LAKE ISTOKPOGA CYPRESS | Niki ButcherHighlands County © 2017
Photographic Story The southern end of Lake Istokpoga is one of our favorite places. Shortly after Clyde’s stroke, we took our cameras to the lake where we could sit and admire the beauty and also take pictures while we enjoyed the scenery. It was refreshing and uplifting to both of us to be in the serenity of nature after the drama of Clyde’s stroke. Of all the wonderful lake cypress surrounding us, I think I chose to photograph and hand-paint this one because of the simplicity of the composition. At the time it seemed as though our life together was getting complicated due to the stroke and seeing the simple lines was refreshing to me. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Photographed with a Sony digital camera and instead of oil painting with Q-tips and cotton balls, Niki was able to 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.