I have some very fond memories of living in Indonesia as a child. The balmy evenings, lush green surroundings, the spicy smells, roosters that wake you in the morning, and not to mention the friendly, gorgeous smiling Indonesians. I was instantly bought back to these memories as my husband Mark and I stepped off the plane in Bali last week.
Sadly, those memories are now joined with a mix of hectic ambulance rides, dull hospital corridors, and my husband at his lowest point as we spent 6 days in a Balinese hospital as he recovered from food poisoning.
Home now but mentally and physically exhausted, we reflect back on what was supposed to be a chance to get away from our busy lives and switch off. In reflection we did have 2 glorious days at our amazing hotel, Alila Manggis, mostly spent by the pool, snoozing to the sound of waves. And our bodies are still soft from the regular massages.
Here are some of the few photos took early in our trip at the vibrant Klungkung Markets. You can also find more photos here.
We hope to go back to the beautiful Bali again one day, and see finish what we started. But perhaps, not for a little while yet…
Darren Booth is a freelance Canadian illustrator and letterer. He perfectly describes his vibrant work as “painterly fragmented with collage”. His unique artwork is collage using paper, pencil, paint, scissors and glue. In an interview with The Artfuls, Darren explains his process:
“I always start with pencil to paper by writing down keywords or drawing thumbnails while creating mind maps. From there I’ll pick out a few directions that I think can work and then refine them and decide what is working and what isn’t. Sometimes it’s easy to see if there a clear winner. Sometimes the client decides what piece should be finalized.
After sketches I simply just transfer the drawing to a canvas or printmaking paper and start painting with acrylics. My finished pieces take anywhere from 6 hours to 30 hours to complete, depending on complexity. Frustration plays into amount of time, as well. Paintings always seem to fight back at some point, especially when working with collage. If I lay a piece of collage, it sometimes affects a different area and then that area needs to be changed. This process goes on the entire time and then all of a sudden it clicks. As frustrating and time consuming as it can be, I trust the process.”
Find photos of his process on his blog here and the full Artfuls interview here and more of Darren’s Booth work on his website here.
All images from Darren Booth’s website and blog
Find more cuteness of Leila’s dog and her other lovely photography on dearlleila’s beautiful blog here
C’mon get happy
More of Irena’s amazing photography on her website and blog