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I don’t ask for much but …or … in My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

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“I don’t ask for much but enough room to spread my wings” – I love this – and isn’t that the truth as an artist and as a person – all you need is room to spread your wings.

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While thinking of the quote, I painted the background loosely with soft body paints:  paynes grey, brilliant blue and yellow azo and then stenciled with green permanent using the What’s the point and Ornamental stencil.

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Stamping in white was done with a pigment ink pad -loved how it popped off the page. I should have heat set the stamped images though as it took forever to dry on the acrylic paint and I smeared it accidentally when adding the images. Markers were used on the images. The wings are chipboard wings which I found in one of my drawers …I have to use up some of my chipboard- I hoarded a lot of chipboard shapes thinking one day I will have the best opportunity to use it – hey but the best opportunity is now 😉

Here is a list of what I used

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  • JackieP Neal

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    way cool Nat! I always dig your palettes!! hugs “)

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Inspired by H.N. Werkman … or Creative Play

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Artist Quotes / Artist Inspiration, Monoprinting

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Remember the blogpost of my museum visit to the H.N. Werkman Exhibition in Groningen in The Netherlands? When Birgit and I came back from that trip, we were so inspired by Werkman’s artwork, that we went right into her studio and played. Instead of using a printing press we used a mono printing plate. I later continued playing and refining some of the Werkman inspired printing techniques in my own style at home.

This is the first print I made inspired by Werkman.

I call this “Man with hat between houses” :) LOL- titles are also inspired by Werkman- I loved that he just described what you see in his titles and it was kinda funny.

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The Werkman exhibition inspired me, because his prints talked to me. I love how simple shapes combined tell a story.

As you can tell- the following one was inspired also by The Netherlands trip :)

“Windmill with 5 sheep”

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Werkman worked with Stamps, Stencils, Paints and texture Tools – I loved the combination of these tools and media as that is what I use all the time too.

“Blue Skyline with watertower”

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I loved his color choices – He was very bold in his colors which as you know speaks to me too.

This print is inspired by my visit to Toledo, Spain.  “Passing on the Toledo Bridge”

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Most of all, Werkman was inspiring to me because he dared to try new things. He was a printer by trade…who wanted to be an artist, and he combined his knowledge of printing with experimenting with new and revolutionary techniques for prints. Amazing!

This last print I did was a bit tricky with all the different elements and I am not super happy with the colors- but still fun! “Lady Liberty on 4th July”. I learned a lot from experimenting with this.

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It is wonderful how a visit to a museum can expose you to artists you might not have known before and then give you a huge push to try something new and fun.

What did you see lately in a museum that inspired you?

Nat

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  • Deborah A. Pierro

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    Hi Nat. I really liked all of these prints. I think they turned out really well, especially since they are monoprints and you have to paint pretty fast. I really missed your regular blog posts, like this one!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Deborah! I will try to do more of blog posts like this one -it is just sometimes life gets in the way and we can’t do it all- but i love doing these kind of things and I am keeping your comment to heart and try more again :) Have a wonderful weekend!, Nat

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  • Cheryl Zacher

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    Very nice. I love the color pop, and the common sights we all see everyday. Also, the judicious use of white space. Looks like you nailed it!
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  • cheiron

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    Wow Nat these prints are AWESOME!!! I would love to see a class on this type of technique (hint, hint).

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Cheiron :) Yep – class is coming 😉 hint hint- LOL

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Artist Quote of the Week – Andy Warhol

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Artist Quotes / Artist Inspiration

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  • Denise

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    Love this quote. Thanks Nat.

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