St. Petersburg, Florida
Photographic Story This was one hand-painted photograph where the color of the building is real. Yes, the Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach is really pink. The building is one of Florida’s outstanding historical pieces of architecture. The people referred to the hotel as the “Pink Lady” when it opened in 1928. After the sudden death of the owner, the hotel fell into disrepair until the Army purchased the building for a military hospital during World War II. Someone told me that the military painted it camouflage so it wouldn’t be visible by the enemy submarines off the coast. After the war, the hotel became vacant and covered with graffiti. It was scheduled for demolition until the community managed to save it. In 1972, the hotel was sold and after extensive renovation it has been updated to present day standards. It’s a beautiful hotel and a wonderful place to enjoy a vacation. 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.