More Cat Paintings finished and on exhibit too

As illustrated in my last post, I created a black cat-based gelli print/painting in a Zoom session with my granddaughter Kaiya. This inspired me to continue on with my cat theme. Again I used cat-shaped masks along with stencils to create acrylic prints with my gelli plate. These were further enhanced by painting areas that needed further tweaking or development. All of these creations reflect my interest in luxuriant color, simple shapes and repeating patterns.

So now I have a series of three finished. In September & October they were exhibited in Irving Art Association’s annual Animal Art Awards Exhibit. Now they have moved to MainStages222 in downtown Irving (222 E. Irving Blvd.), where they will be on view for six months. If you are interested in purchasing, contact me at sharongiles@gmail.com

So here’s the series (all are done on wc paper mounted on canvas):

Ghost in the Machine acrylic 12×16 $225

Cat Totem acrylic 16×12 $225

House Panthers acrylic 12×16 $225

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.