Friday, May 28, 2010

Every Day in May—EDM #27 and #28


EDM #28 Draw anything you like. I couldn't get inspired by any of the appliances around the villa so I did this "buah naga" "dragon fruit" that I had picked up at the market the other day.

EDM #27 Draw a book. I can't survive here without this Indonesian/English dictionary. Our villa is a busy place and I am usually running around communicating in my "pigeon pantomime English/Indonesian" with many of the people who are working on something around here. Like yesterday, I knew that buah-buahan is the noun for fruit but I had to look up "naga" which means "dragon" when Maria told me I was drawing a buah naga for EDM # 28. Because I spent the past few months in the USA my Indonesian has suffered—Saya lupa banyak (I forgot a lot).

"Getting Stoned with Savages" by J. Maarten Troost is a wonderful book about an expat who spends some time on Vanatu and Fiji drinking kava and researching cannibalism. Two things I have never done. However, I have a friend here in Bali, who is originally from Kalimantan and she can't say that her ancestors (maybe even gramps) weren't cannibals...

Being an expat is quite a different life...

6 comments:

E*phi said...

Oh, yummy, dragonfruit! I love them! And I definitely love your drawing of this one! Again, the colors are wonderful (and the rest too, of course!).

curiouscrow said...

Fantastic looking fruit and lovely sketch of it - and the books!

Sandra said...

You have such a command of watercolors. Love to see your paintings. Enjoy learning about another culture.

nanke's stuff said...

I'd like to know more about the dragon fruit. It looks so odd to me. Is is sweet? Tart? Banana-like? Your posts are always so interesting! nancy

Dan Kent said...

I love the bright splashes of color in the dragon fruit!

A Brush with Color said...

Wonderful, Jennifer! I work with a woman from Indonesia, and she loves your images--