Saturday, May 27, 2017

Social media break and real life

I really love Facebook and how it allowed me to get in contact with a lot of people who were once in my life (especially from ex-Yugoslavia), and I am grateful that it "introduced" me to so many wonderful artists whom I would have never even know about. However, it also became a time sink for me - spent way too much time scrolling through posts. It is time to quit cold turkey - no more posts on any social media. I will be writing here and post my new work on my blog and website regularly. 

The weather in Edmonton is great now (except for the mosquitoes) - we are spending as much time outdoors as possible. I am taking reference photos of the different spots in the ravine and getting ready for my next winter's project. I am planning to do a series of the ravine paintings.

I have been off social media for a few days only and it has been great. Being present in the moment without distractions is a wonderful thing for the mind. It is amazing how much more I accomplished - caught up on several big projects in the home, worked out more, sketched several new painting ideas etc. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cemetery Flowers, by Natasa Vretenar

Every painting is a step forward and toward my next series and development as an artist, even if it is a "bad painting" or a sketch. There are some ideas that are in my head that have been evolving slowly over time and I am starting to work on them. In the mean time I am also painting these small 11" diameter NM challenge paintings - just because I love NM and enjoy painting with this group - scenes that I am familiar with and I have seen with my own eyes while traveling through. This painting is of artificial flowers on a wire fence in the cemetery. It could be any cemetery or even a makeshift memorial on the side of the road.

The link for Let's Paint New Mexico website is 

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


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