Photographic Story Located next door to Joanie’s Crab Shack on Tamiami Trail, “Alligator Fritters” is a sign referring to Joanie’s. It was a great sign, but the building needed some color so I hand-painted the image to create a colorful presentation. The bike just happened to be in the foreground so that helped the composition. 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.