Thursday, October 30, 2014

ARTWORK by JoJo: The Secret Garden

What I love most about commissioned pieces is the creativity the client brings to the project.
Their own personality, strengths, likes... and dislikes.

And then... the process of combining all that together along with a color palette they have chosen...
resulting in the final work.

Here is my latest commissioned piece, entitled "The Secret Garden".

Acrylic on 30" x 40" Canvas | The Secret Garden

This very special client wanted something soothing and peaceful. A piece that would compliment their Texas country surroundings, but take into consideration her collection of antique Victorian artwork along with their newly built home.

This is going to be stunning in an antique wood frame!

Go HERE to see more Artwork by JoJo.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BAKING: Boo Bark

Everything seems to be closing in at warp speed.

My busiest time of the year, just seems to be getting a little busier.
Sorry, for my recent absence.... but, we had some family health issues that were at the priority of our days.... and nights. And even though I LOVE to paint and create, my family comes first. I'm sure y'all can understand. But, praise the Lord..... all is better than what we could have imagined!

So, back to business!

My friend posted a link on her FB page that contained a recipe for Halloween Candy Bark found here at Just a Taste. I decided to give it a shot for some of our lovely neighbors.  I altered a few things from the original recipe. I mixed bittersweet chocolate chips with milk chocolate chips. Plus, I added toasted pumpkin seeds. But, the great thing is.... you can add any candy... and ingredients. Have fun!

This was my take. I call them Boo Bark!


BOO BARK
Ingredients:
3 cups of bittersweet and milk chocolate chips
Kit Kat Bars
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Quartered
M&M's minus the blue ones
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds 
Candied Boo Eyes


1. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet over a medium flame until they begin to brown and start to pop. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. Line baking sheets with wax or parchment paper.

3. Melt the chocolate chips in either a double boiler or a microwave.
I did mine in the microwave, just don't over cook. It took my chocolate about 1 minute and 35 seconds and then I mixed the chips until they were all melted and the mixture was smooth.

4. Pour melted chocolate on baking sheets.
With a spatula, spread the chocolate evenly about 1/4" thick.

5. Start placing the candy, boo eyes, and pumpkin seeds into the chocolate.
I pressed the items a little into the chocolate.
The chocolate will start to firm up a bit, so this step should be done quickly.

6. Place the baking sheets into the fridge for 30-40 minutes until the chocolate hardens completely.

7. Carefully peel the wax paper away from the chocolate and place on a cutting board.

8. Cut the bark into pieces.

9. Place pieces in an air-tight container until they can be packaged and enjoyed!



This is how I festively packaged them for our neighbors.

I love how you can see the eyes peeking at you from the container.

 


Do you have plans to make any special treats for friends?
I'd love for you to share with me.

Happy Boo-Day, friends!

Friday, October 24, 2014

GLAMOROUS FALL SALE

It's autumn... it's fall.... it's time for a SALE!

Lost... antiques in the Dallas Design District is having a sale starting today!

From Friday, October 24th through Sunday, November 2nd, you can find items up to 50% off.
Go check out the many fabulous finds available at this store!

Here is a peak inside the Floor 24 Designs space:

20% off merchandise
30% off ALL Artwork by JoJo

My booth at Lost...antiques in the Dallas Design District.

Have a FANTASTIC FRIDAY, friends!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ARTWORK by JOJO: Islands in the Stream

I love that song.

Kenny and Dolly.... perfection.

Just like blue and pink on a canvas.

Perfection!

Acrylic on 36" x 36" Canvas | Islands in the Stream

Have a wonderful day, friends!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ARTWORK by JOJO: Large Abstracts

I recently received a request for some neutral pieces in larger sizes than what I currently have available. 

I aim to please... so, I have been working on these puppies and I am very thrilled with the outcome.

Acrylic on 36" x 60" Canvas | The Look of Love

Acrylic on 36" x 60" Canvas | Glory Days

Acrylic on 36" x 60" Canvas | Every Breath You Take

They look so wonderful in my home.... I'm tempted to keep them!

Here they are standing against my kitchen counter in a state "drying"... don't they look fantastic?!


These pieces are currently on hold for a client, but I will update if they become available.
In the meantime... for current available pieces see my Artwork by JoJo page HERE.

Now the next round will be even larger canvas sizes: 48" x 60"!
Happy HUMP Day, friends!
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