We know our readers love hyper-realistic painting — those almost realer-than-real depictions of everyday life, captured in granular details that exceed the powers of normal vision. In our humble opinion, the technical art form is at its most divine when accented with conventional materials loaded with textures more anomalous than you’d ever expect. Exhibit A: honey. The ingredient best known for complimenting a cup of hot tea is a sensual marvel to behold, its viscous, golden, glittering form oozing and undulating at a sluggish yet elegant pace. No one knows this better than painter Mike Dargas.