Water lily and dragonfly Water color pencil and ink Bali Journal 2015
I am still drawing in my Bali journal and quietly proud of it. I am determined to complete it and although I have a number of different projects that I think I would like to try, back to the journal it is. This will not be one of my many uncompleted projects. With the completing of journals I feel the need to start some larger more finished art works. It has been ages since I did a big drawing outside a journal. (See one sentence is about finishing and the next is looking at the bright, sparkly idea over there, the attention span of a gnat.)
The drawings that I have recently completed in the Bali journal all have a watery theme. One of the highlights from the trip was a tour we took to the north of the island to go walking through the rice fields. I was also keen to get out of the built up areas of Bali and see the rural landscape.
Line drawing of rice fields Pen and ink Bali Journal 2015
Above is a line drawing of the rice fields, I haven’t added the colour yet, not sure what medium I want to use, but no rush. On the way to the rice fields we passed by some volcanic lakes, one with an important water shrine, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan. We had followed a whole village who were going for the yearly celebration to this important shrine, they were packed into every type of transport imaginable including large trucks with about 50 people squashed into the back. It was a beautiful and tranquil place and here are a couple of water serpent carvings that were right on the lake edge.
Water serpents at Lake Danau Beratan. Matt water colour and ink Bali Journal 2015
While at Ubud I went to the art store, you can get some really cheap and unusual art supplies in Bali and I found some matte water colours which looked like fun. I used them on the serpents, interesting with a chalky feel to them. Undecided on whether I like them or not, but always fun to have new supplies. Below is a picture of the line drawing before I added the water colour.
Line drawing of water serpents Ink Bali Journal 2015
I had to have a close up of the water lilies in the journal as that pond was such an important part of our trip. This picture was taken to catch a fleeting glimpse of a the dragon fly, but as such things happen I really liked the composition and decided to use it for my picture. I took the image onto the next page to add some interest to the journal spread.
Life on the lily pond page Journal spread water colour and ink Bali journal 2015
Last of all is another Balinese inspired pattern, it has been a horrendously busy 10 days at work and I just needed the solace of a peaceful repeat pattern. Art is such a wonderful retreat where I can forget the problems of the present and return to my holiday.
Balinese Pattern, water colour and ink Bali Journal 2015
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Lily Pond at Sapu Lidi Resort Ubud. Water colour and ink
We are spending most of our time in Ubud. I visited quickly on my last holiday and decided to spend most of my time here on this holiday and I am so very happy that I have. There is so much to do and see here, with slightly fewer tourist. Ubud is more in the centre of Bali, it is seen as the cultural heart and they are so generous in sharing their culture and history.
The drawing is the view from our room. It literally sits right on the edge of this lake/pond and I look over it from my bed and sit on the edge (another day bed) and draw. It just doesn’t get better than this.
Water lily pond Sapu Lidi Resort Ubud
We have been watching all the wild life in and around the pond and I have tried to add them into the picture. The stars are the water lilies, they open at night after dusk and will close again at midday. The buds grow at incredible speed they will poke their heads up out of the water in the morning and grow at least two feet during the day and just start to open by the evening. They will flower for a few days then slowly sink back under.
There is also the swallows that fly over the pond skimming off the bugs from the surface. So many do this that you can hear the clack of their wings. They tag team with the bats who take over at dusk (though they didn’t get into the picture) There is also a water hen that stalks the lily pads at dusk and dawn and makes quite a racket. There are some very large fish and one huge golden carp that you just see a flash of his gold back as he jumps for food. There are also a couple of two metre water monitor lizards that cruise across the pond on a regular basis going from the bank to under the pavilion. They will drag themselves out over the lily pads if they get in their path. I dangled my toes in the water on the first day but not after seeing these creatures.
Water Hen on the pond near our patio. (you can see the edge of the day bed) Ubud Bali
There are also great big fat, black, shiny bumble bees with one red stripe that hover over the lily flowers drinking their nectar and amazingly bright dragonflies some red others blue. It has been such a joy to just sit here and observe all these creatures in this gorgeous location.
Hope you liked it too.
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