Wander Diaries – Bali III, Art

“What is about Indonesia, I don’t know, but, art and aesthetic are a part of life here. Someone, somewhere in the family – then or now – practices art in someway or the other,” quipped Kelly of an art gallery that is seamlessly blended with the Seminyak shopping scene.

An extensive collection of works at The Yellow Brick Road Gallery, Seminyak, Bali

She is from London but her relatively new gallery houses works by artists from different parts of Indonesia. It was difficult to not notice the works and enter the gallery. Pleasantly, it’s just one of the many stores and galleries that make art as much a part of the city experience as designer wear, multi-cuisine dining and luxe hospitality.

Artist at work in his studio/store/gallery spotted during a stroll in the beach city

Yes, culturally refined and meticulous in mannerisms, the tourism-dependent city definitely does it in style. Many expats have set up galleries and hi-end stores by simply bringing their touch of minimalism to an already beautiful, charming setting.

And how’s it charming, one of the features that one can’t help but notice, intricate doors, enchanting entrances and facades. Even hand-painted wall art is quite a regular feature at cafes and bars.

Here are some that The Purple Frog clicked during street hopping. For more images, follow on Instagram @thepurplefrog1

An American expat’s sliding door made of old Javanese doors
A villa entrance that looks old, charming and well-aged
A traditional facade wall in gold that glistens during sunset
Just another sculpted entrance
Wall art in a cafe called Kasava
Wall art at a bar
At a cafe
Intricate, embellished traditional doors with an impressive Balinese ‘mask’ facade

Coming up next…

A workshop in the traditional, colourful fabric art, Batik, may be on the cards for The Purple Frog here in Ubud. A 3 – hour play with colours on a pattern of your choice may just be one of the arty high-points of this trip. Watch out this space for more updates from Ubud, the art haven of Bali.

Some images from Ubud taken during the last trip in February, 2019

Thing This Week

In the meantime, this week The Purple Frog got a bit itchy since there was not much material like clay to play with…made this doily in lavender.

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This time of the year is cool and breezy here. Straight out of the window are swaying trees and right off the roads is the heaving sea.

Choppy waters sometimes though with a warning flag. But, who can stop the Aussie surfers who are here to spot the right wave as it got extremely cold down under.

The Purple Frog at one such exciting moment sprained its back. The hip got hurt during a hop and now, it’s restricted to the hole hoping to heal soon.

Water Therapy

Turned to the healing touch of water. Stepped inside the pool and it definitely soothed the nerves.

Making space for waterness in wilderness

That said, a well-maintained pool is a regular feature of the homes/villas in Bali. Wonder, why has that not been a part of home culture across the world especially cities that don’t have a personal water body to take a dip in…

But then, all good things sound utopian to the world and all things dirty, crammed and deprived ‘real’…

Art has a special place here and that’s why The Purple Frog thinks, the maker’s attitude prevails…possibility of creating what sounds utopian…

While the rains are upon us here and that’s when The Purple Frog would get to hop around the city, here’s a glimpse of what caught the eye…

Watch this space for more updates…next, it would be the food adventures here. Keeping the belly full but not bloated and the taste buds satisfied is also proving to be a big player in wander adventures…

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Wander Diaries – Bali

Early this year, around February, 2019

The Purple Frog hopped on a flight to Bali, an Indonesian haven loved alike by the west and the east, the Oceanian and the Middle Eastern. 

Minutes after landing there, the brightness, the life and that Bali charm started to take over the senses. As The Purple Frog moved closer into the city, it was immersed in it all and any knowledge of where it came from gave way to this is where it must belong…

It was then that The Purple Frog left as an impressed traveller and it is now, it is living here like a global citizen…With a dream that someday, some generation would say…What borders? Safety, huh? Our planet, our people…

But till then…

This time around, July onward, 2019

It’s different. It’s longer. It’s AIRBnB. It’s #FOMOrelieved.

A sense of the place with abundant time in hand…feeling the place like it’s a part of the big planet and not just a nation.

Basically, the experience feels WHOLESOME, just like that first big, fuller bite of a juicy burger on a super-empty stomach after a long night of drinking…

Sticking to the plan of staying creative, imaginative and definitely observant of the works of MAKERS around…

Watch this space for more updates from Wander Diaries that will be a regular feature here @ The Purple Frog.

This month it will be all about and from Bali…

The sunset hues - Bali
The Sunset Hues, Bali

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