10.75″ x 13.25″ 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.
Knowing Martha enjoys painting birds, a friend from Australia mailed Martha a photo she took, with permission to paint from it, of what likely is a Blue Bonnet. Martha sketched the bird into a different composition and painted this watercolor batik on rice paper from her sketch and the photo.