Thursday, November 7, 2019

Living in Calgary and Okotoks Art Gallery

I am so happy to live in Calgary now. We have been here for 4 months, met so many wonderful people, and had a lot of fun exploring the city even though we have been super busy. Everyone has adjusted well to their new schools and work. Moving is hard in many ways, but we are all excited to be here. What I like the most are friendly people and being able to escape to the mountains in less than an hour! We are fortunate to live near such natural beauty. I always feel humbled and in awe when I visit the mountains, no matter how many times I see the lakes and the peaks!

Last week I dropped off a few of my paintings and ornaments at the Okotoks Art Gallery. It is a lovely town, and the gallery had a great exhibit going on. Their Spirit of Christmas show will run from the next week for 6 weeks and there will be lots of goodies, ornaments and smaller paintings for sale. I will be at the gallery on the 15th during the tree lighting ceremony in Okotoks.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Inktober 2019 "Husky" by Natasa Vretenar

Inktober is a rare time when I post stuff from my sketchbook. I do not spend much time on these drawings/sketches. It is an exercise in trying to quickly get the likeness of the subject I am drawing and experiment with textures and colors.

Today's prompt is Husky. I took an old painting I did a long time ago and used Tombow marker brush pens to make this sketch. I like how the texture of the painting shows through the ink layers. It is really fun to try a new tool and new (to me) markers.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019

Inktober 2019 Day 4 Freeze by Natasa Vretenar

For this quick sketch I used Tombow dual brush pens and my favorite Molotow marker for the snow and the ground. I also used a bit of Golden white ink for the background, but i am afraid it may have gotten a bit old and it was too watery.

Thankfully, most of the now has melted by now and Calgary is nice and sunny and enjoyable!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Inktober 2019 Day 3 "Bait" by Natasa Vretenar

I am getting used to these brush markers (Tombow). They are quite colorful too and fun to use. I am pretty sure they will be going with me on my next travel out of town. The prompt for the third day is "Bait". 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Inktober 2019 Day 2 "Mindless" by Natasa Vretenar

I am doing the drawing first thing in the morning. I am only concerned about getting the idea down on the paper and testing the new markers, not trying to make a finished painting. This inktober is a rare time when I let others peek into my sketchbook, usually I guard it closely :).

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Inktober 2019 Day 1 "Ring" by Natasa Vretenar

I got Tombow dual brush markers in and am playing with them for the #inktober this year. My kids convinced me to do it with them this year (they created some amazing art last time!), and even though ink is not my media it is fun to try new things and do fun drawings. I am really liking these markers.

I also like to participate in a project that has prompts - it forces me to think outside my regular thinking paths and sometimes some good ideas come out of that. Let's see where this #inktober2019 takes me!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Ready for #inktober2019 sometimes does come through! I think they have made some improvements in the past year or so, because now I can actually order things and receive at a decent price and in short time. I got my Tombow dual brush markers in the next day and now I am ready to do some drawings every day for the entire month of October! Looking forward to it.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

New Wave show at CARFAC is over too

I picked up my paintings from CARFAC Alberta as well - they were in a group show called "New Wave". I did 150 paintings to celebrate Canada and five of these paintings were on the display in this show. The picture below is from the Whitemud Library show where I had 50 paintings on display last year. It was such a fun project to do! I did a painting each day for 5 months - mostly depicting Canadian wildlife and flora, as well as a few scenes from everyday life. In the process of making these paintings I talked to many people about what being Canadian means to them and I learned a lot. I also read about Canada's history and read its constitution. It is amazing how a constitution of a country can shape and influence daily lives of its citizens.

the link to all the paintings is

Friday, September 27, 2019

Glenrose Rehab Hospital Blue Curve Gallery Show is now over

Yesterday I picked up my paintings from GRH - this was my last solo show in Edmonton. I am grateful to have been able to show my art at the Glenrose Rehab Hospital in their Mezzanine, Blue Curve and Inspire galleries over the years. I am happy to share my art and bring some color and joy to patients going through recovery process.

Thanks GRH for the support and for providing space to show art to local artists!


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