33″ x 27″ 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.
While Martha and a friend were driving about 8 o’clock in the morning through the Grand Tetons to start a hike in the drizzling rain, they heard bugling from a field to the left of their car. After rolling down their windows a bit and quickly pulling the car to the road’s right shoulder, they spotted the adult bugling elk and then heard a response from behind a thicket to their right. Calmly getting out of their car as the rain tapered off, then taking photographs of the elk on their left, they noticed their subject beginning to advance toward them. Snapping photos all the while, the elder elk, with a large rack, approach their car (which they hid behind), strode four feet in front of the car, then increased its pace as it moved toward the challenger’s bugling.