Mehndi (also called Mehandi) is the traditional art of painting the hands, feet or body with a paste made from the powdered, dried leaves of the henna plant.
It is an ancient form of body art that has been practiced in the Middle East, India and parts of Africa for thousands of years.
The stains are usually cherry-red to brown color, but this can vary with time left on and a range of other factors.
Mehndi is special for many cultures, not just because it is an important part their culture, but also because of how beautiful the mehandi design looks when women are adorned with it.
In western countries, mehndi has gained a great deal of popularity in the temporary tattoo industry.
This art form is an intricately beautiful way to decorate the human body, a talent that is extraordinary and delicate and precise in its execution.
It is an amazing and intricate art form.
For all of you who enjoyed my Sunday Evening Art Gallery salute to Guido Daniele this past April (https://wordpress.com/post/20906013/3920/), I have finally added a boatload of additional hand images for your pleasure.
Sunday Evening Art Gallery http://wp.me/p5LGaO-bH
Guido Daniele’s repertoire is far more than painted hands — his body art is fantastic. Do drop by his website sometime and appreciate his artistic flair: http://www.guidodaniele.com/.
Come in close
Because the more you think you see
The easier it will be to fool you.
J. Daniel Atlas, Now You See Me, 2013
Guido Daniele is an Italian multimedia artist and body painter. He has worked in many different media and has also worked for two years in India, where he attended the Tankas School in Dharamsala.
He produced a sequence of animals painted on the human hand, which he calls ‘handimals’.
The work is so intimate, so impeccable, it’s hard to believe it’s painting at all.
Guido Daniele was born in Soverato (CZ – Italy) in 1950 and now lives and works in Milan.
The beauty of Art is Illusion. What you see vs. what the artist sees.
And because you are on different sides of the canvas, you see different angles of the Illusion.
So look closely. But not too closely.
For the magic is in the Illusion of the Art.
You can find more of Guido’s exquisite art at http://www.guidodaniele.com/