I had so much fun painting this painting “Noodles Anyone” which depicts Francis and Putu , a couple who run this fantastic restaurant in the small mid north town of Burra called White Cedars Indonesian Cafe and Gallery.
ART & BALI
It is the last place on earth that you would expect to find a gorgeous little Balinese place, but once you’ve been there you have to return.
I don’t remember how I was initially introduce to them, but what I did know right away was that I really liked them both and we had so much in common particularly as we go nearly every year to Bali.
They asked me a couple of years ago to have an ART exhibition there for the Sala Festival and a great success it was too, they do not do things by half.
White Cedars was filled to overflowing with people and both the food and the wine were too. It is the people that make a town great so hats off guys!
You see Putu is from Bali and Francis after spending 32 years as a Primary school teacher built his ultra-modern minimalist dream house at Maslin Beach SA.
Four years later the adventure bug bit and Francis moved to Bali where he met Putu and together they built another dream house but this time in the Balinese traditional style with grass roof and open to the elements surrounded by a vibrant tropical garden, jungle and fast flowing streams and art of course.
They eventually decided to pick up stumps and settled in Burra where despite the cold they have made a wonderful go of it. So much so that Putu is now becoming a true blue Aussie this coming Saturday.
On this painting it is Putu dancing on the table in their establishment, he actually does a stunning Balinese performance and has even done so at several major events around the state although I must claim artistic licence to the noodles between the toes, I never did see him do that, lol.
Putu also doubles as the head chef, whilst Francis handles front of house with nothing being too much trouble for his guests. So if you are in Burra look them up!
This exhibition has now come and gone but went very well and I thank you all for attending Naive View.
Apart from my artworks in the main gallery, there was also artworks on show by the Ladies from the Valley showing Pots ‘n’ Paints and also Parallel 1930 by Gaara Arts showing works by Broken Hill Women Artists.
AUTHOR & jOURNALIST
It is being opened by Nadine Williams, acclaimed international journalist and author of the bestseller “From France with Love” which has now also been optioned to be made into a movie. So it should be quite a swell affair. Here is an art blog 101 From France with Love on Nadine.
I know for most of you spread across the world that is way too far to go, maybe next time.
Here is another quote I like by Ernestine Ulmer (writer)
“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”
Happy painting and Sculpting everyone.
Love Marie xxx
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