Art Stroll: National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Stroll


The first day Julie, my husband and I arrived in Melbourne, it was raining and so we went straight to the National Gallery of Victoria. A beautiful building filled with wonderful artwork. I am not showing everything we saw, only a couple of my favorites, either for their subject matter, composition, material, texture or else.


Shield made of bark I assume and I loved the scenery depicting typical Australian animals.




The Australian Indigenous Art was amazing. These wooden sculptures were intriguing and beautiful.

This Painting made me happy with it’s texture and the colors- yummmmmie!

Asher BILU, Yuga ii, ca. 1966 Melbourne, mixed media on composition board


I love how Jenny Watson created texture and dimension in a grid on this oil painting called House painting: Box Hill North, 1977 Melbourne



Rosalie Gascioigne, Flash Art, 1987 Canberra, tar on reflective synthetic polymer film on wood

Rosalie made assemblages from found objects found around her home in Canberra. The piece above is made from retro-reflective road signs, which she cut up and rearranged. She once said “Most of the things that I use have been exposed to the weather and in that sense, mine is an art of the outdoors.” I love that- I have never thought about this when you use found objects that have been part of the world outside 🙂


Constanze Zikos, Fake Flag, 1994 Melbourne, thermo-setting laminate, enamel paint, crayon, metallic and plastic self-adhesive tape on composition board

In this painting Zikos uses everyday materials and inserts stars symbolic of other cultures. It reflects his examination of cultural identity and the concept of authenticity.


I could not stop looking at this! The colors were so vibrant and the dots were pulsing.

Paddy Japaljarri Stewart, Marlu Jukurrpa (Kangoroo Dreaming), 1987 Yuendumu, Northern Territory, synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Trevor Nickolls, Third eye, 1986 Adelaide, synthetic polymer paint on canvas


This painting was so mesmerizing- I love the depth of it and the limited color palette.


This one is also by


Trevor Nickolls, Wrestling with the white spirit, 1990 Adelaide, synthetic polymer paint on canvas. The details and symbolism of this painting !



This artwork touched me deeply. It refers to the experience of Indigenous people as outcasts.

Sandra Hill (born 1951) , Beyond the pale, 2010 Balingup, Western Australia, synthetic polymer paint on plywood, painted wood

Sandra Hill was taken from her parents at just seven years of age – the third generation of her family to be removed and placed in an institution.


Gordon Hookey, Aboriginality victorious, 2008 Brisbane, oil paint, plastic and metal on canvas, paper, metal and metallic and oil paint on boxing gloves


Wait…who are those people here ? Goof balls- LOL


Limpi Tjapangati, Waputi and Tatupa, 1979, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

This painting provides an aerial view of how the artist perceives his landscape. We will see the landscape entirely different from our perception of the same landscape. I love this concept and idea!



This was massive.

Lorriane Connelly-Northey, Possum-skin cloak: Blackfella road, 2011-13 Vistoria, rusted iron and tin, fencing and barbed wire, wire




Djambu Barra Barra, Preparing for ceremony, 1988, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

The colors – the details – swoon!


I hope you enjoyed this art stroll through the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. It was such a different museums experience and we spent many hours there.



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  • Joyce


    Thank you for this tour through this museum broading the mind with new insight and possibilities thanks for shsring


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Joyce, I am glad you enjoyed the little tour ! Have a wonderful sunday!


  • Sue Clarke


    What a wonderful tour for my Sunday morning.
    Thank you Nat.
    I especially l Wrestling with the White Spiritike .


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      so glad you liked it Sue! I love putting those together as it makes me relive the visit 🙂 Have a wonderful week!


  • Joi @RR


    Wow – amazing pictures. What a place. Thanks bunches for sharing these Nat. Just awed. XXj.


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Don’t Suck or … In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal


“Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck!”

so true – isn’t it? Tell you, what didn’t suck – playing with paint and doing a happy colored art journal spread 🙂


I played with my Bird Foam Stamp Set. I used the frond stencils and masks with acrylic paint on the background. Stamped the two sides of the included foam stamp- one side is solid and one is patterned. for the solid side I used a magenta color by decor art which is translucent and applied it very thin to my stamp with a brayer as I wanted the background to still show through and create the pattern of the bird. I love the outcome.


I traced the lines of the patterned foam stamped bird with a Graphic Painter Pen by Derwent- just to make it pop a bit. The flicks of paint you see here and there are actually also made with the Graphic Painter Pen – if you blow the side of the pen you can get some fine color mist spreading out- it is fun  to do  and looks awesome.

Here are the links (some are affiliate links) for the supplies I used:

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Hope you have a wonderful day and some time to create something!



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  • Joi@RR


    Hehehehhe – YES Nat – it’s true!!! Love this!! AND… you are using DecoArt.. I’m surprised! YEAH!!! Luscious background. And your bird stamp is just so versatile. Adore your birds!! XXj.


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Joi. Yes- I do have some deco art paints and like using them in an art journal or for mono printing.


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New class at Pratt in July!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Workshop

Art Journaling 101 at Pratt, NYC on July 16th

Learn how to become inspired and discover the basics of art journaling in this six-hour class. Explore mixed-media techniques using collaging and creating colorful backgrounds with acrylic paint and other media. Delve into this stress-relieving art form and create the first basic, beautiful pages in a visual journal.

Learn more about this class and register here!




I hope to see you there!



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