When Ben and I were on our honeymoon in Langkawi Island (Malaysia), one evening we ate at a Thai restaurant built on stilts at the end of a long pier made of wooden slats. Throughout the evening the sun set behind the hills of Thailand that we could see clearly from where we were. The restaurant had a kitchen with solid walls and a roof but the seating was all outdoors with tables and chairs on a circular area at the end of the pier, with wooden slats for the floor and simple wooden railings at each side. As we looked over the edges and between the slats we could see jellyfish, stingrays and other amazing creatures below. A Mariachi band made up of four Indonesian men dressed as Mexicans were going from table to table serenading those eating, and as Ben and I got up to dance at one point I kicked my flip-flops off and almost lost them over the edge into the water! This painting (with a little artistic licence) is something of a recreation of the beauty of that evening. I remember the hills looking increasingly pointy as the colours in the sky deepened, and we could just about hear the waves crashing around rocks and lapping against the shore far behind us. The birds above our heads seemed to be shouting about the view for all to hear, and it was simply wonderful.
Oil on wooden board, framed and ready to hang.