Inspired by various batik post on Deb Ward's http://debwardart.blogspot.com/ and Sandy Maudlin's http://sandymaudlin.blogspot.com/ blogs, I decided to give this one a try. The photo is by Jane James and she had posted it on Watercolor Workshop several years ago and allowed the group members to use the photo. You may have seen several beautiful watercolors based on this photo by various artists. When I looked at the photo it seemed to cry out to be painted in watercolor batik style. It has taken me several months off and on to complete and somewhere along the way I seemed to loose track of my values but it is finally finished. I think I probably should have choosen a less complicated photo to practice watercolor batik but I do love a challenge. It is painted on rice paper and wax is used as a resist. Once the wax is ironed off of the painting you are left with a lovely transluent watercolor that has wonderful texture. You can click on the picture to see it larger.