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CJS 2016 – Texture Explorations

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Today is my day on Creative JumpStart with some Texture Explorations in an extra bonus long video showing my whole thinking and creating process for this canvas:

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It has been such a blast and the community is so much fun! Loving all the projects everyone is sharing based on the Creative JumpStart videos! I am so sad that the live event is ending tomorrow. But no worries- if you still need to catch up – you have time until November to watch the videos and also download them. AND you if you haven’t signed up – you can still sign up here and do the same :)

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The Chunky Monkey Painting or … City Spring

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I started a new urban painting and wanted to change things up in how I start my paintings . So instead of the normal procedure I forced myself to do it a bit differently.

I was inspired by some sgraffito in paintings by Paul Klee and Jean Dubuffets – which I have just shown in my Post here. Here is how my painting looked for a couple days when I was undecided if I should leave it like this or not. I actually really liked it.

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I love taking photos of my work in progress to see in hindsight what I did and sometimes also …where I should have not taken the next step. As in this. Now that I look back …I almost ;) wish I would have just stopped. But I didn’t …a weird “this cannot be it” – feeling kicked in …and so I continued. And I went a bit overboard with it … kind of like when you hand me a jar of Ben and Jerry’s “Chunky Monkey” Ice Cream …nothings gonna stop me there either ;) although I know pretty much after two scoops that should be it.

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Pretty soon I realized that it is not going into the right direction, but then I just wanted to see how far I could push it and I painted a lot with palette knifes -which I usually only use for texture. That was cool.  And then I also got totally addicted to sketching with a mixture of Soft Body Paint and Ink (Titanium White and Carbon Black) filled into a Fineline bottle. I know now exactly the consistency of the mixture of those two paint media I need to make it work. I just loved the way the lines came out and the erased dimensional look.

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Do I regret going further although I am not loving the outcome? Nope …absolutely not. I learned a lot by doing this and I found some new things I definitely want to incorporate more into new paintings. I also learned that less is sometimes more and not boring …although overall more is more for me… I might just sulk and eat some Chunky Monkey now  ;)

I think it is important to do things in our creative process that we are not loving in order to stretch ourselves and learn . I really enjoyed the process and keeping track of this, so the time was not wasted.  And you know what …I can always make a new painting … maybe I even just gesso over this one …the texture underneath will probably already define the city skyline …what do you think? Now that makes me excited about this again … LOL – maybe it will be the continuing City Spring Canvas Saga.

Are you a less is more or more is more person? 



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  • Bea

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    sorry, i like it…b

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  • Deborah A. Pierro

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    Nat, I like the soft look of your new urban painting. I also like your previous urban paintings.

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  • Joi@RR

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    Good morning Nat. I like the first one – the more pastel one BUT… here’s the thing… if I went in a gallery looking for your paintings – I would never have picked the first one as YOURS. Sooooooooo…. my fav is the second one. PLEASE don’t gesso over it!!! It’s really Wonderful. Totally love the brown building especially the staircase and the sign on top. To me… it just is so you and also – to me – it’s a work of art. The first one is lovely – and it could be a new side of you – but the second one is FABULOUS… I love it. j.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you for your feedback Joi! I agree- the first one was just not feeling me – but I liked it :)

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  • JanJ

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    Wow! I like both. In the original the colors are soft and light. I struggle trying to keep in pastel colors. To me, your completed one is more dynamic and powerful. I just can’t choose. Thumbs Up!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah- the pastel was my problem too – it is just not me – mmmh mhhh – LOL

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  • Cheryl

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    I really like it, for it looks quite professional. I loved all the colors you used, and it looks and feels like an inner city. I hope you will keep it, frame it, a d. E pleased with the results of pushing yourself. I would hang it in my home!

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Fiesta Girl Canvas

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I created this canvas board with my new Stampendous Fiesta Stamp Set for the CHA Booth.

 

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I first painted the background with different green shades. Then I stamped the background with different acrylic colors and the Fiesta stamps. Next, I masked off the background with the woman silhouette and used Parchment and a light mist of Black Liquitex Spray Paint over it.

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I took some paint at some areas off again and then used Titanium White Spray Paint and an alphabet stencil moving over the whole canvas with the lady still masked off. The letters were applied in the end with Gel Medium.

Here are the supplies I used:

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have a wonderful day and do something creative!

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  • Nurse-Ratchet

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    Love it!! Just picked up my Fiesta Stamp set yesterday ….. It is more amazing in person!!

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  • Seth

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    Great piece Nat. Thanks for taking the time to share the process as well!

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  • Margaret

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    I love this Nat! Is the female portrait one of your masks? Where can I buy it? This piece really speaks to me, it’s just perfect:)

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  • Joi@RR

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    She is so unique… love the florals inside and the numbers outside… so many thought provoking meanings come to mind. Beautiful.

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Gorgeous canvas Nat! Love those stamps as well as the colors you chose!

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  • Yankeegirl

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    This is really awesome, Nat! Love the greens and blues on the grey, and the numbers really set the shape off!

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  • Andrene

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    Really beautiful! I love the colors you’ve used and the stamped images were the perfect choice for that silhouette.

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  • tesa

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    Beautiful!!

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    This canvas just has the most soothing color palette with such an exciting design idea. Love the use of type as an element as well. Always eye-catching. Another masterpiece, Nathalie!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Jo

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    LOVE the under printing in the silhouette.

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  • D.AnnC

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    Really love the colors in this! The more I see of this set, the higher it climbs on my wishlist!!

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  • Jacquelene L

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    This canvas is my favourite piece from cha. When I saw it, I went to the stampendous website to try and figure out what stencil you used. I love the women stencil and the stamps. Thank you for sharing your inspiring techniques for this canvas. In the future this stencil and stamps will be used in my art journals and cards. Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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Mark Maker

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This Canvas was created for the CHA Show (Craft and Hobby Association – which has a yearly trade show in Anaheim) and where my new Stamps with Stampendous are released at the moment…I am waving from there right now.

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I used the Mark Maker Stamp Set with it- that also includes a stencil

The stamps will be available soon. I used them with acrylic paint on top of the canvas – my favorite way to use stamps.

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For texture I added Frantage Aged Embossing Powders and smoothed and mixed some acrylic paint over the heat embossed areas with my finger. The washers and metal pins are also heat embossed with Frantage Embossing Powder.

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Here is a list of all the supplies I used

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Hope you like it – have a great day!

 

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  • Yankeegirl

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    I ordered your three newest stamps from Amazon and they are ON THEIR WAY to me! Yay! Love what you have created here. Have fun in Anaheim!!!

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  • Kathy

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    Beautiful work

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  • Judy

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    Love your work. Would love to win some Liquitex products.

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  • Jackie P

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    Very cool canvas and congrats on the new stamp line!!

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  • Vicki

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    those paintings are awesome.

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  • Sue Hiles

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    I love your work and found your blog from someone on You Tube. I live about 15 from Jersey City near Morristown. I will check out your stamps, I hope I can tell which ones are yours. :) I am also a mixed media artist, for less than a year now but I love it immensely. Sue

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  • Seth

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    Ahhhhhmazing. Love this piece and your new stamp sets too Nat. Congratulations!

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  • stephanie

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    can’t wait to get your new stamps!

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  • Sue D

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    Awesome–I like the colors and texture.
    Sue in Ohio

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  • Pam B

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    Love these new stamps! Florida

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  • beverly

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    Oh if I could just get messy not just have a mess. thanks for sharing your pretty mess.

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  • Jean Marmo

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    Such fun stamps! I lvoe the mess!!

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  • barb macaskill

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    When I grow up I want to be just like you!!! LOVE your stamps and your creations always bring a smile to my heart! TFS!

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    • barb macaskill

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      Forgot to add that I am from VT USA

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  • Rebecca Yahrling

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    Great canvas! You do beautiful work. I just bought a set of canvases yesterday with the hopes of trying one (or two or three …). Thank you for the inspiration!
    Becca from Florida

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    I hadn’t seen these stamps before but they make shading so much easier. Your canvas is so colorful.
    You can see the red pouring out onto the canvas – has movement.
    thanks for sharing an amazing canvas.
    Illinois

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  • Julie C.

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    Hi, I’m in Minnesota. I love the color choices!

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  • Nan

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    Such depth and love the paint over the embossed areas…never ever thought to do that!

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  • Carla Hundley

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    So unique looking,
    great design!
    Carla from Utah

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  • Shari

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    These stamps look like a lot of fun!!
    ~Shari from Ohio

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  • Leigh S-B

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    You sure had loads of fun creating these. Love all the texture and vibrant colour!

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  • Viki B

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    I love all the layers on your canvas! The washers add so much to the piece. I love that aged green embossing enamel. It is one of my favorites for adding a patina to things. Viki in Kansas.

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  • Teresa Godines #6857

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    This looks like so much fun. Even though it is a canvas it would make a great background for a masculine layout. TFS

    Teresa in California

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  • TracyM #6773

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    FABULOUS canvas Nathalie!!!
    LOVE the colours and textures, COOL stamps and stencils too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION … I’ve got a canvas here waiting for a workout, THIS might be the week for it to happen :)
    Tracy from Victoria, Australia

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  • Linda on the Prairie

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    Nathalie, you make everything fun! These sets are so versatile.

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  • D.Ann C

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    LOVE the look and ingenuity of embossing the washers!! Warm hugs from Florida

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  • Autumn

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    What an amazing mixed media project – oh makes me want to get into some paint! ;0

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  • Liz Lumsden

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    Wonderful fabric stamping!

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  • susan salyer

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    wow wonderful canvas love the layers and the wonderful goodies you used to make this happen

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Winding Down: My Top Five Mixed Media Paintings of 2014

It has become a tradition of mine and other blogger friends to wind down the year with some  Top “insert number”- Lists of work , posts and photos, before the year ends. It makes me go back and look at what I have done and accomplished and it also makes me dwell in memories. Too often we forget about the things we did and accomplished throughout the year- often just bashing ourselves for not fulfilling all the wonderful new year’s resolutions from last year.  Maybe this makes you wanna do it too – if so – share :)

2014 was definitely a year I did more work on canvas than any other years before – here are my personal top five canvases:

1. On The Flip Side

This one might be my absolute favorite of the year – it has a lot of personal meaning for me and that might be actually the only reason why it is a favorite- LOL- the personal meaning – although- I do like that I for a change was also working in a bit different color rage than usual.

2. The Powerhouse

I like this one because of the colors and …because I stopped- LOL. I wasn’t sure in the beginning if that was done and then I decided to let it go and I am so happy I did. This canvas taught me that it is ok to have long breaks in between and come back after a while, just to decide to call it finished.

3. Standing Strong

This canvas does not have as much texture as usual- but I did like creating it a lot. I started mixing very intrigue parts of buildings with undefined parts and it gave me a push from there on to explore this a bit more.

4. Everything is Gentrified

This painting gave me a lot of headaches- meanwhile and after – I do love it -but I learned a lot about light sources. How important it is in which light you work and in which light you then maybe hang it. It is a painting that needs a well lit area and it changes it’s looks during the day from vibrant and uplifting to dark and oppressing. For sure interesting for me and while not perfect- it goes with the topic and title.

5. In the Same Boat?

This one was also a canvas of headaches – LOL. I had a finished picture in my head when I started it- which was a huge mistake and then I also started mixing some colors which at first I totally did not like. It took me forever to finish this work up- the canvas was sitting on the easel and I would look at it contemplating for weeks if I should just paint over it. And then I didn’t …and it grew on me – and now I really like it -I do like the colors I mixed …another canvas that taught me to be patient.

 

What I learned:

2014 marks definitely a year where I feel I have learned to be patient with me, my skills and my work. I also learned that I shouldn’t give up too early on something.

 

My goal for 2015:

All of those canvases are a smaller scale (12×24 is I think the biggest one- still not having the U.S. sizes in my head- LOL) – so my goal for next year is to go bigger – so we will see :) . I started a bigger canvas a couple weeks ago- I will show you the process in a couple days. It feels pretty daring to me but is a lot of fun :)

Hope you enjoyed this little journey – next up will be photos and art journal pages!

have a gorgeous day

 

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    I absolutely adore you’re cityscape series…the colour,texture and composition really inspires me! Who knows maybe 2015 will find me creating some scenes of my town!!

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  • Madeline Rains

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    I love your cityscapes too. Especially the first one and the fourth one. I like that the mood of that one changes throughout the day depending on the light. So cool. I am really drawn to pieces that emphasize just a few strong sources of light like that. And it reminds me of living in NYC and in Boston.

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  • Angie

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    Love love love each of your top picks! You are truly an inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing your art and comments… Makes me have a little more self confidence knowing that you question your work sometimes- thanks! (What a great year- I got to meet you!!!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I am so impressed with the canvas painting that you’ve done this year. Your art just keeps growing and reaching new heights.
    I can’t wait to CJS 2015 to see what the new year challenges me to do!

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  • Deborah A. Pierro

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    Hi Nat–I absolutely love all of the paintings you’ve shown here. You definitely have a recognizable style that is all yours, and that’s a very good thing! Happy New Year!

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  • Marjie Kemper

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    Beautiful canvases, Nat. I especially love #4, even if it did give you a lot of headaches. Hope you have wonderful holidays and a very happy new year!

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  • Maura

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    Thanks for sharing these beauties. Love your use of color in them! Can’t wait to see your larger canvas works! To a great new year!

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  • Nancy Sapp

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    Just now getting a chance to look at all my e-mails & blogs! I LOVE your canvas “In the Same Boat.” The water & sky are just beautiful hues of blues & pinks.

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  • marsha.

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    I love them all, but you don’t have to guess which one I love most ;-). You’ve taken leaps of progress as an artist this year. It’s so wonderful to watch and I’m so proud of you!

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In The Same Boat? Canvas

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One of my favorite views in Jersey City at Liberty Landing . At least the view is accessible for everyone :)

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I played with different paint viscosities to achieve a different kind of texture. Fun.

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Here are the materials I used:

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What is the place with your favorite view?

Nat

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    There are no words coming to me that adequately express to you how much I adore your amazing city scapes!!

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  • Stephanie Schütze

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    Nat, das ist ein wunderbares Bild! Tolle Farben und die Boote sind der Hit! Es passt einfach alles! Toll! Liebe Grüsse über den grossen Teich, Stephanie :-)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Stephanie, vielen lieben Dank :) Ganz liebe Grüße zurück über den Teich- hoffe der Herbst lässt sich gut an :)

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Nat, Absolutely stunning is what I have to say!
    My favorite view is from a bluff over looking Lake Ontario- up North of where I live- I’ll send a picture next time I go! “)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      That sounds like an amazing view!!!! Yes I wanna see :)

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  • Gina Sismilich

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    Absolutely gorgeous – you get better and better!

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  • Ursula

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    Hallo Nat, – super eingefangen. Ich sehe mich schon wieder auf dem Boot, die Skyline abfahren – LG Ursula

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Whose Front Yard? – Canvas

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A new canvas finished – I had a great time painting. It took me quite a while to finish it deciding when to finish :) That is always the hardest part, don’t you think?

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I used Liquitex Soft Body and Heavy Body Acrylic Paints as well as Markers, Inks and Spray Paints. I made a lot of marks with the Liquitex Freestyle Palette knife – I love using it to create texture and marks into the wet but also into the dried paint.

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I am thinking about having this one scanned, too, and make it available as prints. What do you think? (I will add the prints to my shop as soon as they are ready.)

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Wishing you an amazing start into the week!

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    I love that in your world the sea gulls are pink and orange!!

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Lady Liberty Goes San Francisco – Canvas

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Another city for a change – yep – Lady Liberty went San Francisco ;)

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I guess I have a crush on Flat Iron Buildings  – we have a tiny one here in Jersey City too – I think it is time to add that one to my J.C. Canvas Collection :)

Have an amazing day

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    Love this piece Nat..I have a love of the Flatiron buildings as well, especially the one in my home town.

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  • Laura

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    A flat iron building would make a great stencil ;)

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  • Laura S

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    Gorgeous, Nathalie! I wonder if every metropolitan city has their token Flat Iron? It might be cool to travel to each city in the US or the world, and visit these historical beauties. Have a beautiful week!

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Witnessed – Canvas

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A new canvas is done- I call it “Witnessed” . It shows the Stanley Theatre on the right – a very beautiful theater here in Jersey City- right across another beautiful one- the Loew’s Theatre.

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As the story goes the theatre was terribly neglected and falling apart, until it was purchased by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Loads of volunteers worked on brining it back to old time glory- and I heard it looks beautiful inside.

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I find it fascinating how a building can be saved and used for something else as it was intended when it was built. It reminds me on the many discussions if it is ok to use a church that falls apart and turn it into an apartment building.  I am glad this building is still here and I stopped when I walked by and enjoyed and witnessed it’s outside beauty.

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Do you have a building in your neighbor hood that was turned into something surprisingly?

I used Acrylic Paints, Inks, Markers and Spray Paints, as well as some water-soluble wax bars – and some collage items. Here is a list

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Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Not in my neighborhood, but I have been in a small church that was made into an art museum. It was nice and I do consider art to be very spiritual (in many cases).

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  • Sylvia

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    It’s an amazing building and I am so happy it’s in your neighborhood and you painted it so beautifully!

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  • Laura Strack

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    Not in my neighborhood, but in the historical part of my home town, there are old cottage homes that are now little stores that sell vintage and antique goodies or homemade cup cakes etc. It is always fun to stroll their sidewalks and shop till you drop!

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  • Gina Sismilich

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    This is a gorgeous painting – I love your colorful paintings of buildings/cityscapes!

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  • AnnaB

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    Your paintings are so cool Nat! I love the strong colours and the black details!

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