Blog: Painting

Block Party Painting

Block Party is a different take on a painting of this building and is inspired by my strolls through the hood. It is part also of my neighborhood series.

I created it with spray paint, markers, ink, and acrylic paint on canvas. You will often see the combination of classic row house architecture and a colorful contemporary mural in our city and I am big fan of that.

In this scene the mural depicts a festive block party, you can almost hear the old skool hip hop (maybe Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight?) and get a feel for the vibe.

 I carried this energy throughout the piece in the bright colors and rhythmic patterns in the background.

“Block Party” is an original painting on canvas and measures 10″x8″ -It is available in the store and would love to find a new home.

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Block Party Mini Painting

Block Party Mini is another painting inspired by my strolls through the hood and is part of my neighborhood series. ⁠I am having so much fun with this series and also really enjoy making multiple versions on different substrates.

The combination of classic row house architecture and a colorful contemporary mural is something that is not uncommon in this city – and I am a fan of it. In this scene a wonderful mural by @zoonchez (on instagram) depicts a festive block party, you can almost hear the old skool hip hop (maybe Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight?) and get a feel for the vibe.

There will be a dessert place coming soon in the storefront and boy I cannot wait :)


“Block Party Mini” is an original painting made with spray paint, markers, acrylic paint, gouache, and stencils on canvas board and measures 8″x8″ and available now in my store! EDITED: SOLD

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love it Nat and could you please stop selling out of your minis so quickly! ;-)

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Good Vibes Only Mini Painting

Here is the mini version of my Good Vibes Only painting I showed you a couple days earlier.

I was inspired by my Strolls through the Hood in Jersey City for this little mixed media painting. The classic brick apartment facade is given energy and life with a series of colorful murals – something that is common in my hood where a renaissance of development and hope is happening. That energy is also reflected in the sky and ground – with layers of buzzing pattern.

Good Vibes Only Mini” is an original painting made with spray paint, markers, acrylic paint, gouache, and stencils on canvas board and measures 8″x8″ and available now :)

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Good Vibes Only Painting

This painting is inspired by my strolls through the hood. 

The back of this brick apartment building has this gorgeous colorful Mural by Zeh Palito – He called it Good Vibes Only and that is exactly what this mural oozes into the neighborhood.

The painting was created with spray paint, markers, acrylic paint, gouache, and stencils on canvas. and measures 10″x10″ on extra deep 1.5″ canvas. It is available for sale now here.

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Push & Pull Mini Painting

Another Painting with the same theme that I did at the same time as the bigger canvas here

This painting is on a 8×8 Canvas board – and I loved exploring different line qualities along with different stencil work as well.

I was inspired by my Strolls through the Hood in Jersey City for this little mixed media painting. This historic area and some of its beautiful vintage homes are undergoing the familiar transformations caused by gentrification.

Here I was trying to capture this transition in action with a looming visage of victorian architecture, wearing with age but still proudly dominating the landscape.

This painting is now also available in my store here. I would love to have someone give it a new home :) 

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Gorgeous but out of stock already.
    Sad for me but happy for the person who bought it!

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    • nathalie-kalbach

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      Awe- Sue! It went super quick but hey- hopefully one of my future paintings will catch your eye- I am making more time for painting this year for sure :)

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Push & Pull – Painting

This victorian building in my new neighborhood has seen quite some changes.

The push and pull of old and new keep fascinating me and expressed this through color and pattern and the layers to recount this story of change.

What could this building tell?

Push & Pull is made with stencils, stamps, spray paint, acrylic paint, and markers on 10″x10″ on extra deep 1.5” canvas.

It is available for sale in the store here and is looking for a new home :)

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  • gunvor

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    This is a fabulous piece of art! The background looks like fire works

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Worship – Painting

This painting is inspired by a beautiful wood church in my neighborhood. 

I just recently was inside the church as it also showed some artwork of local artists during the Jersey City Art and Studio tour.

I am not easily taken by church buildings anymore …don’t get me wrong, but as a European I have had my share of stunning and OLD churches- but this one is breathtaking and unique – I had to paint it.

I used Acrylic paints, Markers, charcoal, oil pastels for this painting. I am right now painting a series of paintings inspired by my Strolls through the Hood – and I am having a lot of fun with it. 

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Small World Painting

Today I wanted to share with you my first painting I made in my new studio and on my new easel. As I love our old 1884 house and we did a lot of research into the history of the house, I knew I wanted to paint it.

I was especially fascinated by the different people who lived in this house – for example one family lived in this house for 50 years but also finding old pictures that show some of the changes of the house ….there once was a stoop ! (I am totally for bringing back the stoop!)

I always found it fascinating to think of the stories that an old house could tell about the live of ordinary people. BTW one of a longtime tenants of the house lived in my studio and was a printmaker in NYC …that makes me feel there are special artsy vibes in my studio LOL.

For the painting I carved some stamps of architectural elements – like the cornice, windows and the architectural terracotta tiles that decorate our brick facade.

I loved playing with painting, stamping and stenciling.

As always I was building up a lot of layers – for me it is like the patina that is added throughout the years of stories contained in the building.

And then I hung it in the entry way of my studio on the brick wall – that was a ton of fun to paint.

As for the wall easel – I love it – it is so cool to have that much space and be able to do two paintings at once – not that I have done that yet …but we shall see as next I want to do some smaller paintings. Hope you enjoyed seeing the progress and details of my new painting.

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  • Heidi de Quincey

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    Brilliant dear girl x

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  • jamcam2022

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    Lovely story and painting. Enjoy your new home?

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  • Kathy

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    So beautiful!!

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  • Pam Hansen

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    Super cool Nathalie. I hope 2020 brings you lots of happiness in your new home and prosperity in your business. ❤️

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  • Tracy

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    I love it!

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Winter Village – Painting

Close by my hood is an area  of Jersey City called “The Village”. It used to be Jersey City’s own Little Italy and it still has some old Italian Mom and Pop Stores and Restaurants.

I love the mural by Beau Stanton on one of the Buildings which depicts some of the landmarks of Jersey City.

It is one of those weird things where a mural that is created with landmarks creates a landmark.

I am really into the colors I used this time – I already started another canvas with the same yellow gold sienna color for the background …let’s see :)

You can find this painting for sale here in my shop.

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