NAKED SPRING JOURNEY 1 | Niki ButcherRuth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park © 2017
Photographic Story The springs of north Florida are turquoise gifts to us humans. Just seeing the crystal-clear turquoise waters flowing through a deep green environment is an other-worldly feeling. Naked Spring is one of the springs that flow into Gilchrist Blue Springs, which we first visited while it was up for sale. A water bottle company wanted to purchase it, but thankfully, the state saw the value in the beauty and purchased the property for a State Park. Put this one on your bucket list! 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.