Nine hands creating world of colour for good cause

By Shafraza Muzammil

Nine little hands hold their paint brushes to create nine individual paintings that go to form one big picture… the Magic of Nature.

Little touches of paint and shapes create butterflies on hills and peaceful landscapes. All this painted bit by bit over a week by nine children, none knowing how or what the completed painting would look like, till finally their mural, Magic of Nature emerges.

As young as they are, the children, the oldest, 17 years old and the youngest, six, all students of Lathifa Ismail School of Art have come together to help patients of the Maharagama Cancer Hospital through their art.

The children hope to get a “lot of money” to help the cancer patients, 13-year-old student, Ashinsah Des Wijeyeratne said. “Those children are suffering and we should do what we can to help them,” she added.

The theme for the exhibition came through the big picture, 13-year-old Sahani Welikala said. For Sahani, it is her third public exhibition; she has had two others through the Lathifa Ismail School of Art when she was seven and ten.

The other participants are Nadeesha Pieris, 17, Ashinsah Des Wijeyeratne, 13, Sarith Ratnayake, 9, Tarin Mahale, 7, Nayani Karunathilaka, 7, Sahani De Silva, 7, Ayana De Zoysa, 6, and Githara Gunawardena, 6.

Each child will exhibit around ten paintings they had painted during the year. The mural, Magic of Nature will be given away at an auction during the exhibition on January 23 at the Lionel Wendt from 6.30 p.m.
Magic of Nature is on at the Lionel Wendt on January 23, 24 and 25.

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