~ featuring the art of Cia Williford of Briarwood Studio ~

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Celebrate...You are a gift from God (Mixed Media)

This is based on one of the classes in the fabulous art course "Art, Heart and Healing" by Tamara LaPorte. There's a link in my sidebar if you're interested in learning more.

I love this angel. :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mad Max: Cat Interlude #4, Thanksgiving

Max: So, what's this turkey thing I keep hearing about?

Me: Do you mean Thanksgiving? It's a day we set aside to give thanks for our many blessings.

Max: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Tell me about the turkey, tho.

Me: Well, part of the special meal that day is usually a big roasted turkey.

Max: A big roasted turkey, huh. Just how big is big?

Me: Big.

Max: Wow. * starts drooling*

Max: I get some, right?

Me: No.

Max: No?

Me: No.

Max: But...but...why? I bet you give the dog some.

Me: We're eating at my sister's. None of you will be getting any.

Max: Then take me with you. Please?

Me: No can do.

Max: I'll behave. I promise.

Me: Yeah, like you did that time I left my sandwich on the counter? Or the time you ate so much dog kibble you barfed?

Max: It was stomach flu. Really.

Me: Uh huh.

Max: Seriously. I'll be good as gold. All I want is a little turkey.

Me: Max, you never eat just a little anything. You're a pig.

Max: I resemble that remark.

Me: Yes, you do.

 Max: So, no turkey?

 Me: No turkey.
Max: *sigh* You've cut me to the quick. I hope your sweet potatoes shrivel.

Me: Go eat dog kibble, Max.

Max: Bah humbug.

**Max and I, as well as Tom, Kenzie, Chloe, Snuggles, Trouble, and Bridey the Bird, wish all of you a wonderful, safe, and loving Thanksgiving holiday. (And Max says save some turkey for him!)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

And here's the finished piece: Winter Whimsy

A Little Touch of Whimsy

New character done for my online art class. This one is done in a whimsical style. I'm also doing a snowman and the two of them will end up in a winter collage scene. (I'm not strictly following the class agenda as far as projects go.)

Hope you like this little one. I think she's rather cute.  (And I love her little boots!) :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Portrait - Much Better!

Now that I've had time to really digest what I learned in the first two class sessions of Art, Heart and Healing, I've attempted another portrait. This one, I think, is vastly superior to the last one. (I don't cringe when I look at this one.)

One thing I've learned for sure: when attempting to fill in dark eyebrows, DO NOT use a black sharpie pen. I repeat, DO NOT. Unless, of course, you're going for that strong dominatrix, wild-eyed look.

I was not.

Here then, is my much improved second portrait. I think she'll probably end up being collaged (is that a word??) into something. I'll post the finished product when it's done.

BTW, in class, we're starting on altering a board book. This should be fun!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rosa Greets Thanksgiving

My year-long odyssey with Rosa began last month. This month, we celebrate Thanksgiving together. I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year brings. I think she's becoming my muse. :)

Freeing the Artist Within?

Like many other creative friends here in blogland,  I'm taking Tam LaPorte's free online art class, Art, Heart and Healing. (There's a link in the left-hand sidebar.) It's a wonderful class, even for those of us who have questionable (and by that I mean pretty much non-existent) skills in drawing and painting, lol. And just to show my inner critic (who's cringing as I write this) that I'm bigger than she is, I'm going to show my work here on the blog.

Deeeeeeep breath.

Okay. Here I go.


Wait a sec.

Okay. Now I'm ready.

Are you ready?

Just checking.

*posts and runs* Here it is!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Meet Rosa, the Halloween Queen

One of my favorite sites for vintage images is The Graphics Fairy. On Saturday, Karen posted this image of what she called "a spooky old woman." 

And I agree that this woman's image lends itself well to a "witchy" treatment, hence this digital collage. :)

But I was so taken by this woman's face, which, to me, seems incredibly sad, that I immediately wanted to do something fun for her. (And yes, folks, I do realize she's no longer among the living!)

So, I have dubbed this long-forgotten woman Rosa, and Rosa and I are embarking on a year-long journey. For the next year, on every holiday starting with this Halloween, Rosa and I are going have a little photo fun. She gets to dress up for the holidays, and I get to help her do it. I hope that, were she alive, she'd be saying, "Oh, goody!"

So, meet Rosa, my Halloween Queen. You'll be able to track her progress through the year on the sidebar of this blog.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Trunk Show, Pumpkin Heads, and Greeting Cards...Oh My!

I'm taking part in a trunk show in September that will feature five local artists, each with their own specialties. Mine will be miniatures and paper arts (with a few clay projects thrown in for good measure!). Here's a sampling of what I've been working on:

 These pumpkin head ornaments are made of paper clay sculpted onto wooden bases. I call them the Dead Heads, but really they are Coed Wizard, Count Gourdula, and Monsieur Le Pumpkin. (Don't you love his little beret?) I hope to have time to make a few more, as well as some snowmen faces. A September show is prime holiday shopping time.

I also make original, mostly OOAK greeting cards. My work is mostly collage (either digital or physical, or a combination) using original, vintage and licensed art. I also use quotes from famous people, as well as original writings. Here are a few of the Halloween/Autumn cards I'm doing, plus the beginnings of a couple of Christmas cards. I love making these cards. Does it show?


So, these, along with my miniatures, are what's been keeping me busy. Hope your projects are going well this summer!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Mad Max: Cat Interlude #3

Me: Cat, where's the gift I made for my sister?
Mad Max: *opens one eye* Hmmm?
Me: I said, where's the gift I made for my sister?
Mad Max: *closes eye* I don't know what you're talking about.
Me: I left it right here on the counter next to my purse and I was only gone for a minute or two. Now, what did you do with it?
Mad Max: *yawns*
Me: You gave it to the dog, didn't you?
Mad Max: Why would I do that?
Me: Because you like her. You're always giving her things.
Mad Max: Hey, she's okay...for a dog.
Me: Don't give me that. You're in love with that dog. You follow her around. You rub noses with her. You sleep with her, for heaven's sake!
Mad Max: Like I said, she's okay...for a dog.
Me: Uh huh. We'll see about that. I'm going to go look in the dog crate.
*momentary silence*
Me: Guess what I found?
Mad Max: Do tell.
Me: My sister's present.
Mad Max: Was it in the dog's crate?
Me: No...it was in the dog's mouth.
Mad Max: Huh.
Me: I'll 'huh' you. Look at this thing! What am I supposed to tell my sister?
Mad Max: *yawns again* How about, 'It's the thought that counts?'
Me: *sigh* Cat, you give me a headache.
Mad Max: Human, it's what I live for.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Plaques for Craft Shows

Here are a few of the plaques I've been making lately for the two craft shows I have coming up this summer.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Father's Day Gift for the Marine in My Life

I've got two shows coming up this summer so I've been busy making cards, plaques, and other "artsy" things. *grin* I also made this for my Dad. It's an early Father's Day gift, something for him to hang on his door at the assisted living facility where he lives. Dad has Alzheimer's, so this plaque will serve double-duty: a reminder of a proud time in his life, and a helpful hint as to which room is his when he has trouble remembering that. Hey, you do what  you can. :)