35″ x 22″ 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.
This triptych was commissioned by an art appreciator who viewed “Koi” on Martha’s website, and offered to purchase it but it had already been bought. This individual has a beautiful home on the island of Hawai’i, with a large wall which was in need of artwork—so she commissioned this 3 foot tall by 8 foot wide watercolor batik on rice paper (made up of three panels) from Martha.