Blog: Paul Klee

Early Bird Ending and Workshop Beginning!

Today my newest online class Artful Adventures with Paul Klee is getting started! You can still get in at the Early Bird price until 11:59pm EST tonight, April 27th 2020.

It is my 4th workshop in the Artful Adventures series and this time we are looking at the whimsical artwork and style of Klee and learning how to bring some of his tricks into our own art journals and artwork. Join us in the classroom as we get started today!

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NEW Online Workshop: Artful Adventures with Paul Klee

Today my newest online workshop Artful Adventures with Paul Klee goes on sale on my website!

Get ready to go on another exciting Artful Adventure with us! Through 5 lessons you’ll learn a variety of fun and innovative ways to translate elements of Klee’s playful signature style into your own unique art journaling and artwork.

Sign up NOW to enjoy great pricing: Early Bird pricing – 25% off the regular price of $39, so just $29.25!!! – now through April 27th.

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Sign up now through Monday, April 27th and get the workshop for just $29.25. Throughout the workshop I show you ways to pull off Klee style elements that are fun to experiment with and can add a touch of whimsy and individuality to your own artwork. We’ll learn an image transfer technique, ways to build backgrounds with color and pattern, and discover the freedom of letting loose and even covering things up, all inspired by the artwork and techniques of Paul Klee.

Class begins on Monday April 27th. If you are ready for another Artful Adventure, Sign up TODAY.

This workshop is the fourth in the series so far. The Artful Adventures workshop series introduces you to master artists from around the world and throughout history, and through their techniques and style inspires YOUR art journaling and artmaking. Check out Artful Adventures with Gustav KlimtArtful Adventures with Joan Miró and Artful Adventures with Andy Warhol in this series.

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Art Stroll: Kunsthalle Hamburg Part 2

Last month while going to Germany to teach a workshop I spent a day at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. I loved revisiting the Permanent Collection and see some of my favorites again :)

Max Ernst, Menschliche Figur (Human Figure)  1930 – oil on canvas

I love this painting the shapes the shadows and that you can see the human figure – it is funny and I often smile when I see Max Ernst work.

Max Ernst, Grätenblumen (fishbone flowers) – 1928 – oil on canvas

This is one of my favorite paintings ….like Ever :) Because I remember how excited I was the first time I saw it – the dimensions, the structure, the visual and actual texture and how I couldn’t wait to go home and replicate the look. It was early on in my adventures as a self taught artist and to this day I feel this painting is like a old friend sparking something in me. Yes …I never said I am not a weirdo – hahaha

Paul Klee, Der Goldfisch (The Goldfish), 1925 – Oil and watercolor on paper on cardboard

Another painting that excited me early on – the sgraffito the colors …when I walked into the gallery I almost yelled out “hey fishy” ..but then …the reserved Hamburgers are a bit more suspicious of people bursting out when maybe New Yorkers are – LOL

Paul Klee, Felsige Küste (Rocky Coast) – 1931 – oil on plywood

Love the usage of plywood and the little rectangles – actually it makes me want to do something with the same small pattern but different colors coming together to form a landscape …

btw – the glimpse out of the galleries into the main hall always is a treat :)

Hans Arp, Augen-Nase-Schnurrbart (Eyes, Nose and Moustache) after 1928 – oil on cardboard- artist’s frame

I love the cut shapes and the colors – and reading the title makes me laugh – another outburst tehehehe

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Wehende Formen (Floating Forms) 1935 – Oil on canvas – artist’s canvas

Oskar Schlemmer, Treppenszene (Stairway scene) 1932 – Oil on fabric on plywood – artist’s frame

This painting makes me want to see the Bauhaus Stairway Painting of his from the same year hanging at MoMA in NYC together with this. Apparently- and I didn’t know this before writing this post – there is some controversy as to how the painting got to be at MoMA.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Das Paar vor den Menschen (Two Against The World), 1924 – oil on canvas

I am always fascinated by Kirchner’s paintings- they glow , they are radiant and encapsulate you when you stand in front of them  it is a physical experience.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Das Wohnzimmer (The Living Room) – 1923 – Oil on canvas, artist’s frame

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gut Staberhof (Staberhof Countryseat), 1913  oil on canvas

Love this so much the colors, the shapes …swoon

Emil Nolde, Das Meer VI (The Sea VI), 1915 – oil on canvas

Emil Nolde, Schlepper auf der Elbe (Tugboat on the Elbe) – 1910 – oil on canvas

Max Pechstein, Am Seeufer (On the Banks fo the Lake), 1910

All those paintings make me want to use crazy acidic colors …maybe my love for those colors comes from those artists which I remember being fascinated by in art lessons in school.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Maler und Modell (Painter and Model) – 1910- oil on canvas

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Das blaue Haus (The Blue House) . 1907 – Oil on canvas – artist’s frame

A gorgeous vibrant painting – with such a beautiful frame. The photo really doesn’t do this beautifully textured impasto painting justice but nonetheless I wanted to show it.

Lyonel Feininger, alte Lokomotive (Old American Locomotive), 1910-1924 – oil on canvas

Loving those figures and the background!

If you think I went home after this …Nope – I couldn’t say bye to Kunsthalle (probably the reason why after 5 years living in the U.S. I am still a member there- LOL.

Another part of this Art Stroll is coming soon- I hope you enjoyed this one.

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  • Sue Clarke


    I just love Rocky Coast and would be happy to hang it in my living room if the museum no longer has room for it.


    • nathalie-kalbach


      LOL- me too! Actually I will take any of those if they have no longer room for them hahahaha


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A Line is a dot…on a stroll – Art Journal Spread

” A line is a dote that went for a walk” – Paul Klee. A lot of lines in this spread -strolling around.

This was a demo spread which looked a bit sad, so I painted the areas in different colors, stamped with different stamps of my RubberMoon Stroll Through the Hood sets and then added some marks and journaling with a white China Marker. China Markers are great to write on acrylic paint.

Here are some of the supplies I used – some links are affiliate links

Speaking of walks- have you done a walk lately that inspired you?

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  • Sue Clarke


    What great quote and I like your version of it…especially since your strolls are so inspiring.
    I’ve been sick in the house for almost a full week and I can see the buds on the trees starting to bloom.
    So my short walks out to my yard with my dog have inspired me by seeing these buds and my chicks and hens which are growing very well. Peace.


    • nathalie-kalbach


      Awe- thank you Sue! I am so sorry to hear you are sick- hope you feel better soon!!! huge hugs, nat


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