Monday, January 30, 2012

New layout!

Hello all! Just a quick update tonight, I'm in the middle of housework & painting, so I'll keep it brief. I have changed my layout a hair and I'm pretty pleased with the results! I should have something to post later on tonight, but if I don't, my goal is to have something new tomorrow night! Check back guys, and until then, if you need anything customized, just holla:


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fab Foods: Southwestern Cheese Ball

Recently, I was asked to make a cheese ball for a ladies event at our Church's Conway campus. Since I had never made one before, I got online to see what all it included. After all my research, I put together a cheese ball of my own creation and it turned out to be pretty dang good! Since I like sharing good things, here's the recipe:

2-8oz pkg cream cheese (softened)
1 Tbsp. Butter
1 pkg (1/4c) taco seasoning
1/3c black bean & corn salsa
1 c shredded cheese
Nuts (pieces)

In a large bowl, mix softened cream cheese, melted butter, salsa, & taco seasoning w/ electric mixer. Once blended, add in shredded cheese & mix. Form into a ball (mixture will be very soft), and roll in nuts. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve w/ crackers or tortilla chips!

It makes a pretty big cheese ball, so there's plenty to share. It's really good! Enjoy!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Workin' hard!

Hey everybody! I promise I haven't fallen into a deep, dark hole! I'm working hard and getting some more pieces done so hopefully I will have something new very, very soon!! Keep checking back!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Leonetto Cappiello

Like a lot of people, I don't always know an artist by name. I know them by their art and THEN I figure out who they are. That's the same story with today's featured artist, Leonetto Cappiello. I actually have several of his posters (reprints, of course) in my office/art room because I love the vibrant colors he uses.

He has a very distinct, scrolly signature, and that's actually how I found him! You can always identify a Cappiello poster by that signature.

This is the first Cappiello I remember noticing. It's a very famous print and since I've become familiar with his stuff, I've seen this guy everywhere!

So who was Cappiello? Well, I did a little digging and found out a few things about him:

* He is often called "the father of modern advertising".

* He was the first artist to move away from the pale colored backgrounds of his day and use black for a background, which is what makes the colors pop like they do.

* He had no formal training. He started out as a caricaturist and eventually moved away from caricatures to the advertizing circuit.

* He was born in Italy in 1875 & died in France in 1942.

I've acutally never seen this one before, but I think I need to find it... It's lovely!

I have this one too!

Anyway, I could post pics all day, there's a TON of them on the internet. I'm very inspired by his work and also his innovation back in his day. I like it when people stretch their abilities outside the box and beyond what is the "going thing" at the time. Go check him out!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Soul Window

Please welcome my newest "eye-catching" piece! 

This 12" x 12" acrylic is entitled "Soul Window" and is available for purchase! If you're interested, please email me at, and as always, if you would like to order a custom painting, email me!