~ featuring the art of Cia Williford of Briarwood Studio ~

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Come to An Artful Affair!

Okay, these are so cute I can hardly stand it. Mini bookmarks and angel cards! These will be available at An Artful Affair on Saturday, October 1st. Those of you in the southwestern PA area, please come by to visit our artists. We'd love to see you!
More info:  An Artful Affair

Oops, almost forgot to show you the back of the mini bookmarks! It's probably my favorite part. :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

One More Face

Okay, one more practice face then I'll move on to other things...promise!

This one is a study in green and peach, very simple. (It's very overcast today, so the lighting is awful.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


We're currently practicing faces in Jane Davenport's Supplies Me class (see left sidebar for link). Here's some of my sketches.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friends Share: Giraffes, Too!

My little giraffe painting is done. It's a much simpler painting than I usually do, and there's no collage elements at all, but I'm liking the simplicity. I just need to decide if I want to mount this on wood, or mat it for framing. I'm leaning toward the latter.

On this sad day

This is a work-in-progress. On a day filled with so many sad memories, I felt compelled to paint something happy.  I will be *very* happy if this makes someone smile.

Life goes on, but we will never forget.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New Class!

I'm becoming an online-art-class junkie, I think. Can't help it. I love learning, I love making art, and I love the fact that these classes can be done at my own pace, as time and real life permit. (I'm a night owl, so being able to do homework at 3:00 in the morning is wonderful!)

My latest class, one which I'm enjoying immensely, is Jane Davenport's Supplies Me Workshop. As Jane says,

It’s for anyone who has bought lovely
art supplies and hardly used them.
It’s for anyone who loves drawing
pretty faces ( or wants to learn how!).
It’s for anyone who needs a break
from the craziness of the world.

In other words, it's perfect for me! (Who hasn't bought art supplies, brought them home, and then never used them because we weren't quite sure what to *do* with them?)

Anyway, here are my homework assignments from the first week. We were striving for a great deal of texture underneath a layer of gesso, then creating on top of that. One thing I learned from the lesson: art pens do not work well on texture. Too bumpy! I stuck to pencils after that.

Friday, September 2, 2011


This painting has been bouncing around in my head for a while. I'm a firm believer in celebrating the good things in life, and friends are, by far, one of the very best things to celebrate...whether they're two-footed, four-footed, feathered or furred.

The painting is entitled, "Friends Come in all Sizes!"

Here's to all my friends, online and off: I appreciate each and every one of you!