For many of us, especially on a Monday morning, coffee is a definite need, not just a treat. For Pittsburgh artist Gerard Tonti, coffee and tea are his preferred medium:
Those aren't just photos of tea and coffee, Tonti also uses them as paint, and says they give a rich color palette to his images.
"There are a lot of good artists out there, but you have to find your own unique twist on things," Tonti said recently. "I remember reading about Asian cultures, how use coffees and teas for stains of fabrics and other materials. It took years of alchemy and trial and error to figure out how to get the right blend, to keep the colors from fading."