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Tour of the American Ancients Part #2

This part #2 of our road trip through mostly the South West of the U.S driving about 2,300 Miles which called Tour of the American Ancients because we visited many historical sites. It was awesome and so inspiring and I am sharing some highlights, spread out over the next couple weeks in three parts :) You can find Part #1 here.

After Hovenweep we drove up to Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado where we already stayed 7 years ago. We took again the ranger lead hiking tour to one of the cliff dwellings- the Cliff Palace and it was yet again awesome. Sometime during the late 1190s, after primarily living on the mesa top for 600 years, many Ancestral Pueblo people began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs .Cliff Palace contained 150 rooms and 23 kivas and had a population of approximately 100 people. By the late 1270s, the population began migrating south into present-day New Mexico and Arizona. By 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan occupation of Mesa Verde ended.

Our Ranger was a Native American and I loved hearing his perspective on archeology and view of history in North America. Even though it was our second time doing this little hike- it was a different experience and opened a different view point.

After two days in Mesa Verde we drove a bit- seeing the most fun Motel signs

and after leaving the Highway at some point we drove a 16 mile long dirt road to get to one of the most amazing park: Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico. This valley was the center of a thriving culture a thousand years ago. Chaco is central to the origins of several Navajo clans and ceremonies. Many Southwest Indian people look upon Chaco as an important stop along their clans’ sacred migration paths-a spiritual place to be honored and respected.

The remains of Pueblo Bonito are just stunning and breathtaking. Researchers found out that the huge city used to be white and was occupied by Ancestral Puebloans between AD 828 and 1126. It must have been an amazing view upon arrival and they found traded goods that came from far south of South America.

some of those structures soared to four or five stories.

They had an air conditioning system and evidence suggests that the Chacoans were expert skywatchers, with a clear knowledge of the cyclic and seasonal patterns of the sun, moon, and stars. This knowledge is reflected over and over again in the architecture of the great houses, and in various observational and ceremonial sites around the canyon.

It is a magic place and I am so glad we went. It is so worth the visit. I can see why this is a sacred place and I am kind of glad it is so out of the way – maybe that will keep it from being destroyed.

A huge Kiva

and of course we saw more petroglyphs while hiking.

and this little dude – smartly staying in the shadow…it was HOT. We drank so much water and basically it all just evaporated right away.

Our next stop was Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Above a photo of the so called painted desert.

The one hundred year old Painted Desert Inn in the park hosts a museum and the skylights in the building were painted by the Civilian Conservation Corps around 1933. So cool!

Beautiful place and scattered all around are those petrified former tree logs- now stones.

Look how gorgeous some of those logs are up close!

Every corner revealed a new look and great area to hike- we liked it a lot.

I feel like some of the textures and colors will make their way into some future artwork. One more post from our trip to come – hope you enjoyed this little adventure so far.

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  • Denise Spillane


    Beautiful, makes mr want to be there


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Tour of the American Ancients Part #1

Last month my husband and I set out for our vacation – a road trip through mostly the South West of the U.S. We drove about 2,300 Miles and had an amazing time hitting many spots we went to before and a lot of new ones. We called it the Tour of the American Ancients because we visited many historical sites. It was awesome and so inspiring and I would love to share with you some highlights, spread out over the next couple weeks in three parts :) Join me on this Artful Adventure – Here is Part #1

This little guy was crossing the street in Nevada. The Desert Tortoise of the Mojave Desert is endangered and we have not seen one the two times before we were here- but this time we were lucky. We saw two Jack Rabbits right before, so maybe they were on a race. Needless to say we named the tortoise “Cecil” ;)

We visited Bryce Canyon, Utah yet again only for a short stint – we promised ourselves next time to really spent some time here and hike- it is so beautiful.

Those hoodoos had the most interesting gradated coloration – love it.

We drove on Highway 12 which is located near the north end of the Grand Staircase – Escalante in southern Utah. The views are breathtaking (and so is the driving- LOL).  Highway 12 is the 2nd on the list of “Most Beautiful Highways in the World“. Apparently the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is planned to be stripped of it’s Monument status and protection.

We had a great time at Capital Reefs National Park , Utah last time and planned a day of hiking there.  We stayed for two nights. We started the early morning off with a Ranger talk about Geology and it was super interesting and made us unterstand the area and different layers better.

While hiking I make sure to take a lot of photos so that I can take a breath ….eh I mean..for inspiration of course ;) Gnarled bent tree trunks- the texture and movement- so beautiful.

We hiked up to a natural bridge and then through a Canyon.

Look at the rock texture and doesn’t the hole look like a heart?

This formation looks like a nice layered chocolate cake …or maybe I just started to hallucinate as it was SOOOoooooo hot ;)

I just couldn’t get over the different layers and texture and the colors. I am not very well known for using a lot of earth tones in my work -but this trip definitely made me want to try it out.

We drove on and stoped at Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. We had a lunch picnic under this natural bridge – one of our – so it felt – 200 hundred sandwiches on the trip ;) There is something so serene and wonderful to eat outside in nature and just be silent (well…besides the crunch of the salad) while taking it all in.

Our next stop was Hovenweep National Monument in Colorado and Utah- which was a new one for us. In the area are six prehistoric villages built by ancestral Puebloans between A.D. 1200 and 1300 and it was stunning to see those buildings at their locations. This tower building above reminded me a lot of some of the old castles of the time you see in Europe and I find it fascinating that at the same time on different continents the same structures were erected.

What a part of the history of this country – and ….this park was almost empty – nada nothing …and a lot of people did not seem to know about it.

It is a magic place  and I am so happy we went. I wish we could have stayed over night – it is supposed to be pitch black and the perfect place for star gazing. I took lot’s of notes, and sketched- just as I describe in my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I cannot wait to see what parts of this trip might make its way into my artwork. More from our trip to come – hope you enjoyed this little adventure.

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  • Sue Clarke


    I just love that gnarled wood and yes, it’s a heart!
    Stopping to take pics (and breathe)…funny.


  • Deb


    AMAZING and inspirational photos! Thanks so much for sharing. Just like you I don’t usually use a wealth of earth tones in my artwork, but these photos have me planning to in the near future. Thanks.


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Art Stroll: Museum of Pre Columbian Art in Santiago, Chile


While I was in Santiago de Chile I went to the Museum of Pre Columbian Art, which is dedicated to the study and display of pre-Columbian artworks and artifacts from Central and South America. I was surprised and happy how inspiring this visit was. It reminded me that things that were done thousands of years ago have inspired art, fabrics and patterns over and over again …


Cultura Chorrera 1800-300 AC. These bottles are very sophisticated and just amazing.  I will take the fish bottle – thank you :)


I loved all the details and different materials used by different cultures.


Cultura pre-mapuche ca. 1300-1500 DC. The first Spanish observers saw Mapuche chiefs holding beautiful stone pieces in the shape of axes as symbols of the power of the war leaders. Love how this simple hatch cross pattern makes such a beautiful piece.


San Augustin Culture 1-1500 AD – Anthropomorphic Stone Sculpture


such a gorgeous piece!


Figurines from ancient Ecuador. The production of clay figurines and small statues was a long pre-Columbian tradition that began 5thousand years ago on the coast of Ecuador.


500 AC- 200 AC – those three figurines were funky cool!


Musician, 500 AC – 500 DC – reminded me a little bit of Pinocchio


And a lot of the artwork reminded me of the home decor of the 60s and also of course artists like Picasso come to mind.



1-700 DC – not sure if it was a mask or what it was used


Bottle – 300-600DC – I love this so so much!!!!


This one was eerie and beautiful at the same time. It had no real information – not even for the time it was made.


Diaguita Ceramics – characteristic is the minimalistic design. I love this pattern.



This was the room with the Exhibition called Chile before Chile.


some headgear – the fabrics were just incredible and intricate – It was breath taking actually.


This is a Quipu also called talking knots. “Quipu were recording devices and for the Inca, the system aided in collecting data and keeping records, ranging from monitoring tax obligations, properly collecting census records, calendrical information, and military organization. The cords contained numeric and other values encoded by knots in a base ten positional system. A quipu could have only a few or up to 2,000 cords.


Isn’t this amazing?


More fabric- gorgeous colors.




These wooden statues were placed on top of tombs in ancient Mapuche cemeteries. They reflect the spirit of those buried there and are to intended to assist them in their journey o the afterlife. Chiefs and great warriors were sent to the East after death to roam among the volcanoes of Kalfumapu, the “blue land” . All others went to the West, to eat bitter potatoes beyond the sea. mhhh- you sure wanted to be a great warrior- doesn’t sound like a fun outlook to have to eat bitter potatoes for afterlife to me ;)

Hope you enjoyed this pretty different art stroll ! Have a wonderful day

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  • Sassy


    What fun! We visited Santiago two years ago and I took photos (not nearly as well done) as several of the items you did — great memories.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      How wonderful to hear you were there too – wasn’t it an amazing museum?! Have wonderful week!


  • Linda Faber


    Thanks for the gorgeous tour! What an inspiring exhibit! Those colors and designs. Loved it and guess you will add some stamps to your collection from those patterns. Yes?
    Thank you for posting your tour…I’m home recovering from a painful broken rib and have no energy to even create art…so this tour was uplifting for me. :)


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Linda, I am so sorry to hear you broke a rib, I hope you are feeling better soon!!! Glad you enjoyed the tour – and maybe ;) there will be some inspiration for future stamps or stencils. Have a wonderful week and sending you big healing hugs! Nat


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Inspired by… Valparaiso, Chile – Exploring Street Art & Colors


Valparaiso was definitely my favorite while in Chile. Big seaport city, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, colorful and fun to explore. Did you hear: Colorful?!


An amazing amount of street art and painted houses along the winded streets of the hills.


The cables are kind of as crazy as in the U.S.  lol – – but I was smitten by the colorful stairs.


There was just so much to see and take in


Valparaiso was once called “Little San Francisco” and streets like these made me understand why :) As you stop every 2 seconds too look at something colorful and amazing you make your way way up there – good workout to walk off some of the delicious empanadas we had for lunch.


How fun is this lady?


and I so so so loved the colors and imagery and patterns here


And some fun mark making patterns




More beautiful flowers set next to a beautiful blue house – BAM like color explosion


I loved that the hydrants were yellow and not red.


Look at this row of houses all in different colors


and a door bell plate


and the mixture of corrogated metal, wooden door and graphity – I love the texture, the colors and the feel


Some interesting houses – loads of balconies




Inspiration EVERYWHERE


and it was so green too


but I did feel for the gas cartridge delivery guy – ouch!


And so slowly we made our way down – had some seafood close to the harbor and went back to Santiago.


This day in Valparaiso made me super happy – I am smiling writing the post and looking at those photos again. Hope you enjoyed the photos as much :)

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Inspired by… Santiago de Chile


My husband was invited to give a talk and a workshop at a conference in Chile. So I went and met him in Santiago de Chile for a little vacation. A day later than planned, as my trip wasn’t starting off very pleasantly. I missed my connecting flight in Houston after sitting three hours due to insane thunderstorms on the runway here in Newark, had to go back home after watching an entire movie on the plane and arrived 24 hours later than planned at my destination.


But …I was determined to not let this start ruin the trip and as soon as I woke up after a 16 hour flight at 8am in the morning and crossed along the Andes to land in Chile I was super excited and ready for new adventures for the next five days.


It is spring in Santiago right now and the temperature reached already about 91 F (33C). The flowers and colors everywhere were just so beautiful!


This is a gorgeous door of the main cathedral in Chile – I just love how modern and happy this looks.


We climbed up the Santa Lucia Hill from which you can see the snow covered Andes far away and have a beautiful view over the city


Found a beautiful little church on top of the hill too – which made us feel as if we were in a small village and not in a big and buzzing city.


I loved this broken tile pavement near an artisan market.


And there was a lot of street art too.


And more views from another hill in the city


with this statue on top.


And a lot of yummie good food – Ceviche – a fish salad with corn , cilantro, lime, red onions, and sweet potato – delicious and definitely something I will make next summer and Pisco Sour …a very delightful cocktail – and some Empanadas …nom nom nom.


There were demonstrations on the street every day by government workers because of the privatization of pension funds and due to those strikes the museums and other public places were closed the whole week. I was able to go to some museums before our flight home on the last day- and will of course share an Art Stroll with you soon :) We also had a little earth quake which could be felt by the conference attendees and my husband in the university (it was a 6.4 magnitude earth quake about 50 miles away and shook the building quite a lot – luckily nothing bad happened) while I two blocks away stepped accidentally into the middle of the demonstration and if it shook- I must have thought it was the police tanks- LOL – I did not realize anything. And yes- I was safe – these were very peaceful demonstrations!


This was my favorite graffiti not knowing that it had a deeper meaning too. I just loved this guy and the dimension and the shadow and then later in the museum I found photographs from the turn of the century of the last living members of a tribe called Selk’nam and in those photos one of the body paintings for ceremonies and head gear was like the one in the graffiti. One wasn’t allowed to take photos of the photos- but I found a pinterest board with some of the images if you are interested. It filled me with a lot of sadness that the Selk’nam tribe in these photos taken just a bit over a hundred years ago is now extinct.


Here is more street art from Santiago


These two were close to the Museum of Fine Art. I found them so unique and different in their colors, of course the symbols etc. and I wish I had the key to read the deeper meaning to those.


Hope you liked the little trip to Santiago- there is more to come from my trip there – stay tuned .

have a gorgeous weekend!

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  • Judi


    We went to Chile in 2007. Truthfully, I felt safer there than in my own country the USA! Several people reached out to help us without us asking for assistance. We had a wonderful time there visiting several cities including Santiago. It was memorable!!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      judi that sounds wonderful, which other cities were you at? Nat


        • Nathalie Kalbach


          Thank you so much for sharing Judi! Valparaiso was my favorite. But that was all I saw- Santiago and Valparaiso – I guess I have to come back :)


          • Judi


            We hate flying long flights so I doubt we will go back but we have great memories of that trip. Chile was one of my all time favorite countries we have visited. We felt very safe and cared for by the very kind people living there. I hope you get a chance to return to see more. Take care.


  • JoAnn


    Thank you for sharing and I love your new website.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you so much JoAnn- so glad you like it :) Have a wonderful weekend!


  • Carolina Nicewarner



    Thank you so much for the window into Chile. That trip is on our bucket list, something we both want to do before we don’t have time left. Do you feel safe during your trip? We lived in Venezuela for 3 years, about 12 years ago, and the people were so so kind, and the country was gorgeous. Unfortunately, since we left, there have been many changes and travel there is not suggested, which is so sad.

    Cannot wait to see the rest of your pictures…



    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Hi Carolina, glad you enjoyed the post. Yes- I felt safe- I mean of course as in every city you have to be aware to not flash your belongings around or keep your bag close to you etc. Pickpocketing is an issue. But other than that I did not feel more unsafe when being in NYC. Everyone was super helpful and nice and I had a very positive experience. Hope you will have a good time as well.


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Inspired by Melbourne, Australia



Julie, my husband and I had such a fab time in Australia and we started off in Melbourne which I really loved. A very green and vibrant city, with a great public transportation system, wonderful houses, street art and good food. Paired with good company …it was a a good spot to be for a couple days before our Mixed Media Circus Workshop at Artified.


We stayed in a beautiful AirBnB with some great artwork located in Fitzroy.  We had  a nice roof terrace, which we couldn’t use too much because it is fall in Australia and it rained a lot. Mhhh – writing this my eyes drift through the window and I realize …it is spring here and it rains nonstop at the moment …



Below are the three of us on the right of the screen on our way to the National Gallery of Victoria (post coming soon).


As I mentioned in an earlier post there is a huge amount of street art in Melbourne, fun signs and a lot of grungy texture. For us it was a feast for the eyes.


Look at the texture and the color combination on this wall – yummy!


Where the garbage cans are:




And a feast for the belly – LOL. We ate so much …but since we walked a lot too we did pretty good.

We often started with a “healthy” breakfast …ahem…


And then we tested about every possible dumpling place in Melbourne and we actually rated our dumpling experiences. Below are the second best dumplings we had …and they were delicious.



We found a really nice Art Supply store in the city and went for a shopping day for our workshops and took another day to pick those supplies up.



Just to realize AFTER we did that, there was an art supply store RIGHT NEXT to our apartment – we just never noticed because we never went into that direction and the sign was hidden. If you know Julie and me, you might imagine the laughing fits we still get when we talk about the “art supply moment” . BTW – speaking of art supplies, I cannot believe how much more expensive art supplies were in comparison to here or Europe. It is insane and makes me appreciate even more the hoops my Australian students have to go through!


We loved the parks throughout the city and the amazing gigantic trees and flowers





Everything is just so green!


Oh and here is a gum tree with some gum nuts – I love those !


more street art …told you…it was everywhere






And of course there was lot’s of silly photo taking too ;)



We also met Kass Hall for lunch. It was great to see her again!  She has an awesome new book out – Amplified Art – Dynamic Techniques for High-Impact Pages –  check it out!


As you can see we had an amazing time in Melbourne and I would love to come back some time.


There are still way more pictures to come in the next weeks from the Australia trip – I am trying to spread it out a bit for you :) Next up I take you on an Art Stroll again ;) Have a wonderful day

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  • Joi@RR


    Always love seeing you and Julie together Nat – you guys make me laugh!! PLUS… I can only imagine the joy you bring to your students too!

    Loved seeing these pictures – dear me – they DO have giant trees and flowers!!!

    And what fun to see all the street artwork. XXj.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Joi- glad you enjoyed the photos and yes – ha those flowers and trees were pretty gigantic :)


  • Mary


    Glad you guys loved Melbourne. Plenty of street art. Fitzroy is a great area to wander around in.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Indeed Mary- I loved Fitzroy- it reminded me a lot of parts of NYC and Jersey City – but then …of course it is yet so different :)


  • Rachel Greig


    Love seeing your photos from melbourne!! It’s a fabulous city! :)


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Inspired by Street Art in Melbourne, Australia


Now if you know me…you know I am crazy about street art – and so Melbourne is a pretty amazing place to be for street art. There was street art EVERYWHERE , best know for it’s street art is Hosier Lane right across from the National Gallery.


Nothing goes unpainted in this laneway :)





This one made me laugh!



Even the garbage cans are spayed and add to the picture


I really loved this one for it’s stencil work and because it was only two colored- it stuck out in the bright color-spray-paint abundance



Wonder what is in there? mh mh



Lot’s of pasteups as well – which I really liked





Here is AC/DC Lane …now I wonder why….




Love the texture and the framed piece on the wall.




Massive mural


This is so cool too :


and funny stuff


Can you tell the three of us had a good time?  LOL- what a bunch of goofs we are ;)

This was a great first day after a 22 hour flight – since it was raining the color boost awakened us – we really needed that.


Hope you enjoyed this colorful journey through Melbourne- there is more to come :)

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  • stephanie


    totally cool!


  • Seth


    I remember that alley way. It is as amazing as ever!!


  • Gayle


    Phenomenal Exhibit! Thank you Nathalie. Makes me wonder if the motivation behind street art may be a response to disenchantment with the world around them. These artists’ way of proclaiming: ” If you can’t fix it, paint it!”


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      you should go Natalya – I can see loads of amazing art by you with photos taken there!


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Art Rules Workshop in Oklahoma – Photos

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Last weekend I flew to Oklahoma City to teach a three day workshop – Art Rules – at My Hearts Fancy. It is one of the very few workshops I am teaching this year in person. It was so much fun coming back and seeing so many familiar faces in the awesome group of 12 students. It was like coming home :)

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Here is Carol showing her wonderful boards she made inspired by Creative JumpStart 2016 and Natalya’s video – such a treat to see this in person. BTW- you can still sign up for the class and download all videos!

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We started Friday with some color theory and some color exercises. As you can see…they went all in :) We went on a journey to discover every student’s own style and preferences.

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Saturday I showed some fun techniques, gave some guidelines and tips as well as samples. I loved seeing what they all came up with – it was awesome to see how everyone’s style was different and how they embraced the freedom to create.

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So cool, right?

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I also loved seeing my new stamp sets as well as stencils being used in the class – that always makes me super giddy and happy!

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They were inspired by Henri Matisse

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Paul Klee

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

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and many more – Art Rules :)

And besides a lot of art making there was a lost of chatting, sharing stories and big hugs. It was a wonderful, inspiring and relaxing time. I also really loved teaching the workshop and it’s context.


Thank you so much Maura for inviting me to teach Art Rules, and to Lisa for being such a big helper and sweetheart and a big thank you and hug to all of my students- you rock and make me happy!

What is the last new mixed media technique you explored?

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  • Sue Clarke


    Looks like a delightfully relaxing and inspiring creative day!
    I haven’t tried many new techniques lately, but I do want to use embossing paste and stencils again. Love the texture.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Oh yes, you will love that, Sue! The Stampendous embossing paste is pretty awesome (need to show it) and I fell in love with the DecoArt Crackle Paste.


  • Robin


    Loved this workshop!!! So fun to learn new techniques inspired by the Masters. Nathalie, I truly enjoyed your teaching style. I am so glad I went!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      It was so awesome to have you Robin, you rock! I love love love the Jazzplayer you drew! You knocked it out of the park with that one! Thank you for coming and hope to see you some time again!


  • Carol Moore


    Awesome workshop. Loved every minute. So thankful I was able to come to another one of your events. You are totally awesome.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Awe- Carol! thank you so much for coming – you are such a talented lady!!! I loved your patterns and awesome geometric approaches, totally amazing.


  • Maura


    This was one of the best workshops ever taught at my store. Thanks Nathalie for teaching us so many amazing techniques and sharing your love of art with us. I can’t wait til you can return to teach us even more!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you so much Maura for your amazing hospitality! It was wonderful as always and I cannot wait to see you again next year :)


  • Joi@RR


    These pictures are priceless. I always just love seeing how your art and your life and your vibrant personality touches the lives of so many when you do a workshop. What lovely art you inspired them all to create Nat. Such a great treat to see these ladies learning and growing and loving their art. XXj


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Awe- thank you Joi! It was an amazing group – hopefully someday I will see you in person too :)


  • michelle ward


    wow! look at all those fabulous pages and happy artists! bravo!!!


  • Nathalie Kalbach


    It would have been so much fun to see you there and you would have loved seeing Carol’s boards inspired by your video in person. It was really cool!


  • Natalya


    Wish I could have come to this workshop!


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Art Stroll: Malba – The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires

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It’s been a couple months after coming back from Buenos Aires, but I still would love to show you one the highlights of my trip, which was my Art Stroll through Malba the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires.

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The Malba is actually a really funky building…and someone laid an egg in the basement too ;) It is a beautiful museum – the permanent collection is small but wonderful – the running exhibitions were amazing, but are not part of this post. Let’s stroll through the permanent collection:

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Emilio Pettoruti, La cancion del Pueblo (The Song of the People), 1927 – Oil on wood

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I love this one – it reminds me a lot of Picasso’s Three Musicians which is from 1921- and I wonder if he saw Picasso’s painting while he was in Europe. I love the patterns and the colors -it makes me want to create my own version :)

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Calle de Nueva York (Street of New York) , 1920

MoMA has an exhibition with Torres-Garcia right now- which I will post about later – but I was happy to see more of his work after seeing these pieces in Buenos Aires.

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Compositon symetrique universelle en blanc et noir (Universal Symmetric Composition in Black and White), 1931

Isn’t this gorgeous? I love it – and it would be so much fun to do an art journal page in this style.

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Luis Ortiz Monasterio, El espiritu de la rey, 1933 – this bronze sculpture reminds me a bit of Fernand Leger’s Paintings –  I love it!


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Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Monkey and Parrot, 1942

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Maria Martins, O Impossivel (The Impossible9, 1945 “It is nearly impossible to make people understand each other,”

I found this one a bit disturbing and yes aggressive but also faszinating and for some reason it made me think of Magritte’s “The Lovers” – just evoking different feelings.

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Antonio Berni, Manifestacion (Public Demonstration), 1934 – Egg Tempera on Burlap

In the thirties art and politics were often a topic by artists. Artists engaged in collective work, political activism and debates. Images of rural and urban workers, as well as figures protesting or engaged in traditional celebrations, began to appear in often monumental pictorial works. The artwork made use of materials that gave artistic expression a social  dimension. Burlap from a potato sack or tempera paint of the sort used murals were often chosen by politicized artist.

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Maria Freire, Sudamerica N10, 1958

I love those polygonal forms – pretty amazing pattern.

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Lidy Prati, Serial Composition, 1948 (1946)

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Franz Krajcberg, Sin Titulo (Untitled), 1961 – burnt colored paper pulp on canvas

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I could not stop looking at this- I wanted to touch it..but I didn’t ;) – the texture – swoon!!!

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Kenneth Kemble, Suburban Landscape in Memoriam B.N., 1958  – Rusty metal sheet, oil and misc. on hardboard.

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I loved seeing all the artwork with supplies that were around and on hand.

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Luis Felipe Noe, Dos mujeres (Two Women) 1963 – Oil and Collage on Canvas


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Jorge De La Vega, Pruebe de nuevo (Try Again), 1963 – Oil, paper, glued fabric, and glass on canvas

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this is a rub off from the face on the right – so fascinating.

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Jorge De La Vega, El dia ilustrisimo (The Illustrious Day), 1965 – Oil, glued canvases, frottage with charcoal on cut-out canvas, synthetic plaster, jewelry, mirrors, glass and plastic on canvas.

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Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, Pastel on 4 Photographs, 1970

Beautiful Photo Alteration – I love to alter photos and of course the urban theme is dear to my heart.

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And now- I had to include this although it wasn’t in the permanent collection. Hello giant rubber stamp!!!!!

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Eduardo Navarro, The Mechanics of  the Alphabet, 2015

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It was a great museums visit- and if you ever go to Buenos Aires, definitely put Malba on your list.

What caught my attention was that there was actually quite some artwork by women- making it yet the more prominent how very few women are present in a lot of Museums throughout the world- naming MoMA for example – and it is not as if women in the 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s of the last century didn’t do wonderful and unique artwork.

The other fact that caught my eye was the variety of supplies that were used – my Mixed Media heart was beating a couple beats faster …in a happy way.

I hope you enjoyed this little art stroll! Which of the pieces I showed did you find most inspiring?

Comments (8)

  • Laura


    Love it Nat, thanks for sharing!


  • Susan Schultheis


    Wow, what fantastic art!! Thank you for sharing your visit to the museum. Since I wll probably never get there, this is the next best thing. I truly enjoyed.


  • Angie Winkler


    Hey Nat- thank you for sharing!!! I loved so many styles you captured, but Emilio Pettoruti’s was fab to me today! (I also thought of Picasso due to CJS16!!! -I am still in progress – maybe done when I see you in a few weeks!?!????) Buenos Aires is on my list of destinations now!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Yeah that one is amazing, isn’t it? I cannot wait to see you in Oklahoma, it is going to be super fun!!!


  • CherylToo


    Hi Nat,
    Thank you for this. I am so loving the two pieces by Joaquin Torres-Garcia. I want to do one for my city Toronto.
    Thanks again,


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      that sounds wonderful cheryl – I hope you share when you are done!


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