~ featuring the art of Cia Williford of Briarwood Studio ~

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gearing up for An Artful Affair - Spring Version!

This April 27th marks the first time that I and a group of fellow artists are holding a Spring version of our annual fall show, An Artful Affair. We are really excited to be doing a show in the Spring!

I've been busy in the studio painting, printing, and sculpting. Here's a sample of what will be available at the show. If you are local, we would love to see you there.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I Choose Love

Every time something like the Boston Marathon bombing happens, I struggle to understand how someone can hate enough to want innocent people (children, for God's sake) to die. The enormity of that hate is staggering. At times, it threatens to overwhelm me, as if the weight of a thousand boulders was sitting on my heart.

Then today, I learned that an old high school classmate of mine has just been diagnosed with metastatic renal cancer. A cousin and a family friend recently had surgeries for breast cancer.

And, of course, there is the ever present struggle of helping my father on his journey with Alzheimer's.

Wow, the Universe knows how to throw its punches, doesn't it. And sometimes it takes everything I have to get back up and keep going in the face of all the pain.

But, it's not what life throws at us that defines our existence; instead, it's how we react to those moments that makes us who we are. I choose to react with love. I choose to celebrate good. I choose to get back up, even if it takes me all day and all night and every ounce of strength that I have left.

I choose life and happiness, friends and family. Most of all, I choose hope. With these, I can handle anything that comes my way.

What do you choose today?

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

**cross-posted at The Daily Goodbyes

Monday, April 15, 2013

Look to the Light

It's all we can do in the face of the needless and heart-wrenching violence we saw today at the Boston Marathon. As someone who feels things -- everything -- very deeply, it's easy for me to get pulled under by the overwhelming sadness of it all. I have to fight that tendency, and I do it by looking to the Light. Prayers and love to all those in Boston who have been touched by this horrific act.

A new painting, finished within minutes of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. She is dedicated to Boston, and everyone else who needs some Light.