Inspirational Video

Mario Robinson speaks the “Truth”

Some of you might remember my friend Mario A. Robinson who was part of Creative JumpStart in 2016.

This 10 min video of him by Jesse Brass is just beautiful:

Truth from Jesse Brass on Vimeo.

“The real power of art, is the ability to galvanize and organize all those pigments and materials, and pour a soul into it.” Mario A. Robinson

What a wonderful human being and super talented person he is!

If you are into Watercolor – check out his great book “Realistic Watercolor”:

Hope this inspired you – have a gorgeous day!

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  • JoAnn

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    Wow!!! Beautiful – I love his work.

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Jumping with Pam Carriker – A Video Conversation

A couple days ago I had a great chat with Mixed Media Artist Pam Carriker. We talked about why it seems that a lot of Mixed Media Artists decided later in life to become artists, what a day in the life of Pam looks like, why she loves to combine wet and dry paint media and her thoughts on how substituting art supplies adds a little bit more of you into your work.

Jumping with Pam Carriker from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Join Pam Carriker and 26 other Mixed Media Artists at Creative JumpStart 2017 – register here!

Hope you enjoyed our conversation ! Have a wonderful day

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  • Nathalie

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    I need to reach you on your email but I don’t have your email address. Could you please send it me? I still cannot log in. It does not recognize either my ID or my password. I really need help to be able to attend the Mayfair workshop. Could you possibly help me find a way to start over with my account
    and change it?

    Thank you for your help.

    Vicki Sheppard

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Dear vicki you did not seem to have ever signed up for the class! If that is indeed the case you simply have to purchase it and sign up and create new user account when you check out . If you have purchased the class and my assumption you haven’t is wrong contact me through the contact form let me know your transaction number or order confirmation number, so I can help you from there! You are talking in one of your comments about a “Mayfair ” workshop ! I am not sure if you might be onnthe wrong website? This is Creative Jumpstart not Mayfair. Hope we can sort it out but not through comments!

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  • Vicki

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    This is not helpful. When I go to log in it says either have the wrong email address or the wrong password. Is there a way I can create a new account?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      The first question isvhave you even signed up for Creative Jumpstart? If not, you purchase it and create an account during sign out! If you have purchased it and have problems please email me , go to the Me section and go to contact me! Do not leave your personal information for everyone to see on the comment section. I will reply to your email during businesses hours and I am happy to help you through the process but first check if you purchased cjs! Best, nat

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  • Vicki

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    I am interested in creative jump for 2017 but I am n0t sure on a couple of things. I guess it has already stated and I just heard about it just to day. How would I catch up? Do I understand correctly that I will have free access to all video?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Vicki, yes it started but you can watch all videos either on the side until November 2017 or download ALL the videos once you are in to keep forever. (you have to download them also until November 2017. You can also still win all giveaways- if you are commenting and signing up before the end of January :) We would love to have you!

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      • Vicki

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        OK, here’s the problem. Every time I try to log in I am being told the my email is wrong. It is the only email I ever had so that is one problem. Can I possibly create a whole new account but with the emaiL
        addreass I have always had. IF SO, HOW CAN I DO IT?

        sincerely,
        vICKI sHEPPARD

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        • Nathalie Kalbach

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          could you please email me – so I see your email address and see if you have been a user before? Thank you :) Nat

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Jumping with Gwen Lafleur – A Video Conversation

Last week I had a wonderful time chatting with Gwen Lafleur. We talked about her inspiring travels, why creativity likes constraints and how she incorporates creating daily after working a full-time job.

Jumping with Gwen Lafleur from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Join Gwen Lafleur and 26 other Mixed Media Artists at Creative JumpStart 2017 – register here!

Hope you enjoyed our conversation ! Have a wonderful day

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Jumping with Cat – A Video Conversation

This week I had the pleasure to do a video interview with artist Catherine Scanlon. Cat answers some questions on what her creative process is, what she likes to mix and match in her artwork, gives a hint what she has done in her Creative Jumpstart Video and even shows a little sneak preview of her upcoming stamp release!

Join Cat and 26 other Mixed Media Artists at Creative JumpStart 2017 – register here!

Hope you enjoyed our conversation ! Have a wonderful day

Nat

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  • Dotti

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    I am so excited about the 2017 CJS! Hard to wait ’til it gets here!

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What Would You Do If Money Was No Object? What would you desire?

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Love this video – very thought provoking

What would you do?

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  • Peggy

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    I love this.. I heard this many years ago. It just makes sense.

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I could do that …Or An Art Curator Explains Why You Couldn’t

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A couple weeks ago I posted on my n*Studio Facebook page this video by the Art Assignment/PBS about an art curator explaining why she thinks, saying “I could do that” when standing in front of some art work, is actually not right. This caused a lively discussion on my page which I really enjoyed and therefore I thought I should share it on my blog again and see what you are thinking about this:

What do you think? Is Art simply the merit of “the artist thought about it first”? or do you agree what this topic is so much more complex?

I never liked hearing “I could Do That” even though I sometimes do not understand a piece of art in an exhibition and is maybe only getting a shoulder shrug from me. For me the art work needs to provoke emotions, wether they are good or bad and yes…I can be a silly person just being insanely happy by seeing beautiful colors and texture – a Pollock might make me smile senseless while others cannot understand why this is called art ;) . What I often times don’t get are contemporary installations – …but I have never said “Oh, I could do that”. The more I learn about the background of the art work or the artist or the context in which the piece was created – the time, the material etc, the more I might be able to appreciate the work, even if it doesn’t speak to me. I thought the Curators’ example of Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Perfect Lovers” was a wonderful way to explain her point.  I find it often inspiring for my own work to find more information about art work or the artist and sometimes art work that I couldn’t appreciate years earlier does becomes way more interesting or even speaks to me later, while other artwork I loved earlier just becomes boring or not that important to me anymore.  As I change, my taste for art work changes. I know some people got really upset about this topic and I think it is because art is often times forced on us in such an elitist way. I always think- Screw you – Art is for the masses and not for just a handful of folks ;) Anyway, I could ramble on- but I would love to hear your thoughts :)

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  • Rebecca Buchanan

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    Nathalie, I am just getting around to reading this post and watching the video and am really glad I did. This video has made me want to be more curious about any art I view in the future, especially if I’m perhaps having trouble appreciating it. The only time I’ve ever entertained the thought, “I could do that,” is when it is something I want to do. Of course there are many things I want to do that I don’t believe I could do or even want to try myself, but if I really love a work and it is in a medium that I work in or want to work in, the thought is more of an inspirational type thought, like ‘I could try that.’ I too bristle when I overhear or have someone with me who makes that statement in a way that is dismissive of the work. After watching this video, I can now see that I may have been too quick in assuming I don’t appreciate something when perhaps there is more of a story behind it that I would find interesting if I took the time to find out about it. Very though provoking–thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Cindy Connell

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    Hey Nat!
    I watched this video when you first posted it and again now. I gave me a lot to think about. I am not formally trained in art and could not connect famous names and their work to save my life. I do have an appreciation for many different styles of art though. I did learn though about the detail in pieces like Piet Mondrian’s Composition Red Yellow and Blue. Like other I may have been tempted to reproduce it… but not with acrylic paint on canvas. Understanding how something is made usually gets my appreciation over anything else. Like you and others though… I like what I like!
    Cindy Connell

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I totally can see how the “how it is made” point gets you intrigued- I am the same way :) For example a year ago or so there was an exhibition at MoMA – Robert Gobert – https://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1495  – it was interesting but I do have to admit it wasn’t really for me – although it provoked feelings- if sometimes negative. – but I could totally appreciate his way of creating is art – that was actually pretty compelling. I wouldn’t have know that if I hadn’t had a class that was connected with this exhibition and it made me see it in a different light – and maybe some time I can appreciate it even more.

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  • Deborah A. Pierro

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    Thanks for the video, Nat. I learned a lot from it about how each of us, as an artist, brings something to our work that is uniquely ours. I now have an understanding, and more perspective, about other artists’ motivations and ideas that go into their works.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I enjoyed that video and love the questions that she poses.
    I have heard folks saying “I could do that” and my response (in my head), is so do it.
    I do find that if I know more about the artist I often appreciate the piece more.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      That is so true Sue, I feel the same- the more I can connect or understand the artist the more I can connect or appreciate the artwork.

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Feeling MEH about your work?

Watch this uplifting and beautifully made video The Gap by Ira Glass

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.

Have a gorgeous day and have fun creating!
Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Simple and encouraging…thanks for posting Nat and have a creative day!

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I make Art…or I am a blind visual artist

What an inspiring and beautiful video of Pete Eckert, a totally blind person. Through his photography, he proves that he IS a visual person, he just can’t see.

| Artists Wanted | In Focus : Pete Eckert from See Me on Vimeo.

I love this and since I love the process of my artwork almost more when the outcome…I get it too.

Do you think you need to “see” your art in order to enjoy it?

huge hugs

nat

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  • Jean A Marmo

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    So inspiring! I too am another who just plays. Just for me.

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  • scrapinsue

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    Another inspiring video that you’ve shared with us Nat.
    I really have to say that I’m not at the point in my hobby where I can even evaluate rather or not I need to “see” my art in order to enjoy it.
    I play with paper and paint and it’s fun:-)

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Not Cool Robert Frost

So, you have been pep talked :)

huge hugs and be awesome!

Nat

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  • Laura Strack

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    Glad I took the Creative Jump Start 2013 Road….lead me straight to gesso…and a lot of fabulous artist :) Thanks, Nat

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  • petyvic

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    Awesome!….what a way to start Monday! Thanks Nat, very inspiring!

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  • Laura

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    Brilliant!
    Thanks Nat :)

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  • Amante del Papel

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    wow!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    “Create something that will make the world awesome.”
    Well said little man. You create art that does make the world awesome Nat! Thanks for sharing your talent.

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