33″ x 39″ 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 in the Grand Tetons in Fall, Martha photographed this scene just west of the east entrance to the national park. She eliminated the road leading into the park from her composition, then, over a month’s duration, created this large and moving watercolor batik on rice paper.