Stroll Through The Hood

Stroll Through the Hood May 2018

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

This view gets never old for me.

The inside of the Liberty State Train Station – I love the ironwork and woodwork

A different view of Lady Liberty

shown before but still always making me happy. It depicts many buildings I love and sketched – the Lady Liberty train station , the powerhouse…

Come on- that is the cutest free library EVER – in our Hamilton Park

So Van Vorst Park competes with some beautiful peonies :)

A little bit of progress in my studio reorganization – I moved the letterpress to the other side of the wall and arranged my stackable industrial drawer next to it , instead of on top of the letterpress.

new spray painted drain …interesting.

New hairdo …hey …you don’t see me much so I thought I sneak this one in ;)

And this is how I felt when I came from the vet – happy the cat was doing well ….kind of going nuts that the bill was crazy :) LOL.

Hope you enjoyed this little stroll through my hood – thank you for strolling along

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the ironwork also.
    Nice do and lighter color for a change. I want to do eggplant to dye my grays and maybe it will show up better than on my dark brown hair?
    Sewer drain painting…who does that? Gorgeous.
    Have a nice creative weekend Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      That sounds like a cool color choice- go and try it! Have a wonderful creative rest of the week , Sue!

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Stroll Through The Hood – April 2018

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

What a weird snowy April this has been – but oh well …I still managed to get outside ;) Love the new paste up by Dylon Egon

And those spray painted flowers by Emilio Florentine

Always love the geometric shapes of Rubin415

And this skull was new to me as well by K-Nor.

And aren’t those little flowers pretty!!!? It is funny- I saw the for the first time in Japan and I thought it was a plant only there- but then …boom – right around the corner of our house – they were “looking” at me

Drunk a lot of Genmaicha,  which is a Japanese tea consisting of green tea combined with roasted popped brown rice ..and snacked on those pretty delicious lemon cookies Kim brought me. Live is good and inspiring :)

Hope you enjoyed the stroll – see you for the next one soon.

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Stroll Through The Hood – March 2018

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

This is a photo my friend Heather took of our cat Niles when she was over for dinner. We laughed so much about it – how would you caption the photo? I was thinking “Eh, excuse me, but I think I ordered the Chardonnay!”

A night out with my girlfriends is always inspiring – love those ladies :)

I was working on a “secret” task which I will tell you all about very soon – it was a lot of work and included some work out of the box for me- and that for sure was inspiring – doing something different, hanging out with other creative people can be so revitalizing for your creative process.

Some flowers on those branches- Kim and I were wondering if those are dogwood? I have no clue since dogwood is not something native to Germany- so I wouldn’t know – but maybe you do? In any event – tiny pink flowers on a branch – absolutely inspiring :)

This made me laugh at a pub’s restroom. I actually also love the way the text is displayed – I might keep this in mind for an art journal spread.

The award for the cutest drinking container at a restaurant goes to this honey bear filled with orange juice. Love the idea for recycling !


And the snow storm here last week lead to this pretty evening view out of our window. That would be actually really cool turned into visual texture on a canvas, don’t you think?

Hope you enjoyed my little stroll through the hood this month – let’s see what the next month will bring :)

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  • Janene

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    Oh, and the kitty is asking for a glass of Purr-lot.

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  • Caroline

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    Your cat is sooo funny – I think the quote should be “C’mon, fill it up properly!” I think the flowers are probably cherry or apple (trees and shrubs are my job)

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  • Janene

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    The pink flower is a Flowering Quince. It, along with the yellow-flowered Forsythia, is a harbinger of spring.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      oh cool- thank you Janene- When I googled Flowering Quince that is exactly what came up as to what this looks like. Cool!!! I like it

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Nice. Hehee kitty is so cute. That quote fits great!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Karen- he knows he is cute- LOL. He is a little spoiled kitty.

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Stroll Through The Hood – January 2018

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Pretty cold her most of the days for strolling but still have some seen some fun stuff. The picture above shows part of a door I saw in Lower Manhattan -it is so cool!

If you remember Ken-No-More – the pumpkin I showed in one of my former strolls this fellow has replaced Ken on a neighboring window. I start to think the guys in that house have a really fun humor :)

On New Year’s Day my husband and I walked down the Liberty State Park- booooyy it soo cold and nobody was out there- but it was a beautiful walk. Never getting tired of the view of the city from the park.

Not all glory and shine the day after a snow day – pretty hard to cross the street as a pedestrian btw – and yeah …you see right …some snow is yellow ;)

but the view from my studio window was quite nice – I love the untouched snow blanket.

I saw the mural above by Seth Globepainter on my way to my art class – I cannot believe I have missed it so far- I guess I haven’t been a while in that particular area of my hood. Love this so much!

Speaking of Art Class- I am currently taking a Drypoint Etching class and I love it so much. Above is a plate I was working on in my first lesson.

And here we are with a friend eating the first ice cream of the year …it really was a bit too cold- but the guys wanted to do it- so why not ;)

I hope you enjoyed this little cold stroll -see you next month – I hope you will join me on my February Stroll.

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Love the stroll!! That girl mural is crazy amazing so realistic!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Karen! :) Yeah- it is so cool- I love seeing it when I go to my class!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Of course I love your strolls Nat.
    We eat ice cream here in NH every season so it’s never the first one of the year. LOL
    Your deck is sweet…and a nice view from your studio for sure.
    Your view of the city is gorgeous…I tend to forget just how close to NYC you really are.
    Enjoy your day,
    Sue

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- I love this “it’s never the first one of the year” . Enjoy your day as well Sue and have an awesome start into the week!

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Stroll Through the Hood – December 2017

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Always love the sky in winter time from our deck. On a funny side note when I was a kid my mom and aunts would tell me that the sky looks that bright and red in the winter because the angels are baking christmas cookies ….

A couple days with snow already here … I love the lights and the weird foggy skyline of NYC and JC in the background

HA – this is an unfinished painting of mine which I put into our bedroom on my side – so every morning I get reminded that this is not done yet …yeah …cruel- I know- LOL

Yarn Bombing near the Christopher Street Path – keep those poor trees warm and cozy :) Love the pattern and colors

and our Christmas Tree this year- not as tall as usual but I love it-. I was laying laying on the sofa being sick when I took the photo – hence the crazy angle- LOL  (I am feeling better now- just a stupid cold).

Not a hole lotta strolling out side I guess- but Baby…it was cold outside ;)

Hope you had a wonderful month so far and some time to stroll through your hood – see you next month with some takes from my neck of the wood :)

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  • Jean Goza

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    Always enjoy your strolls through the hood. Love the tale of angels baking cookies. Made me smile. Have an awesome holiday. See you in CJS.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Angels baking cookies (never heard that one).
    Yarn bombing…never heard of that either but I like the look of it.
    Merry Christmas Nat!

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Stroll Through the Hood – November 2017

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

I bought this telephone glass insulator at an antique store and I am so in love with hit. I had now idea those existed- but now I am totally addicted. Love how the light from our window makes this beautiful color pop.

This funny pumpkin was sitting around in the hood and it made me laugh. Ken More …I guess now he is Ken No-More

This Mural around the corner- OMG- I soooo love this. It shows some iconic buildings of Jersey City like the Powerhouse and the Liberty State Park Train Station and some of you might know that I used those buildings for inspiration for my sketches for my Stroll Through the Hood stamps as well.

It never gets old- sunset over the city – so dramatic !

For Thanksgiving I bought a couple fun flowers at a new flower store Casa Mona in my neighborhood and set them into my little stamped vases. (you can see how Kim and I did that here) . Isn’t the mini pineapple just the cutest thing ever?

And of course Thanksgiving was wonderful as well- which we hosted and we had a ton of guests and lots of fun :)

And then I hosted our annual Friendsgiving – where we invite some friends. This time I made Mulled Wine (Glühwein) and got this old punch set I was giving by my great aunt to work. She would have loved Friendsgiving – she always loved hosting and her glasses, dishes etc. are always something I love to bring out to – it is like celebrating her a bit too during those events and thinking of her :)

And here is Niles our cat sleeping at the fire place – lucky him ;) Love this little guy – he is almost 18 years old – and he sleeps a lot. In my next life I want to be him- hahahah.

I hope you enjoyed the stroll! Wishing you a wonderful December!

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  • Janet

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    Great photo of Niles! He looks like my Katarina who is 17 and is such a queen! Pretty much lives on my bed with meals served there when she isn’t sleeping. And of course you are celebrating your aunt…in such a beautiful way! I love to use my relatives’ dishes and know that they are right there with me, enjoying the moment. Beautiful photos. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- they deserve to be queens and kings at that age :) Thank you for joining me on the stroll through the hood :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love the fireplace and it’s hard to believe that Niles is almost 18.
    I especially like how the vases came out with the dark ink against the while background.
    Thanks for another stroll.
    Yeah for memories of your dear Aunt.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Sue :) Yeah – I cannot believe it either- once in a while he becomes a little kitten again and runs around like crazy- LOL.

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Stroll Through the Hood – October 2017

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Love the fall – we did a lot of bicycle rides the last couple weeks – the views from Liberty State Park never cease to amaze me.

Secret Beach is open again – it is closed as a bird sanctuary during the summer months.

When you drive through this you really forget you are in a city :)

Little carving on the way that made me smile.

A lot of horseshoe crabs again-this one is so light – I wonder if the dark color comes when they are out of the water longer?

From the pier in front of Liberty Train Station – the pier is still damaged from Hurricane Sandy.

And after a day in the studio another beautiful view in this glowing light.

There are also a ton of Monarchs flying around in the park right now – it is amazing. They are so beautiful.

Lucky us: my friends and I got a seat in the busy path on the way home – never a dull moment in the path ;)

And the last night warm enough to have a spontaneous stoop hangout with our friends -It is a typical thing to do in the neighborhood – I love this so much. I know many people think that cities are super anonymous but we are living in a really fun area and we are super lucky that a lot of our friends live in walking distance.

An art installation in front of City Hall for the Jersey City Art and Studio tour, which sadly I had to miss this year because I went to the U.K to teach.

And watching beautiful sunsets with unreal clouds on our decks. What a great inspiring month it was – I hope yours was amazing as well!

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  • JoAnn

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    What a wonderful Stroll Through the Hood – loved it all.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thanks for joining JoAnn- have a wonderful weekend!

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Stroll Through The Hood – September 2017

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

You never know where you spot Dylan Egons black and white paste ups …

my godson sketching our deck on our deck  and writing in his travel journal – mmmmyyyy boyyyy LOL

Love this in Jersey City’s Little India

We took a trip to  the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. I have been here probably 10 years or longer ago when it wasn’t a NHP yet and boy has this been cleaned up. You might remember this if you watched the Sopranos

or if you watched Paterson a Jim Jarmusch movie ( I just love Jim Jarmusch movies and I had just watched Paterson on the plane a couple days before we went there. It is a beautiful movie!) Anyway- it is a very cool place.

Coming back into JC it is always wonderful to be greeted by David

and see other murals along the way

in the dingy weird industrial side streets close to the entrance of the Holland Tunnel – maybe what visiting people see as the ugly NJ …and where I see grungy beauty

and thinking to myself- you guys just have no clue how beautiful NJ actually is ;)

And last pic- this little pop-up- poetry store in the pedestrian area -that was fun and the poem he wrote for my godson and me was:

hands are heavy

bones made to break

hearts born to stop

and still we toss them all

rugged and raw toward…infinity

we are strange adventurers

always moving forward

bold and full of love.


Love it- yes we are strange adventurers !!! Hope you are having a wonderful day and enjoyed this stroll- see you soon in the hood.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Gotta love Bowie (as Aladdin Sane here).
    The poet on the street is great fun as well.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      So true Sue- so sad he passed away! Hope you have a gorgeous weekend!

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Great read! Love the pics such a cool neighborhood

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Karen – I do love living here a lot – it is always changing and there is always something I haven*t seen.

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Stroll Through the Hood – August 2017

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

I know I have posted photos of this view from Liberty State Park several times- but for me it just doesn’t get old!

Here is a newly painted tower at the edge of the park by Mr Mustart.

Kind of in the hood – a little stroll on the Highline early in the morning – what a great time to be there – and seing a little glimpse of a mural by PixelPancho.

And on the walk to the subway a mural by Osgemeos – I love the pants- they are made off all kinds of different flags.

In the East Village this awesome door – love the patterns, the hair, the writing :)

 

Close by the former Adath Jeshurun of Jassy Synagogue, which I believe now has artist studios in it – I hope it is not just abandoned. What a great building.

In the Bowery a Shepard Fairey – I love how the wall is decaying and the purple paint underneath is crackling through again.

And in Jersey City this mural by Nychos

On a construction wall around the corner a paste up by Dylon Egon

And of course…as I am such a dork for elephants …and btw- this has been a block from my place for a long time – how did I miss it so far – by Mr. Prvrt

And last but not least my new fire red bike with which I am strolling through the hood a lot this summer. As you can see I found a piece of drift wood on the water side on that tour, so of course that had to come with me ;)

Hope you enjoyed this stroll and that you had a great time strolling around in your own hood for some inspiration as well.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    As always it was nice to see what you discovered on your stroll.
    I love older buildings and especially like the photo Adath Jeshurun of Jassy Synagogue.
    BTW, I started to read your book while on vacation and took lots of pics looking at sculptures on an outdoor tour and went back to the cottage and did a mixed media page based on the inspiration that I got from one of them.
    I don’t think that the art based on a specific inspiration “clicked” for me before reading your book.
    So thanks!

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