Friday, May 10, 2019


Being able to travel is an amazing privilege. These three months we spent in Ireland have been wonderful (truly full of wonder!). It is a beautiful country and Irish people we met are kind, friendly and welcoming. I am certain we will be back in Ireland in the future.

There are things to be done here that have kept me from working on my art this last week. It takes about a week to get over the jet lag too, but we are almost entirely caught up. I am making a lovely beef stew today and taking a big breath in before jumping into creating a new series of paintings.

This is Giant's Causeway  - one of the amazing places we visited in Ireland.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

It's complicated with those two

Going strong... My husband and I have been together for 19 years and it is our wedding (17th) anniversary today. We met in Albuquerque, NM in March 2000, and have been pretty much inseparable since. We survived multiple moves (to different countries even!), long working hours, and a few tragic losses. We continue to love and support each other and our "quirky" projects and endeavors. Happy to be living this crazy life together!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Artem Mater Physicus

"Can a woman have it all?" This is a modern, professional, educated woman's dilemma. Can one woman be a mother, work full time, have a functioning marriage, raise decent human beings, make home beautiful and clean, cook, be a good friend - all at the same time? I think this is impossible if one does not have financial independence or a support system that helps her achieve some of these goals. However, achieving one or two of her goals at some time in life is doable.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

Cob 2, horse painting by Natasa Vretenar

I love painting Gypsy Vanner horses. It is wonderful to see them in the Irish green pastures.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Foal 2, horse painting by Natasa Vretenar

Here is another little foal painting. I am having too much fun here in Ireland to do any serious work, but I still try to sketch and paint something every day. It does not happen all the time, but this whole trip is an amazing experience and an artist's dream trip!  Hopefully, in the remaining few weeks we will be able to explore more rural Ireland and I am really looking forward to that!


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