Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lynx, windows series - by Natasa Vretenar


The third animal in my windows series is Lynx. It's hard to capture in the wild as they are elusive.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Studio situation

I have been in my studio for a while now and I realized that I have to keep looking for another space because of the dust. I am slowly moving my studio and also looking for a space with better light and no dust. It is surprisingly hard to find space that does not cost an arm and a leg in Edmonton. In the mean time, I continue my journey and paint on my dining room table at home. Something like this would do!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Show Off, peacock painting by Natasa Vretenar


Show Off

My daughter took a photo of a peacock last time we visited the Calgary Zoo and I used it as a reference for this painting. I liked how the feathers were flowing a bit to the side. Peacocks are truly beautiful creatures.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Storm WIP

Working on several paintings and this is my work in progress "The Storm". We had so many storms this summer. Actually, this is our first summer we did not leave Edmonton and maybe it is normal to have a storm almost every day in the afternoon, but we like the thunder and refreshing rain. We did not have any hail storms in Edmonton yet this year.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Neighbourhood Watch, by Natasa Vretenar


She Wolf, by Natasa Vretenar


I started the "Windows" series as an exploration of different symbols, mainly those present in mythology and legends of countries that I lived in. Animals represent different character and behavioural traits of humans. 

The first in the series is "She Wolf". She wolf is looking at us from the window with a piercing gaze. She is strong, independent and overcomes many challenges. She is holding a red rose in her mouth. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. It is contrasted by thorns symbolizing pain and loss. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

GRH Inspire Gallery show is up at the Glenrose Rehab Hospital in Edmonton

My show "Tranquility" is up at the GRH in Edmonton. These are the paintings on display in the area where patients get physical therapy. I am happy to contribute to their healing - my art really brightened up the place and made it a happier space. The show is up until September 28, 2016.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Two shows coming up

Today I am varnishing some large paintings. It takes a while to varnish the big ones - 3x5 ft each, but I am done with the first layer. I usually varnish with Liquitex gloss medium and varnish and do at least 2 layers. For large paintings like these ones, I am using large synthetic brush for varnishing.

There is a lot going on in the next month with my art. I have two shows - one at the new Inspire Gallery at GRH from July 27th to mid September "Tranquility", and another at the Mezzanine Gallery at GRH called "Wilderness"

Inspire gallery show is a mix of my old and new work, mainly landscapes. This space is a healing space for patients at Glenrose RH and I am happy to have the opportunity to show there and hopefully contribute to someone's recovery process.

Mezzanine gallery will feature my wild animal paintings - this gallery is located just off the main floor entrance at Glenrose RH.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


This year we have had the most wonderful Spring - the weather is perfect. We have been spending a lot of time outdoors, hiking and exploring our beautiful ravine in Edmonton. There are so many trails and many stairs to climb. There is no better place to get in shape :). I have collected a lot of reference materials for my ongoing ravine series. Here is one painting that started that series.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Working on my website

I decided to link all the pictures on the main website to prices. It is an ongoing process, but necessary as I pulled all my art from galleries and am focusing on more art production this year and ultimately working on my goals of being completely self-represented in the future.

Yesterday, we took a nice drive to Lacombe to pick up my paintings at the Gallery on Main. Laverne is a wonderful lady who runs the gallery and she is going to be moving down the road in a ground floor gallery space in the next month. She represents many wonderful Alberta artists and if you have a chance to go you should definitely visit her gallery!

I like to have some flowers in our living area so I hung these two in my reading/coffee drinking nook. Each is 36x18" on gallery wrapped canvas (painted black on the sides).


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