting, and sand bottles. It's cooler to know that sandpainting truly has an interesting history.
In modern days, sandpainting is most often practiced during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico and the United States. Streets are decorated with sand paintings that are later swept away, symbolizing the fleeting nature of life. Of note are the sandpaintings done during the Seattle Dia De Muertos Festival.

It is truly interesting what we learn when we research more about it. Anyway, here are some more of my daughter's artworks.

I hope you enjoyed today's blog. May you find your own form of creative expression. Ta-tah! It's August!!! :D

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