23″ 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.
White lotus flowers, floating in a pond at the Denver Botanic Gardens late one afternoon in June, inspired Martha to photograph them. This photograph was the source of this “All Colorado” Juror’s Choice award winning watercolor batik on rice paper.