Friday
Jul282017

Bali - Catherine Rowe

Yellow House artist Catherine Rowe's travels to Bali have inspired a new body of work and we wanted to find out more! We invited Catherine to write a guest blog on her experiences.

"From the food, culture and people, to peaceful hidden beaches and breathtaking wildlife, Bali is by far the most inspiring and gorgeous country I have ever visited. 



 

The better known parts of the island are fast-paced and party orientated, as well as being famous for 5 star hotels like you have never seen them before.

We opted for a more basic, rough and ready experience of the island. The Southern most point of the island on the Bukit peninsular is Uluwatu, renowned for its beaches perfect for surfing. 

The vibrant tropical colours in the sun are breathtaking, everywhere you look there are interesting plants, trees and flowers - perfect for some pastel sketches! 



 

Traditional landscape paintings are popular in Balinese art culture and I decided to give one a go! My subject was the Balinese starling, a very rare and endangered bird on the island. 



 

Although I didn’t get to see much wildlife bar monkeys and geckos, which was fascinating, it was great fun to learn about some of the wildlife seen elsewhere on the island. Jungle cats and Egrets inspired two of my latest patterns, and sights of some of the biggest lobsters I have ever seen inspired a third pattern! (including the most amazing rainbow lobster I didn’t even know existed..) Other designs in the running inspired by my trip are some monkeys and lizards…"



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