Nov 6, 2011

A Taste of Balinese Artistry

Back from a vacation in Bali, with fresh memories of the beaches, paddy fields, wood craft, seafood, wayside temples, rustic orange brick buildings, friendly people, frangipani trees and fallen flowers on the streets.

I read this somewhere "The soul of the Balinese is in his religion, so it finds its expression in the arts." Indeed!
What I found irresistibly attractive were the artist villages all along our route to the town of Ubud. It just seemed that every other person was an artist in some way - kite makers, painters, weavers, stone and wood carvers, mask makers ...

We visited a few homes/galleries where the artists live, work and sell their creations.
Dear readers, here's a glimpse of it -

The master artist adding his finishing touches 

It's all in the details

Plenty more to choose from
Art supplies in the backyard

Carved in stone - A streak of sunshine falls across his curls, and all-knowing smile

The hundreds of these sculptures didn't seem to compete for the buyers' attention - they just stood weathering rain and shine, at peace with their surroundings
After day one of our stay, I sighed in realization that our short trip was going to be just too short for this beautiful a place, and resolved to come back for longer, someday ... for a better taste of local Bali.

Balinese (art) villages - I am certainly coming back for more!

(Linking this to And then she snapped.)

30 comments:

  1. Really great pictures - I wish I could go there too! :)

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  2. superb photologue!!
    loved it!

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  3. The Art in no matter what form creates an instant Wow moment to be cherished for long... it somehow always puts a smile on the face :)

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  4. I just loved the way you have woven the post and the colours of Bali together. Makes me want to go there now !

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  5. Loved the sculptures. Bali has been on my wish list of places I want to visit some day.
    I enjoyed reading your post about it...hope you had a wonderful time:)

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  6. I love Bali and mine was too short a visit also. I feel I need to stay months to absorb the creativity of that place:) Great photos:)

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  7. You know something? The photographs are just beautiful! Now I want to go to Bali :(

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  8. wow..the attention to detail - both in the paintings and the sculptures - was awesome, dont u think ?

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  9. Love those paintings--the detail! Don't blame you for wanting to go back for more--I would have!

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  10. Had it been me on trip to Bali, I would have just written about the food and landscape :P

    Loved the painting and the sculptures.

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  11. great pictures.. i LOVE your blog header!

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  12. being an creative artist yourself, you have an eye for detail and I wonder how you managed to come back within a day from there :)

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  13. I too love your blog header. Your pictures are lovely and it looked like a grand adventure.

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  14. The best part about this place is the Indian influence that is reflected in their culture...really amazing stuff...

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  15. Beautiful this is..thanks for sharing

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  16. Wow... Cool pictures... I am totally in love with the sculptures.... Waiting to read more about your trip !!!

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  17. Such amazing captures, especially loved the second one. The details are just fascinating...
    Have a fabulous week ahead Ambika:)

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  18. Nice pics Ambika...and such an artistic place. Loved the details in the artworks. I have read of Bali in Eat, Pray and Love and from then on I do long to visit the place sometime...can't say in the near future though:)

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  19. Oh, that sun-lit Buddha is beeeeaaauuutiful....

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  20. beautiful pictures, and equally beautiful description of bali and its art. Love the detailed paintings and the sculptures.

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  21. Wow!! Please share some more pics.The thirst for this place grew a. Little more now.

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  22. what amazing work they have!

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  23. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my paintings. :) You have a really lovely blog--beautiful words and pictures.

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  24. beautifully captured!

    The image captuing the artworks, all under the shade of a typical Bali home is alluring! You must have had a great journey!

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  25. Bali is a beautiful, both culturally and artistically... you have captured it beautifully!!! Chanced upon your blog through indiblogger, its a nice one!

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  26. It is such a privilege to go where an artist works. The space, the energy is almost always infectious and inspiring! Thank you for this quick tour :) Makes me want to see more :)

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  27. Fabulous! Fabulous! So intricate and awesome work!

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  28. How does one bring back these items to their home country?

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