The Crucible – Canvas

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Acrylicpaints, Altered Art

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I love living in this old Pencil Factory. There is always something new to discover when you walk around here. You see old chimneys, walkways that connect the buildings, old safes in the basement, screws and bolds, and traces of times long forgotten. Recently I found some old office chatter  publications from 1927  from the old factory in the Public Library. You wouldn’t believe the things they used to write about colleagues and bosses . Pretty Mean – I am glad that doing this in print is not acceptable anymore.

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I wish I could ask Mrs Heather about the red and white onions though…I have no idea what the wow-factor could possibly be.

Reading these things make me always wander off in my thoughts- all the stories that are part of these buildings. I find it fascinating.

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These and my own stories that I connect with those buildings go through my head while I am painting. It makes me feel connected with them.

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Here is a supply list of what I used in the painting:

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Wishing you a day that is filled with awesome stories :) 

 

Nat

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Fabulous painting Nathalie! And I love the post! geesh- some people can be very rude indeed!
    What fun it must be to live in such a building- I envy you for your city life!! hugs Jackie

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Yes, I like to make up stories for the folks who used to be in an area where I am now. Beautiful canvas and the story-making reminds me of The Whatevers. Have a brilliant day:-)

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Kickstarter Campaign for Gentrification Exhibition

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

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‘gentrification’ is an audio-visual exhibition opening on January 10, 2015 at 313 Gallery in Jersey City, NJ and I am part of it :)

It is a show about the changing social and economic landscape of Jersey City. For the exhibit, Jersey City artists  use recorded audio interviews with locals as a basis for new work exploring the virtues and detriments of the inevitable ‘gentrification’ of Jersey City.

Of course in order for this show to be successful, we need audio equipment. In this KickStarter Campaign we ask for your support in order to make this happen. We need 650 Dollars. Here is the video with the pledge:

Any donations exceeding the goal will go towards creating an exhibition catalog. Any proceeds exceeding 1000$ will go towards a local charitable organization TBA.

Participating artists include:

Narciso Espiritu

Nathalie Kalbach

Norman Kirby

Gabriella Perez

Sam Pullin

Fabricio Suarez

Sarah Veloso

Olivia Wilber

It would be wonderful if this would work out – maybe you would like to add a little token to it :) I will keep you updated on the process of the painting and the exhibition itself – maybe you are in the area and want to come and see/hear it .

Thank you and have a gorgeous day

 

 

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Looks like an interesting experience to be a part of.

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No ONE Way to Art … or In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Acrylicpaints, Art Journal

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There is no one way to art, there is many ways, there is YOUR way!

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I was experimenting a bit with a different color combination here and I really like the outcome.

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I used Liquitex Soft Body Paints: Titanium White and Mars Black to mix a grey, and mixed the Bright Blue with the Titanium White to mix a lighter blue. I also added Iridescent Bright Gold to the page. I love how it came out.

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I did sculpt the plants a bit with the brush – most of the background texture however comes from the masking tape that was layered to the paper.

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Here is the supply list

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I am using grey a lot lately- is that a color that you often use?

Nat

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  • muriel

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    Aaah, love love love! At first I thought you’d been using a stencil for your plants! The colour combo is so great! I hardly ever use grey or if I do I often end covering it with more intense colours. I’m sure you had a great time doing this.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thanks muriel– LOL- nope no stencils used. And yes, as you I usually tend to be drawn to the more intense colors- but this was fun!

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  • Laura S

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    I too thought you were using a stencil. I love how this page turned out!! It’s really beautiful. I love the colors especially that pop of gold. I am going to have to play with this palette!! I think you need to lay this one down on canvas :)

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      mmmhhhh- on canvas- that is a really good idea I think I will try this soon. Thanks for triggering that idea, Laura ;)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    This page is so different for you and I love it.
    I never use grey and I love these colors together.
    Thanks for the reminder to try something completely different!

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  • Miae

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    Just breezing through blogs and this totally caught my eye! I’m so attracted to the background colors with the pops of white….do I use grey? Not very much on my layouts but I love it elsewhere. My whole livingroom is painted a warm grey against white….yum!

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    Nathalie Kalbach

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    sounds like you like grey a lot- I am sure it will find it’s way soon on a layout too :))) thank you for leaving a comment, nat

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