LET’S DANCE | Niki Butcher© 1983
Photographic Story Clyde was going through my old images when he came across this one. I had created the image long ago when I first started hand-painting photographs. I was a ballet, tap, and modern art dancer as I was growing up. I’ve always loved music and dance, so when one of my daughters’ girlfriends, who was a ballerina, offered to let me borrow her shoes for the image, I was excited to be able to create what I had in my head. So, when Clyde showed the image to me I fell in love with it again, and so here it is for you to enjoy too. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Photographed with her film camera, Niki was able to scan the rediscovered negative and paint using Photoshop. Changing from the old-fashioned way of doing her art, to the new ‘fashion’ of using technology was challenging, but she’s enjoying getting back to her own personal expression. Archival Print Making Niki’s open edition gicleé artwork is printed on Sunset Bright Velvet Rag matte finish paper using eight archival inks. A state-of-the-art Epson Stylus Pro printer creates deep, rich dark values that hold subtle detail in the shadows as well as bright vivid colors that are truly tropical.