Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Paper Chase by Delaine Walters

Art Central Gallery presents “The Paper Chase”, works on paper by artist Delaine Walters. The show and sale will be available at the gallery through June 30, 2018.

Some of these works are batiks on rice paper.  This paper is a thin tissue with fibers embedded and is deceptively strong.  It can stand up to the wax, paint and heat of the batik process.

Delaine values this paper for its airy softness and texture.  She says, “When I think of batik paintings, I feel softness and I see texture.”  The artist’s response involves all of the senses.

The batik process is exciting for Delaine because of the element of surprise.  Delaine explains:  “I draw the pattern on the smooth side of the rice paper with a waterproof pen. Then I wax out the areas that will remain white.  When the wax cools I add watercolor.  After 6-8 more layers of wax and watercolor, the pattern gets lost and I continue on instinct.  At the end, the entire piece of rice paper is covered with wax.  As I iron out the wax, the magic happens!  My planning and careful attention almost always end with a surprise.”

Other pieces in this exhibit are watercolors on handmade paper.  “The Paper Chase” is on display at the gallery, 130 Central Avenue, 10 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday.  Meet the artist at a reception on Third Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5-8 pm. For more information visit