Thursday, November 26, 2015

At the show

I am in my booth 618 at make it Edmonton. A lot of people are visiting the show. I am here today until 9 pm.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Setup ready at MakeIt Edmonton!

I brought my paintings and set them up! Hope to have fun this weekend!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Summer in the North by Natasa Vretenar


I like to paint in series. This is one of my aspen series paintings that I really like - the texture, thick paint and aspen trees densely populating the painting.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Small gems I am taking to MakeIt Edmonton

These are just a few paintings I am taking with me to MakeIt Edmonton this week from Thursday to Sunday. I will be in my booth #618 all day each day. I hope that there will be a lot of visitors to stop by the booth and see my art in person and to meet me.

I decided to use one wall in my booth for small gems - these paintings will be $100 or less each. I love to paint big but I also paint a lot of small paintings to try out new things and hone my painting skills. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase and own one of my original paintings at a great price.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Other benefits of preparing for the show

Putting together a show is a lot of work. From choosing a theme, to finding a place where to exhibit to doing the actual paintings, it takes many months to put everything together.

One of the important things about the shows is that it forces me to review my inventory and label everything and a lot of times even rework the paintings I want to take to the show. I spent several days this week going through my paintings and packed quite a few of them in polyethylene bags to take to the show next week. I find that the polyethylene bags work well (4 mil) for my acrylic paintings to protect them in transit to and from the show. They are of course not environment friendly but I reuse them and store my paintings in them to protect them from dust and scratching. I order them from U-Line here in Canada. Their shipping is fast and reliable for many supplies I needed (including grid wall accessories).

I have mostly packed my floral paintings so far, but three bears are going as well. I am sure there will be more animals ready to go by next week.

Friday, November 20, 2015

MakeIt Edmonton, Natasa Vretenar

I like painting this size paintings. I have a few more sizes that I prefer and these days I try to stick to these few sizes, as it helps with storage and framing issues.

I am going through my inventory today all day and finding nice gems to take with me to the show. One of the paintings is this "Spring is Here" painting - I just love the colours and textures on this one.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Koi IX, Natasa Vretenar

This is the last one in this series for now! 16x12"

All of these paintings are now varnished and I am going to buy some frames and will take them to the MakeIt Edmonton show next week. I can't believe we have less than a week before the show. Tempus fugit!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Koi VIII, Natasa Vretenar


Got busy today with varnishing and preparing paintings for the show. The prep time is demanding and long. It takes a while to put all the hanging gear on the back of the paintings. I also needed new frames for all the koi paintings. These are done on a canvas panel so they need to be framed.

I am working on the smaller pieces at home when kids get sick or if there are other pressing issues, and have several large paintings in progress at the studio. I find it that when i do one thing right (for example dedicate my day to painting), everything else suffers no matter how well i plan things out.
I am working hard to have everything ready for the show next week. The show starts on Thursday and lasts 4 days until Sunday.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Koi VII by Natasa Vretenar


In this series, I started the panels with black gesso. I like black gesso because the colours pop out as you layer paint on top of it. Then I used some blue LUKAS paint I had (it is a thick acrylic paint, great for adding texture) to create water ripples. You can see this in the above painting around fish heads the most.  Once that layer of paint was sufficiently dry, i continued with glazing and with building the koi texture and transparency. This 12x16" series was a lot of fun to do and I learned a lot by playing with different texture building mediums. I am ready to move on to the larger panels and work on more koi in the near future.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Koi VI by Natasa Vretenar


I had a nice pond stocked with koi in Albuquerque, NM. It was delightful to watch the fish swim around, eat their food and splash. The pond attracted butterflies and dragonflies and was surrounded with native fragrant and hardy plants. A lot of my reference photos for this koi series come from that pond in our backyard.


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