Myakka River State Park

Photographic Story I love flowers! My favorite saying is about flowers: “People from another planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things around us.” Iris Murdoch We had friends visit us from California in May and wanted to show them the beauty of Florida, so we took them to the Canopy Walk at Myakka State Park. It was a great day made even more wonderful by the abundance of wildflowers all around! I took many photos and chose this one to hand-paint. 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.

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