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About weird paths, art, rejection and on keeping on going

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Video

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Connie from 21 Secrets recorded a fun conversation with me with some fun questions about my journey as an artist, about my art itself, persistence, and how to deal with rejection and there is no shame , and other things … I had a great time – I always love when questions make you think and realize things for yourself.

Here is the interview it is about 45 mins long (boy yes…I have a lot to say – LOL)  – hope you enjoy it :)

21 SECRETS Conversations with Nat Kalbach from Connie Solera on Vimeo.

Thanks Connie for having this fun conversation and also for having me for the 21 Secrets Spring Workshop.

Nat

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  • Joi@RR

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    This was wonderful Nat. I did/have 21 Secrets and of course… as always… you were/are one of my favorite teachers. GREAT interview – so fun – enjoyed it so much that I was sad that it ended so quickly (well it seemed quick!!!). j.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Joi :) So glad you enjoy the 21 Secrets workshop !

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Nah No Worries My Friends …or NYC Adventures

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Of Living as an Artist

I got some questions if I am alright as I have been neglecting my blog a bit – Nahhhh, no worries my friends – I am well off.  I am just scrambling right now with time! The last couple weeks I have been doing a lot in NYC and there was just not enough hours in the day to get everything and blogging done :) I’m just keeping it 100!

I spent some time at Pratt Institute to prepare things for my workshop and took dorky pictures at  The InkPad later ….but hey …I think my high school art teacher would faint if she could see this – LOL

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I had amazing students and I loved the room I am teaching in too …and btw …I got a locker for my supplies – YEAH- hahahaha- I know, crazy Europeans …get excited over lockers 😉

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The other reason I spent loads of time in NYC …particularly at MoMA, was that I took a four week long class on Cubism there. Corey d’Augustine was the Instructor and as the classes I had taken with him in the past, this was awesome. I learned a lot.

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Here is Corey in front of Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon showing some early signs of cubism and the influence of African Masks.

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One of the best things of the class was, that I could convince my friend Julie to join me …although she told me she “hates” cubism and if the class stinks she would “let me know” every single session. We are still good friends…so I think it wasn’t that bad for her- LOL

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The most amazing thing about these classes is, that you are with about 5 people alone in the evening in the gallery – you can see paintings up close and without a crowd of people poking their cameras in front of you – love !!!

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Even on the flatest Cubist Paintings the brush strokes and hand of the artist are evident …makes me always super happy to see this!

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here a close up of Umberto Boccioni’s Dynamism of a Soccer Player. I definitely appreciated the return of color into Cubism – the super intellectual approach to Cubism is interesting and I appreciate it but it is not really my cup of tea

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Picasso’s Three Muscians make me happy :)

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and collage elements like in Kazimir Malevich’s Reservist of the First Devision.

While walking around I also took notice of those non-cubist paintings – which totally inspired me at home to take a different approach to a new urban painting- I will share later :)

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Paul Klee’s Pastorale (Rhythms) – the sgraffito …LOOOOOOOVEEEE

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Jean Dubuffet’s Building Facades – OMG – I wanted to touch it …so so cool – I didn’t …believe me…I would not want to be excluded coming back to MoMA- LOL- it is my second home 😉

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but seriously …look at that!!!

And then some wonderful friends from back “home” came to visit

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And it was wonderful to spent time with them and speak Denglish …that is what happens when you have English in your head and try to speak German ….the first three sentences are a weird mix – LOL. Miss my friends already.

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We went to ….MoMA – yep – I spare you with more MoMA pictures and walked from there to the Rockefeller Center and well…then just up 😉 Nice view… I like that you can see Jersey City on the right corner :)

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After a stop for Korean BBQ in Korea town we passed the Flat Iron building and walked down to the Highline. It is fun to play tourist in NYC especially when the weather is so nice!

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I just love the Highline- yes it is crowded but the views and the different perspective of the city is just awesome.

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I loved this sculpture called “physical graffiti” by Damian Ortega which looked so cool against the wall.

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And this is the last picture …which is a pretty good one for a last picture of a post :)

Hope you had fun seeing what I was up to in the last weeks in the city …now …of for some studio time ! Have a gorgeous day you all!

 

Nat

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  • Seth

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    What a wonderful tour of such wonderful experiences. Looks like you have been having the best time!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      thanks seth! As you know NYC is always worth a visit 😉

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  • chrisdomino

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    The Three Musicians is one of my favorites.As I grew up in the NYC area, I so miss MOMA as I live in Michigan but do enjoy the DIA here.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Oh I would love to visit the DIA some time -sounds like a treat too :)

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  • Angi eharis

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    Living in the jungle in a remote part of an island most of my life, I have not gotten to see many museums so I cannot tell u how much I enjoyed this post, all of the cool city pics! Tx for sharing and inspiring, I cannot stop staring at the kazimir collage, I am in Loooove! Aloha, angi in hana

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I’m guessing that the Flat Iron building is the one on the corner that is kind of a triangle? I LOVE to take pics of those types when I am in Boston.
    Thanks for the photos and no worries on not posting…figured you were crazy busy being successful.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Sue, yes that one is the Flat Iron Building. We have a tiny one here in Jersey City too – maybe every city in America has one :)

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  • Joi@RR

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    Always always enjoy a glimpse at your world Nat. This was wonderful. The gallery and paintings were so interesting. Thanks bunches and bunches for sharing. j

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Joi- glad you enjoyed the photos! If I cannot take you guys with me into the gallery, then it has to be this way, right? :)

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123 Hidden Journaling – or … In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

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A new art journal start …and boy did I not have a good day …LOL. I was so grumpy on that day I made the spread…I had to write a lot off my chest…and then I hid it

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under layers of paint and gesso …and wrote some more …and hid it again…

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just to write some more in a pretty unreadable way …and there you have it … a grungy grumpy page … I ‘m feeling better – and laugh again and nobody has to read my grumpy thoughts.

Thank you art journal for turning the day around 😉

What is your favorite way to hide your journaling?

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  • Michelle LaPoint Rydell

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    Love your page Nat! It is beautiful in it’s grungyness – so expressive! I tend to hide my grumpy journaling the same way you do – paint over it. Have a great day!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I have only covered my journaling once or twice but it is very much like therapy…no one else needs to read it but I’ve gotten it off my chest.
    Have a nice weekend Nat.

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  • Joi@RR

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    Grumpy or not this looks FABULOUS to me!! I imagined to myself that the numbers were you counting to 10 over and over trying to get yourself under control – eheheheheheh!!! GREAT outcome for a bad day!!! j.

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