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Manitowoc County Artist Profile: Patty Aker of Cleveland excels at art of silk painting

12:54 PM, Apr. 13, 2013
Silk painter Patty Aker poses with two pieces in her collection at her home studio in Cleveland.
Silk painter Patty Aker poses with two pieces in her collection at her home studio in Cleveland.
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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." ...

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