Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Creative Art Workshops at the ARTery in Milford, PA

Join me on a Wednesday afternoon to create something beautiful.  Details and contact information are below. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Public Display of Art-fection

It's taken me a while to get a collection large enough to display in a restaurant, but I finally accomplished this goal.  I kept either selling pieces or making art quilts that were not under glass and so I didn't have enough to put in a restaurant.  I didn't want to hang open textiles in a restaurant and risk having them take on the aromas of the food served there.  Now I have enough pieces that are either varnished or framed and under glass to display them.  Want to see them??

Visit Cafe Metro in Denville, NJ and check them out.  Here's a little preview.  But, I recommend you go in person and enjoy the delicious fare there.

And now that the weather has turned a bit colder, I've taken to the indoors a bit more.  Even with the holiday bustle I have found time to put my next inspiration of fabrics on the design wall. Stay tuned for what turns up!

Feel free to leave a comment or question.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the holiday season!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gallery Reception Tonight !!!

I'm happy to announce that for the first time ever I am a featured artist at a gallery.  The opening reception is tonight from 6 - 9 PM.  I'd love to see you if you can make it to The ARTery at 210 Broad Street, Milford PA.  Art, Wine, Food, Music and You!

Here's a piece that I made just for the show - it has two sisters - come meet the triplets!

Hope to see you there.  As always, feel free to leave a comment and thanks for visiting.  Have a great day!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Some of my latest work

It's been a while and I have been busy enjoying the summer and making some decent progress in my studio.  I have decided that for my upcoming featured artist show in August, I should pick a theme.  I have been drawing feathers in my sketchbook for a while now, so I went with that.  I also can't help myself from making abstract work so there's some of that too.  Man, Random Acts of Piece is the perfect name for my studio.

Here's the goods.

18" X 18" mounted on gallery wrapped canvas

Hand-dyed cottons, snow-dyed vintage linens, batiks, silk, upholstery and cross weave.  This piece was inspired by the multicolored batik that creates a strip across the center.

Some close ups.

Snow dying vintage linens is a lot of fun.

A friend gave me this scrap of upholstery.

Here it is mounted on canvas and wired up to hang,

This feather is made of snow dyed fabric and batik.  It is mounted on a 12" X 24" canvas that I painted with acrylics and varnished.

I did some free motion quilting.

another close up.

This feather was quilted and facing finished.  It is stitched to a background that I made from a pile of vintage inn scraps that I stitched together, quilted and then dyed with teal dye.  The silk came out a bit green but I like the overall effect.

Each vintage linen has it's own dye value and texture so it really makes the background interesting.

And, here is the random small piece.  I named it Madras, after those popular summer plaids.  It's 6" X 6" and mounted on a 3/4 " birch cradle board.  

Thanks for checking out the blog.  Hope to see you at the ARTery in Milford, Pennsylvania.  My reception is on August 12th from 6 - 9.  Wine, food, art, music and artists - come join us!

Feel free to leave me any comments or questions.  Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Upcoming Workshop

Creative Art Workshop
Thursday, August 3rd 6:45 – 9:00 PM
The ARTery
210 Broad St. Milford, PA


Instructor: Claude Larson from Random Acts of Piece Studio

Join us for a Thursday Night art workshop and create your own unique artwork!  All materials will be provided and each person will create their own 6” X 24” piece based on their choice of color preferences, paint and design selections.  You will be guided through several processes for painting and finishing that will reflect your personality.  There will be several samples but you are invited to create your own design.

Please sign up at the ARTery or call 973-271-4718.  You can also email me at

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mixed Media Yin Yang - Peace and Harmony

I've posted a few Yin Yang pieces on earlier posts, but I decided to post this one because it is much bigger than the others, measuring 24" X 24" and it was inspired by the red and gold colors I saw at the Chinese New Year's Parade in New York City's Chinatown this past January.

I started by creating an underlayer of painted papers, security envelope pieces, and book pages.  Then I gave it a coat of clear gesso because I forgot to put the white gesso on at the beginning.  I love how the clear gesso can save me when I need it.

I followed with a transparent coat of magenta and red paints from Golden and Amsterdam.  Then gave it another coat of red to really bring out the deeper red that I wanted on the piece.

Although the stencil is on top of this, you can clearly see the collage layer and variation it creates in the red paints.

I cut the stencil from cardstock paper that I taped together because I didn't have anything large enough.  Finding something big enough to draw a large circle was a bit tricky but finally, I used a ruler and held one end in place, put a pencil in one of the holes that are there in case you want to put it in a 3-ring binder and used it like a compass.  The medium circles were made from a dish, which also took some trial and error.  The smallest circles were easy. I used a circle cutter from a scrapbook thing.  And Voila!

Once the stencil was cut and taped in place, I used a metallic champagne craft paint - two coats.  I like this color because you can add a wash and give it almost any metallic color you want.

Here it is with a wash of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold - I love that color.  It makes everything so vibrant and warm.  and I started playing with some collage for the corners here.  I used dictionary pages with the terms peace on one and added a Chinese character for peace in the sense of serenity and balance.  On the top dictionary page, I used the dictionary entry for harmony.  I added some paper that I had printed using a Gelli Plate and some chocolate candy wrappers - because what else says peace and harmony like chocolate??  Nothing.



So here is the final piece.  It has a nice gold finish with the quin Gold wash and it is currently hanging in The ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA.  If you're in the area, I recommend you stop by.  There's a lot of nice work there and the theme this month is a burst of color.

Thanks for checking out the blog.  Feel free to leave a comment or question.  I wish you a day filled with peace, harmony, and balance. (remember to work and play!)