Blog: Mixed Media Painting

Piece of the Pie – New Painting

“A Piece of Pie” was inspired by my Strolls through the Hood in Jersey City, and specifically an abandoned warehouse building in my hood.

The building looks like a piece of pie when you look at the satellite view. The history of this building is unbeknownst to me, although real estate records indicate that it is sold every few years for not too much money. Someone gets a piece of gentrification pie when that happens.

I used spray paint, acrylic paint, gouache, collage, and markers on the 10×10” canvas.

The building is for sure an interesting landmark and I really would love to know more about the history of this building. It would make an amazing art and community center as well.

“A Piece of Pie” is available in my store and I would love to give this painting a new home.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Another gorgeous one Nat!
    I need more wall space.

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Going Dutch – New Painting

In my neighborhood is a row of four beautiful Dutch Queen Anne style houses.

They were built around 1889 by Garret van Horne who was a descendent of one of the first Dutch families in the city.

They reflect houses you can find in Amsterdam. I love these houses and the beautiful old park that is right next to it.

The background is created with collage elements and I used spray paint, acrylic paint, gouache, collage, and markers on this 10×10” canvas.

Going Dutch is available for sale and would love to have a new home :)

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We Shall Overcome – New Painting

Another painting with the gorgeous mural in my neighborhood “We Shall Overcome”

I added some texture to this one by adding heavy buddy paint through my Signal Stencil – some added actual texture.

Painting a motif on different substrates has been a lot of fun – I love to explore different backgrounds and changing things up.

We shall Overcome is available in my store and looking for a new loving home.

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We Shall Overcome Mini – New Painting

I love this mural in in my neighborhood by case case_maclaim – We shall Overcome. I walk by this mural quite often and especially during this time of pandemic it has resonated with me a lot.

It is also a reminder of all the things that are broken and still need to be overcome …I still have hope.

This artwork is created on an 8”x8” canvas board using spray paint, acrylic paint, gouache, and markers.

It is available in my store and I would love to give it a new home ! 

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Essential Business – Painting

I painted “Essential Business” in response to the closing of all businesses in New Jersey due to COVID-19, except those deemed essential. In New Jersey liquor stores are of course classified as essential.

I was inspired by my Strolls through the Hood in Jersey City for this mixed media painting, and specifically a row of businesses with great looking signs and a lot of vintage character.

As a European I am also still amazed by the fact that often times liquor stores and pharmacies are in one building -just calling it Drugs and Liquor – lots of thoughts provoked by this in me.

This original painting was made with spray paint, acrylic paint, gouache, and markers on canvas and it measures 10×10″. It would love to find a new home and you can buy it here in my store if you are interested.

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Summit Mansion – Painting

Here is another take on the beautiful mansion in my neighborhood.

I cannot wait to see the house in person again as well – I really miss my stroll through the hood.

But I am glad I have so many photos to keep me inspired to paint.

This painting would love to find a new home – it is available in the store.

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Neo Greek to Me – Painting

Another version of a painting of those gorgeous Neo Greek brownstones in my neighborhood.

I had such a great time painting this using Spraypaints, Markers, stencils and stamps.

This might be one of my favorites of my Stroll Through the Hood Painting Series. But hey – there will be more lol.

This 10×10” canvas is still available in my store and I would love if it would find a loving new home.

And please join me tomorrow for a Facebook Live Kaffeeklatsch at 12noon EST! I would love to say Hi and catch up on everything new at n*Studio :)

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Summit Mansion Mini – Painting

This little painting already found a loving home and I am so excited about it.

It makes me really happy to know that my Stroll Through the Hoods paintings do resonate with you and there are other architecture lovers out there :)

Now when I walk by the house I will think “someone else likes you so much – you are now part of a different home in a different state as well” – I like that thought.

I hope you are all doing well- please stay safe and healthy!

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  • Jeanne

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    I am so pleased and joyful with “my” paintings. I have been a quilter for 30 yrs and given away most of the quilts or wall hangings. I share your feeling of a bit of sadness when they leave the nest, some are really hard to let go. Now a days I only make quilts for those I know will truly appreciate them and I am keeping many more for myself! Thank you again for you inspirational work that brings joy to our house.

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  • Deborah Pierro

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    Nat–I love your building paintings. That is truly your niche!
    p.s. Don’t forget to change your copyright on your website to 2006-2020!

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Neo Greek to Me Mini – Painting

This Mini Painting on canvas board called “Mini Greek to Me” already found a loving home – but I would still like to share :)

I love this row of 5 Neo Greek style brownstones in my neighborhood.

Every time I pass them I see some other detail that intrigues me and the more I research the different styles of Brownstones the more I can categorize them.

My new routine is to first sketch and work on the building in my art journal – and then I paint it on a small and bigger canvas at the same time and last I add it to a huge ledger from 1840 which I want to fill with all those buildings and I call it the Stroll Through the Hood Ledger. I will share some pix or a little video with you some time later this year.

I have a lot of fun with those paintings. As said this one found a home – basically the moment I said I finished it on Instagram- if you want to check out my other paintings- head on over to the store. I always love heading to the post office and send a painting out …also because I pass those Neo Greek houses on the way ;) 

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Lovely! Mine is already hung up in the hallway!

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