I just realised how long it has been since I last posted and it has been ages. My day job has been totally flat out and I have just not had enough energy left to draw. But it is slowing down a bit and I have had a chance to finish the last two drawings in my Bali journal.
The above drawing is of a cafe we dropped into during the heat of the day to cool off before we went to the spa. It was so inviting and the bright silk cushions were so lovely and bright in the dim coolness. The food and service that we had in Bali was excellent, but the thing that stands out most in my mind was the lime drinks. I wasn’t able to drink alcohol while I was away, (when I get too tired it just gives me a headache, alas for all the lovely cocktails I couldn’t sample), but the non-alcoholic drinks available were awesome. Some had lime and mint, others had spices like cinnamon and two or three vanilla pods. Vanilla pods were clearly cheaper there than at home.
I am really happy with the layout of this and the next spread that I did, I think I am finally getting the hang of journal page layout. I like the visual link between the pages where the drawing either goes onto the next page or the little illustration links across. This gives more interest to the journal pages and makes it a journal rather than a book of different drawings.
The Spa drawing is of Taksu Spa in Ubud and it is a divine place. The Spa complex spans a creek bed and you climb down into the creek gully into this wonderful alternate universe with pavilions floating in the pools, water lilies, ferns and aerial roots from the figs above hanging down. The treatments were also pretty good too.
Well that is all of the main drawings done for the journal, I just have to add some photos and neaten up a few pages and it will all be complete. It has been a magical trip and I have really enjoyed making the journal, even though it took much longer than I had hoped. Like all these things I have learned such a lot by doing it and the memories from this trip are saved in such a wonderful way.