8″ x 10″ Watercolor Batik
These beautiful paintings are created on fine Japanese rice papers (the thicknesses of which are only between 11 – 34 gauge), instead of fabric, which is used in traditional batiks. Additionally, watercolors are used instead of dyes, with a wax resist, allowing beautiful translucent colors (along with rich vibrant hues which are built up with multiple layers of watercolor), to show throughout the paintings. This method of painting takes about five times the amount of time it would take to create a standard watercolor painting.
A month after Martha completed “Swan,” she travelled to Hawai’i to visit her son, and they went to the Buddhist Temple on the island of Oahu. There, she saw and photographed a small team of black swans, which were the inspiration for this watercolor batik on rice paper.