Silk painter Patty Aker poses with two pieces in her collection at her home studio in Cleveland.
Patty Aker paused, head bent over a swath of creamy silk, her paintbrush delicately sweeping a wash of peacock blue onto the material.
The Cleveland artist swirled the brush into a jar of water, then went over the blue she had just painted on the silk. The effect was instantaneous - the water blurred the intense azure, suffusing the color as it spread.
Sometimes the paint goes on straight out of the jar; other times, she mixes it with water. It's a natural part of her silk painting, art she calls "most forgiving. I don't mix the colors before I put them on," Aker explained. "I mix colors on the silk." ...