24″ x 32″ 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.
“Cherry Tree in Full Bloom” was created from Martha’s memory, of visiting Washington D.C. in the Spring of 1981 with her two college roommates, and knowledge of trees. A dear friend of her’s was suddenly diagnosed with a grave illness, and with her in mind, Martha created this full sized sheet watercolor batik on rice paper with her heart focussed on the beauty and mystery of life. This painting has been reprinted in a book called “The Art of Pollination.”