We have done so much today, I hardly know where to start. Before breakfast we were lead on a beautiful early morning walk through the rice paddies by Made our lovely host. What a wonderful way to start the day. The sun was shining and the locals were busy going about their daily chores.
Then we began our first painting session for the day. An exercise in mark making. Something to help us loosen up to get ready for some sketching in the Lily Pad garden later in the morning.
I was very impressed, I have such a talented group.
Awesome mark making by the students this morning.
We travelled to a lovely local restaurant nearby and enjoyed a beautiful lunch. Most of the students got out their sketchbooks and painted the flowers on the table while they waited for their food. I gave a quick demonstration on how to draw people and everyone proceeded to draw each other. Once again I saw some great styles emerging. After lunch we went to visit I Ketut Soki one of the ‘Young Artisr Painters’. I felt very honoured to be able to view his work in the beautiful compound that he works in along with other artists from his family.
Just a little bit of history on the ‘Young Artists Style’ if you are interested.
Young Artists Style
After the war another Dutch-born artist, Arie Smit, became influential in Balinese art. Smit had been working as a topographer for the Dutch army at the outbreak of the war, was captured and interned in Thailand, After the war’s end Smit became an Indonesian citizen and taught painting in Bandung where he worked with UNESCO Children’s Art program. Relocating to Ubud in 1956, Arie opened his studio to local children and supplied them with whatever art supplies he could acquire. With his encouragement a new style of naive art quickly caught on, which can be seen in the work of his first pupil, I Nyoman Cakra.
The topics of the painting were once again scenes of typical Balinese life, but this time rendered in bright colors and strong graphic style. The students were encouraged to express themselves freely and many of the paintings do not reflect colors found in nature, but rather inspired only by the painters imagination. The Young Artists style experienced widespread development around Ubud, and is a staple of galleries throughout the region today.
Taken from http://www.ubudpainting.com/history
We walked back to the lane and were treated to a painting demonstration, (More about that tomorrow) a massage and dinner. Zoe helped me set up for tomorrow, I started on a big demo painting and now it’s time for bed. Please excuse the typos of you find any it’s been a big and wonderful day. Night x