Happy colorful weekend!! Here is another shot from my #painttopetals show photo by @bottegastories
And the story behind this sibling pair: Bali captured my heart when I visited in 2015: the people, the ceremonies, the dancing, the raw and rugged fertile nature. As I planned my trip there, I exchanged several emails with batik teachers and gracious homestay hosts. I began to notice a trend—so many of my soon-to-be friends in Bali were named “Wayan.” I thought to myself, ok, Wayan must be a popular name in Bali, likening it to “John” in the U.S. .
Once I had arrived, my 80-year-old batik teacher, Nyoman, taught me so much not only about the ancient technique of batik but about Balinese culture (who on some days would announce, “no class today—you go attend (a temple ceremony or royal funeral), it will help your paintings”). It did. He also called me “Baby” but not in a “Hey Baby” way, I think it was because he thought I was young and he was always laughing at me saying “Baby you smile all the time.” I do.
But Nyoman taught me that “Wayan or Putu” is the naming convention for “first-born” in Balinese culture, second-born is “Kadek or Made” and third, “Nyoman or Komang”. When I asked him how to tell the difference between several Wayans (as in, I’m hosting a party and Wayan is arriving at 4! Wayan can’t make it! Wayan is bringing dessert!), he looked at me with a peculiar nod and said “Simple, you look them in the eye.” .
Bali inspiration continues to surround me; my paintings are very much my babies, so, here you have Wayan and Kadek …..which of course means there’s time and space for more to be born!! .
Thank you to Nyoman and his wife Putu for their graciousness and inspiration both in and out of the classroom. .
And thank you to my BEYOND travel buddy extraordinaire @dani_adventures #catalinagarretonart #gratitudeoverload #balibliss