Friday, September 30, 2016

New substrates and work in progress!

I picked up my new substrates at today and got to work on them as soon as i got home.
First things first - black gesso layer. Waited for it to dry and then started layering texture, starting with crackle medium from kroma in BC which I chose specifically for this project. It is perfect how it crackles for the effect I would like to achieve here. I will go into more detail as I complete the paintings.

I am excited about this new project - I am experimenting with a few acrylic mediums and looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. Each substrate is about 2 ft in diameter and 1" thick. I have come to terms that I will not ever get into any gallery here since I keep experimenting changing the substrates and keep using different mediums haha!
 I am keeping the same materials for the whole series though, and the technique is a natural continuation of what I have been doing for the past few years.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Working on new series

I have been sketching for a new series for a while now and developing something new in my art. It is a scary, but exciting path to take. It takes guts to depart from safe subjects like florals or landscapes and work on a series that is inspired by personal experiences and historical research. It will be a while until I can show this new work and still have tons of work to do, but hopefully it will all be ready for a solo show in several months.

In the mean time, I made a decision to move out of my studio. The space was good and affordable, but I could not work in it because it was getting the dust from a sculpture studio next door and my allergies did not allow me to be there more than a few hours at the time. No fun! I am now looking for a space with natural light and hopefully bigger, but it is hard to find something suitable in Edmonton. Will keep looking, and while searching, I continue working at home. It has been great painting on the terrace during the summer, and I will be able to do that for a few more weeks, and then moving all the activities indoors.

It is a bit crowded at our place now that all my babies aka paintings are back, but it makes it cozy and is motivating to do more art!

I have two shows going on at Glenrose - One in the Inspire gallery and one in the Mezzanine Gallery until end of September.

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.
This is the painting that sold fastest ever! I posted the picture of it on FB and a lovely lady (who already owns one of my original paintings) bought it!
So thankful for all my collectors who keep encouraging me and supporting me to create art.

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.


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