Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day 25, Canyon, 8x16"

Kanjon rijeke.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day 24, Peregrine Falcon, 30 in 30 days challenge

Soko sivi, peregrine falcon, is the most famous bird in many folk songs in Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mahala, Day 23, 30 in 30 days challenge

My first home was in old town Sarajevo, Baščaršija. Many streets in old town are steep and narrow, with influences of Ottoman architecture.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pomegranate, Day 21, 30 in 30 days challenge, Nar (Šipak)

I am back to painting a few small paintings. I really enjoy painting large supports, and when I paint a big one it is a bit hard to go back to a small daily painting. This pomegranate painting is 8x10".

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bijeli Jelen, Day 19, 30 in 30 days, 24x36"


Forests of BiH are full of animals, deer, lynx, bears, wolves etc.

We read a lot while growing up in Bosnia. We had so many interesting books by native speakers, many of them involving magical creatures, or worlds in which animals were equal to people and had powers to speak to humans.

One of those books is a book by Vladimir Nazor called White Deer.

Here is a detail from the antler - i used coarse medium to make the antler texture this time. Every painting is a new playground for me. I love to try new things, new mediums to create different textures.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 18, 30 in 30 days, Na Drini Cuprija, The Bridge on Drina River


There are many beautiful rivers, lakes in BiH. One of the rivers is Drina river - it has the most beautiful green teal colour.

The Bridge on the Drina (Serbian: На Дрини ћуприја, sometimes restyled as The Bridge Over the Drina, is a novel by Yugoslavianwriter Ivo Andrić. Andrić wrote the novel while living quietly inBelgrade during World War II, publishing it in 1945. Andrić was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his entire literary work (of which this novel is best known) in 1961.

The Bridge on the Drina revolves around the town of Višegrad and the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge over the Drina river. The story spans about four centuries during the Ottoman and subsequentlyAustro-Hungarian administrations of the region and describes the lives, destinies and relations of the local inhabitants, with a particular focus on Muslims and Orthodox Christians living in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1]

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Day 17, 30 in 30 days, Bosanski cilim

My grandma was a weaver and she made many woven products - bags, rugs etc. The items we had that she made had mostly green, red, black, white and brown wool. Wool was from their sheep, so everything was homemade. She even hand dyed her wool in these bright colours. Details on these rugs can be quite intricate, and I always loved how designs are not perfect or exactly the same size everywhere on the rug.

This little painting is a small example of details that may be on a bosnian rug.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Day 16, 30 in 30 days, Dunja, Quince

The smell of quinces coming from the top of a wardrobe is one of those childhood memories that are deeply engrained.


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