Batik Painting by Maria Madonna Davidoff
This is my enrty for Illustration Friday Theme Intricate.
What can be more intricate than a batik painting. Two years ago, I decided to spend
a few months in the Island of Bali , in Indonesia, to study Batik painting.
This is one of my first batik paintings of a Balinese dancer. Batik is a wax resist dyeing technique used on textile. Batik is considered as national art in Indonesia.
I've been to several Balinese performances and I was really mesmerized. It was such a mystical and wonderful experience. The dancer were almost trancelike because in Bali, everything they do creatively are offered to the gods and godesses.
Here is where I set up studio in Ubud, Bali 2007
I was taught by a Balinese teacher who held classes in his own home.
Here I am in one of my classes:
Below, I am painting my first batik with my Balinese Batik teacher Wayan:
Here you can see me applying the wax resist first:
With my Balinese Batik teacher Wayan:
Below are some of the traditional dyes I used in Bali:
This is how I use colored dyes for my batik :
This is how I dry my batik--outdoor under the sun, the natural way:
It can get very hot in Bali--As you can see in my face full of perspiration:
Finally, after a hard days work painting, here I am relaxing in front of my Bali bungalow:
This is my walkway towards the Bunglaow:
Relaxing in Ubud:
Below, I am in front of one of the Balinese temples: