Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Along the Jemez River, by Natasa Vretenar

I am missing NM a bit these days. This is another challenge for the Let's paint NM group. I still may work on it later but I am done for now. I just love Jemez river and especially the hot springs!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our Lady I-VI

Each painting is 18x3" on a 1.5" cradled birch panel. On each side I painted 3D roses on each painting. These paintings are labor intensive - I use crackle medium to achieve the old cracked look and this alone takes 3-4 solid days to dry. There are many layers of paint and also, it takes a lot of paint to build up all the roses. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Our Lady VI - 2017, by Natasa Vretenar

It has been as busy as ever around here. I still have a lot of paintings to varnish from my Canada 150 project and I got to do some of them this morning. They are drying now, while I prepare a couple of large substrates for my next two big paintings. I am excited to paint a few big ones. They require a lot of work and preparation (both mental and material). 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Our Lady IV - 2017, by Natasa Vretenar

A few years ago I painted three paintings like these and they sold. I miss seeing them around so I decided to paint a few more. I really enjoy painting "Our Lady" series. These paintings are on a 18x3" birch panel on a 1.5" thick cradle. I paint every side of the painting with highly textured roses.  The roses are on top, bottom and sides of the painting. 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rejection and opportunities

Yesterday I had a record of four rejections in my email. I got a bit bummed out, but all was better after a few hours spent with my family. Sometimes, a situation that is not an ideal one turns out to be a blessing in disguise. There is so much to be grateful for.

Now I feel motivated to finish up a few projects I put aside for a while. Today I was able to prep two large supports (to finish dragon-koi series) and 12 little ones (to catch up on my Let's paint NM challenges).

I also did some experimenting with the flexible modelling paste and pouring medium. I love to work on my projects and when I finish one, the new projects tie into what I have been working previously. I feel like I do not have enough time to do all the things I want to do.

They are cutting the grass in the field outside our condo building and it smells so good! Sun is shining, everything is rapidly turning green, grass and trees are looking better every day. Edmonton is looking good these days.

Here is my painting for the Challenge #12 in Let's Paint New Mexico group.


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