~ featuring the art of Cia Williford of Briarwood Studio ~

Monday, May 28, 2012

Midnight Owl

I was quite fond of the owl I did in the piece "When Things Go Bump in the Night" so I painted one on its own. Not quite sure if it's done yet, but something is telling me to keep it simple.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thumbelina: Finished

The painted version of Thumbelina. :)


Had to take a break from doing faces for the 29 Faces in May Challenge. I love how this turned out. I used one of the newer stencils from Artistcellar and I love the subtle effect it gave me in the background.

One thing I've definitely discovered this month is that I really don't like having my creativity confined to one theme or subject. It's hard for me to reign in my work that way.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thumbelina...in a cup

Thumbelina in a Cup...a little strange I know, but who am I to argue with my Muse? (That's my excuse, anyway, lol.) I plan to paint this one. I think it would be cute in a child's bedroom.

E is for Elephant

I'm officially adding elephants to my list of things that are hard to draw. Baby faces, however, are still at the *top* of that list. :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another Face (imagine that)

One more for today: another hand-drawn, scanned and digitally altered piece.

The Librarian

Sometimes I like to switch over to digitally enhancing hand-drawn work, simply because it uses a different part of the brain and, well, sometimes you need a change. This gal (who, for some strange reason, I think of as "The Librarian") was hand-sketched, scanned, and then digitally altered.

This is another face for the 29 Faces in May Challenge.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Metallic Madonna

I drew this angel/madonna the other day for 29 Faces in May and was able to get around to painting it today. Everything was painted by hand except for the light spot in the right corner. That was added digitally.

Celebrate the Gifts

Today's piece is serving double duty: it's my face for the 29 Faces in May Challenge, as well as my painting for Week 19 of LifeBook 2012.

In LifeBook, Tam's lesson was about honoring the present, with a focus on using lettering and words in our mixed media.

My "stepping off" point for this painting was thinking about my Dad's Alzheimer's: how much it has affected my life, and how much it has taught me about living. I've learned that even with the stress and pain and heartbreak, there is always something to be thankful for...even if it's just a simple kiss on the check, or a remembered name, or a hand gently held.

This piece is so very special to me. Incorporated in the background (which you can't see anymore) are the following words, which came to me as I contemplated doing this piece:

To find beauty in the midst of incredible pain is to understand the meaning of God.

To find beauty in the midst of incredible sorrow is to understand the meaning of Love.

To be thankful for all of it -- the pain, the sorrow, and the beauty -- is to understand the meaning of Life.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Another Owl, A Winter Miss

Two more pieces to post for the 29 Faces in May Challenge. I'm not even sure how many I've done so far, so I'll have to check that one of these days. :)

The Winter Miss was hand-drawn, then I digitally added the background and other embellishments.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Waiting: New Face

This is a WIP. I still need to do something with the background, and work on the window frame to make it look more like wood. The main portion is pretty much done, though.

Had a rough time with this painting as half way through working on it, I accidentally switched from watercolor pencils to regular, wax-based pencils. Made a bit of a mess. :)  I ended up using acrylics over some of the worst spots to help with the blending. Overall, I think she came out pretty well.

This is a new face for the 29 Faces in May Challenge.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mothers and Daughters

I've been thinking a lot about Mothers and Daughters lately. My Mother's birthday is tomorrow; she would have been 78.  Also, Mother's Day is next Sunday. I guess that accounts for all the ruminations. Anyway, this piece is part of my 29 Faces in May Challenge, but it's also an homage to Mother's and Daughters everywhere (thinking of you especially, Missy and Barbara, my Song Bird). I'm also including a poem I wrote not long after Mom passed away. I was taking a walk and felt her all around me. It was very comforting.

Angels Among Us

by Cia Williford

If it wasn't you in the fragrant breeze
that left me high, with weakened knees,

if it wasn't you in the summer skies,
blazing through my shielded eyes,

if laughter bubbled deep inside,
if poetry had come alive,

if my heart felt joy...but it wasn't you,

then someone else must love me,

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Baby Faced Angel

Why are baby faces so hard?

I've never attempted one before. They're intimidating. But since I'm using the 29 Faces in May Challenge as a motivator to try new things, I thought I'd attempt a baby face.

Lots of erasing went on in this drawing. Lots. But it's done, and I'm glad I did it. Hopefully, the next one won't be so difficult.

You Don't Say

New face for the challenge (well, two, if you count the Ladybug!).  I call this piece, "You Don't Say" as they look like they are having a very intense conversation. : )

Friday, May 4, 2012

Owl Sketch for 29 Faces Challenge

I'm planning to a lot of pencil sketches during this 29 Faces in May Challenge because I really want the drawing practice. I hope to be able to push myself to try drawing new poses, new subjects, etc. to really stretch myself this month.

This entry is two faces for the price of one! I love the little guy. May have to do something with him in the future.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

29 Faces Challenge

Because I need more stress in my life (ha!), I've decided to take part in the 29 Faces ChallengeWe have 31 days to make 29 faces, any medium, size, or technique, finished or not. Seeing as it's already the 2nd of May, I'm already behind a day. What else is new, lol?

Seriously, tho, I love the idea of challenging myself to produce these faces for 29 straight days, because I'm absolutely not going to obsess about the final product, just the process. And if I miss some days because of client needs, or Dad's Alzheimer's, or just plain ol' tiredness, well, then I miss a few days. I'm not going to let stress ruin my fun. (I'm not!)

So here's entry #1. A quick-ish portrait of a young woman. We're off and running!