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.

CATS CATS CATS – new video of my artwork

Hello, I’m back again!

“Foxy Kitty” monotype in Akua inks on paper

This year I have devoted myself to learning new virtual skills, particularly creating art videos for my Youtube channel. I’ve learned first how to create slideshows in iPhoto and iMovie, and I’ve mastered the basics of how to use iMovie to create content on Youtube. This is actually my second video.

Check out my new Youtube channel SHARON GILES ART and subscribe! It’s free.. My goal is to add a new video every week!

A portion of my artwork focuses on my love for animals, particularly cats. I have been fascinated with cats since I was very young — had my first official pet at age five, a Burmese-Siamese cat named Tanny (an appropriately descriptive name.) My father was a cat fancier with a cattery named Re-Ru, after my mother and my father. Unfortunately, he sold my cat and broke my heart, but we had plenty of other cats so I never lacked in that department. (I forgave him since he gave me $15 as my money from the sale!)

The video includes most of my cat art, but not every piece since not all art that I create is worth sharing. Yes, we all have those. The art was created in a range of media, since I have explored many over the years. Most are acrylic, but there are representatives of Suminagashi, watercolor, gelli printing and other printmaking. marbling, and mixed media.