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Philippine artist paints images of volcanic devastation using ash

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Philippine artist paints images of volcanic devastation using ash

TANAUAN (Reuters) – The ashes of a booming volcano in the Philippines inspired an artist and instructor to paint watercolors using the gray powder that covered the plants in his backyard.

Janina Sanico, who lives in a town near the Taal volcano, collected the ashes, mixed them with water and paste and started painting images, some of which depict the devastation caused by the small but dangerous volcano.

“So that was the pain I felt. So, when I saw the animals, that's when I got inspired for my paintings ”, said Sanico, 24 years old.

More than 140,000 people were evacuated after Taal, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, erupted more than a week ago, covering houses, schools and farms with ash.

Sanico, a promoter of natural water pigments, said he was selling his paintings and donating the proceeds to help thousands of displaced people.

“Since this ash came from the earth, I have tried and studied it. So, when I published my work of art on social media, I found that it was widely received by people, ”said Sanico.

Sanico used different means, like coffee to paint, but ashes, she said that surprisingly it worked well enough, as long as she had enough water.

Vulcanologists maintained Taal's danger level at 4 out of 5, meaning that "a dangerous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days".

Only 311 meters (1,020 feet) high, Taal is one of the smallest active volcanoes in the world. It killed more than 1,300 people in an eruption in 1911.

Reporting by Joseph Campbell and Oscar Abunyawan; Written by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Toby Chopra

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