10″ x 8″ 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 hiking on the island of Maui, Hawai’i, Martha spotted this owl and snapped a few quick photos of it through her strong telephoto lens. She crafted this image of the owl by working her photos together, first in a sketch, then in this watercolor batik on rice paper.