Thursday, October 30, 2008

Morning beach walk

Early morning, before it gets too warm, people gather to talk, swim, prepare the daily offerings and tidy up in front of their warungs before opening for business. There is a lot of sweeping of the sidewalks, sand and grass in front of each, getting rid of fallen leaves, fronds and Fangipani flowers. Their sapu is made from 3 ft long coconut twigs tied together to create this most beautiful broom. Sometimes with a handle but mostly not, it seems to be quite an effective tool for Bali. The fallen Autumn leaves of New England would be a very different story...

Getting ready to make and assemble the daily prayer offerings.


Checking the surf before wave surfing and diving off the reef.


This morning dip can be anywhere from 10 to 25 local Balinese enjoying the water and a little conversation before starting a day on Sanur Beach.

16 comments:

linda said...

I really love your use of color and subject matter. The woman with the prayers is especially compelling, for some reason! My son is hoping to make it down to Bali from Singapore soon.

Margaret Ann said...

A beautiful capture of a graceful posture! A Lovely woman!

Sandy said...

such gorgeous sketches - so interesting to follow your day!

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

You're doing some wonderful work, there, Jennifer! (And I love the pup from the earlier post--I just want to reach down and pat his little head!)

df said...

wow. what a great blog. Can't wait to keep coming back for a visit. Thanks for attempting to watercolor the figure. That's tough work and you really capture the form!

Sherry said...

The way you handle sketching people appeals to me very much. In particular I love the postures of the people sitting on the railing.

christine said...

I love how you combine loose lines and saturated splashes of color. Beautiful!

Arty Velarde said...

I am really enjoying your bali watercolors. they remind me of winslow homer. They are just beautiful!

Linda T said...

I think your people are terrific!

A Brush with Color said...

These are great. That first one of the woman somehow reminds me of a Gaugin figure! Beautiful!

Sharon said...

Your sketches from Bali are lovely. I hope you are planning a book of these vignettes. (Put my name on the list for one!) Your work is inspiring - wonderful colors with a fresh, spontaneous feel.

freebird said...

You did a great job here. Even have a good expression showing. Great pictures.

Ricardo Sérgio said...

These are great.

Linda said...

Sigh. These are so beautiful, they really make me want to chuck it all and go to the islands. Some islands... any islands. I love all the rich colors in your shadows, too.

Beegirl said...

So very beautiful. I love the view of the seascape!

Anita Davies said...

Jennifer, you are creating such a wonderful visual of Bali for us all here and I am loving the little titbits of information you are offering up with your sketches.
How's my Maruman coming along?...I can't wait to get my hands on it.