Palm trees and paddy fields in Bali
28 April 1997
Neocolor II in Daler Rowney Sketchbook
However we saw some some pretty spectacular views of paddy fields on the hillsides of Bali as we travelled around the island.
One afternoon we stopped at a point where it's possible to draw the rice fields.
This was my sketch for working out what I wanted to do with my plein air pastel. Sadly the latter never happened because:
- it took a long time to work out how to represent the palm trees and the paddy fields. Never under estimate how much time you need to get your eye trained to draw new objects!
- it started to cloud over and then began to rain and pastel and rain do not mix!
I still have the photographs I took while trying to work out the best angle for a drawing.
However it's very evident to me that even though photographs are generally unable to provide a reliable colour reference that my neocolors did not provide the colours I needed for this sketch. Everything is looking a bit too blue whereas the vegetation while lush leaned more towards apple / sap green end of the green spectrum - with some deep olives around the palm trees.
Writing this post has made me want to have another go at capturing the scene and the colours.
You can see below some of the photos I took. The view was spectacular.
|Paddy fields in front of me - on so many different levels!|
|I was sat on a ledge just in front (to the right in this photo)|
of the Hawker's Huts
|The most entertaining hawker |
three hats on his head and ready to split a coconut at our command!
|First take a big sheet of paper.........|
This is a video of the White Herons of Petalu by a couple called Hans and Fifi which gives you a good sense of the sights and sounds of Bali villages but doesn't quite capture the moments just as dusk falls when wave after wave of white herons arrive and land in the huge trees lining the road to the temple. Magical! (This site has some good photos of a celebration associated with the herons and the village - and provide some commentary on what has happened at the village in the past).
- Travels with a Sketchbook - Bali Sketchbook (1997)
- Pastels and Pencils - Katherine Tyrrell travels with a sketchbook - in Bali