After immersing myself in Balinese Art, Color and Design for 9 days, I feel like I am wearing those polarized glasses that make everything look like it is sparkling with rainbow colors!
The Colors of Bali are not just a postcard gimmick for the tourists - this is really how the people of Bali adorn themselves and their homes. In particular I am thinking about certain shades of pink, purple and green that I saw in the rice paddies, the flowers, and the brilliant sarongs. Color is a way of life there, and I feel blessed to have absorbed the colors of their spirituality, their love of Nature, and the artwork they create so freely.
I arrived in Los Angeles late Friday night, and I am writing this before I fly home to Denver on Saturday. I took about 4000 photos, and even though I've posted several colorful images on my photo page, I will definitely be editing and posting more pictures so I can share the inspiration of this amazing island.
The other thing that really strikes you in Bali is that the people are so sweet and genuine. I never felt like they were scheming ways to rip off the tourists - but rather they had a genuine concern for our well-being, and a gentle nature that comes from a simpler lifestyle and a slower pace of living.
As I wrote about last Tuesday, there are so many villages there that are dedicated to the creation of artwork. As we would drive along narrow roads, punctuated by dogs and children, the neon green of the rice paddies would sparkle with the reflected sun off the water. Clear mountain streams were channeled to run through the center of town and we'd see children playing and bathing in the cool water. Everywhere we went, we'd see kites tugging on unseen strings...with a small child at the end of the long line. Roadside art galleries revealed the artist's studio just behind the artwork. Village after village would have seemingly endless rows and rows of stone carvings... their dramatic light and shadowplay deepening as the sun dropped lower and took on a golden glow. Mothers walked along the road with their babies tied around them in a colorful sarong, and a woven basket of fruits balanced on their head.
On one of our last days, we drove into the mountains, until we were following a single lane road along the top spine of a ridge, with a huge lake down below on one side, and a ravine full of coffee plantations and shrouds of mist on the other side. Fields of blue hydrangeas appeared along the side of the road, and after our lunch we saw the villagers cutting and binding huge bushels of hydrangea blossoms, and leaving them curbside for pickup. Across the ravine, the reddening clove tree orchards glowed with early Fall colors. (Bali is 8 degrees below the equator - now is their early Fall season)
I'll be sharing the visual poetry of Bali over the next week or two as I go through my photos. Sorry you couldn't join me this time - but I hope this is the next best thing!
Mission of Love has received over 800 quilts for our *1000 Quilts for Japan* so far, and our deadline is still 2 weeks away. MOL has posted a video showing several of the quilts received.
Are you working on a quilt right down to the deadline? Let us know - we can be flexible with the deadline if we have a flurry of quilts being shipped at the last minute. This week we'll be shipping quilts dropped off at eQuilter.
For more information on our eQuilter project to send quilts to Japan's homeless tsunami victims, please read our project page.