Watercolor & Lines – Art adventures with Kaiya

The pandemic has limited our traveling and I have missed my time with my young granddaughter Kaiya, who lives in a state over a thousand miles away. Along came Zoom with many possibilities for virtual family time, and we are now taking advantage of it. It’s not as good as being there, but we can still do creative things together.

So we are having Artsy Time a couple of times a month. Kaiya is already a wonderful artist, and anything she learns, she takes and puts her own creative vision on it.

For the last couple of sessions, we have been inspired by a wonderful YouTube artist Creations CeeCee. She works with watercolor and a variety of pens, and her designs are simple, beautiful, and graphic.

For our first foray into watercolor & pens, we tackled a simple vase of flowers in a vase. The design of the flowers is flat, but they are enhanced with lines made by Posca paint pens — gold lines around the flowers, and white lines on the vase, plus white dots in the floral centers.

Kaiya’s flowers in a vase
Sharon’s flowers and vase

For our next art adventure, we did watercolor mountains with lines. Again just simple landforms with decorative striping and gold accents.

Kaiya’s mountains
Sharon’s mountains

As you can probably tell, I like my color bold and bright, and Kaiya likes hers serene and pastel. (Maybe my aging vision has something to do with this, hah.)

What will be our next art adventure? Stay tuned! Plus I’ll try to catch up with our past creations too.

About sharongilesart

A former medical librarian and online researcher, I have always been interested in art. There's two major parts to my life: the artistic side and the techie side. ​ My artistic training includes basic courses in college and local classes with with prominent artists: Cecy Turner, Naomi Brotherton, Maureen Brouillette, etc, Plus numerous workshops with local and nationally-known artists. ​ My art interests include water media, collage, mixed media, marbling and printmaking (usually with a gelli plate.) I've also experimented with oils, encaustics, and pastels. I've taught classes and workshops in my major interests. ​ I've been awarded Signature Status from the Society of Watercolor Artists, Southwestern Watercolor Society, and the Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition. My artwork has also won numerous awards in local competitions. ​ My artwork has been on exhibit in such venues as the Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, Fort Worth Central Library, UNT Health Science Center Atrium Gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Center Gallery, Irving Arts Center, the Eisemann Center Gallery, and many others. ​ As a librarian, I was fortunate to be immersed in information technology from the beginning of the digital age. I worked primarily as a database searcher for libraries in the University of Texas System: Southwestern Medical Center and UT Arlington. When the internet age dawned, I taught basic HTML to help people create web pages.Then over time, I replaced coding wth more sophisticated front ends for programming (like Wordpress). ​ I'm currently the webmaster (along with Nancy Friedel) for ArtNewsDFW.com, a visual arts resource for the North Texas area. The website is devoted to news of art events hosted by nonprofit visual art groups in the North Texas area plus news about local artists. Find out about exhibits, meetings, art instruction, art festivals, and opportunities for artists. You can also subscribe to daily or weekly email newsletters for free. We also have a Facebook page, a Facebook group and a Twitter feed (@artnewsdfw). I am the longtime webmaster for the Irving Art Association. I have also provided web support for the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth, the Southwestern Watercolor Society in Dallas and Texas Visual Art Association (TVAA) in Dallas.
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