All technical difficulties resolved and a new power supply for the laptop, I can now get down to the serious business of showing your what I have put in my journal so far.
We spent the first three days in Seminyak, a very busy part of Bali, on the coast where some of the better shopping and dining is located. So of course we shopped and dined. I have to say as a foodie, the dining in Bali has been fabulous. We have not had a bad meal from high-end dining to small little cafes.
Our hotel was really gorgeous with lots of water features and a great day bed. I love a good day bed and tend to spend my time on them while drawing.
We were recommended Sardine restaurant by a friend who comes to Bali all the time. An amazing place built of bamboo and set in its own rice field. Very beautiful and it is lit like a stage a night. I wanted to capture the feel of this and so went with the black background on which I drew in white, then coloured over in water colour. I was surprised how well it worked and am happy that I have caught the feel of looking out over these ‘decorator’ rice fields while sipping my cocktail. (its tough on holiday)
There were these great little geckos that would come out shyly from the roof tops to scamper across the wall above the day bed. I found out that they were called Chichaks because that is the call they make. Once I knew what the sound was I realised that you could hear them calling to each other in the evening.
You can see I had problems with the fountain pen, the Lamy safari travelled perfectly even with ink in it, but my Noodlers flex pen had a splurt when I tried to use it on this page. The joys of travelling with art supplies. As long as everything is in zip lock bags I am cool with the occasional spillage.