I spent the day yesterday travelling to Ubud to have a look at the local art and craft. Had a lovely day just not what I expected. Ubud is a village in the hinterland of Bali and in the hills, but before your mind goes to quaint little village nestled in the rice paddies and jungles, that is what it was, not what it is today. We didn’t get out of the urban sprawl, there was only an occasional rice paddy in amongst the shops, temples, shops, houses and more shops.
There was certainly a great deal of craft, each village (suburb) has it own craft specialty and we passed kilometres of stone carving shops, I don’t know how you would choose which one to go in.
I hired a driver for the day, such a lovely gentle man, he choose were to go and I did not quibble as the thought of sorting out which one would be best was beyond me. So I visited Batik, silver jewellery, fine art and temples. The art gallery was much better than what I feared and amongst many touristy paintings was some really nice and interesting work. I bought this little painting as I like this naive style. All the patterns and details were so well done. ( I lost the piece of paper with the nae of the artist on it will have to email the store for it)
I didn’t have time to get to the rice terraces, but had lunch amongst rice paddies instead.
Made it to my new villa where we will have the art retreat, it is a little piece of Balinese heaven, show you that next post.