LAZY DAZE | Niki ButcherEstero Island © 1990
Photographic Story I long for the tropical breeze of sitting under the shade of a palm and listening to the soft sound of the waves kissing the shore. I took this photograph on Estero Island before it became the major destination that it is today. This was part of a front yard that, today, is fenced off. But back when I took the photograph there weren’t many people on Estero Island, so all of the beach front property was open because it was a very relaxed atmosphere. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Niki prints her images on fiber-base black and white mat surface paper in the darkroom, then using Q-tips and cotton balls, she applies a thin coat of oil paint over the surface allowing the image to gently be seen through the oil paint. 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.