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

Black Cats and Gelli Printing – More art adventures with Kaiya

I am continuing to work remotely with my granddaughter via Zoom. This art adventure is based on gelli printing or printmaking using a gel plate, of which Kaiya has already mastered the basics. This time I decided to honor Kaiya’s two black shorthair cats who are the masters of their household in Olympia.

So I created several masks of the shapes of black cats and vases and sent the file to Kaiya’s mother. She printed them out so that Kaiya could use them also. We used these masks to create simple compositions of interiors. Basically the division between foreground and background was defined by using masking tape on the paper. The masks along with patterned stencils were created the scene via gelli printing. This method is related in concept to negative painting, since the first layer printed was solid black, which formed the basis for the black cats, vases and baseboards, as well as the background to everything else. Details like the cat eyes were added by brush.

I think our results are just beautiful! The one done with peacock colors is mine; Kaiya chose fall colors.