Key West, Florida
Photographic Story Spending time in Key West photographing is always fun…there is so much to photograph! When I came across Pepe’s Cafe and found out it was established in 1909 and was the oldest cafe in the Florida Keys, I had to take a photo. Just as I released the shutter a fellow rode by on a bike! I couldn’t believe my luck, because bicycles are a symbol of Key West too. 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.