Sunday, July 26, 2015

Land of Enchantment - Memories of NM, Natasa Vretenar


The exhibit at The Carrot is over. Thank you so much Carrot Gallery for showing my work! 
Today I also changed the exhibit at The Steeps Tea Lounge on Whyte Avenue. This one features many paintings inspired by beautiful New Mexico.

I have a deep connection with NM - spent many years living there and had wonderful time and experiences there. It is a special place for me.

A few years ago Dee Sanchez from NM started a painting group - Let's paint New Mexico and I joined. We painted many different scenes from photos provided by members of the group. It is very interesting to see how each painter interprets the same scene and shows their own unique style.  Many of the paintings from this group's challenges are included in this exhibit. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wild Things - Natasa Vretenar at The Carrot





The exhibit is up at The Carrot until the 26th of July. I am happy to have the opportunity to show at The Carrot. This coffee shop/Gallery is run by volunteers and is located in Alberta Avenue neighbourhood. Thanks for supporting the local artists!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Wild Things at the Carrot Gallery, Natasa Vretenar

My solo show "Wild Things" will be at the Carrot Gallery until July 26th, 2015. Coffee shop/Gallery will be open on Tuesday. Stop by and see my latest wildlife paintings.



Saturday, June 27, 2015

Golden Calf, Natasa Vretenar

I used a lot of different mediums for this one! I used Liquitex modeling medium for the buffalo, coarse Golden medium for the earth below his feet, and many layers of gels and acrylic paints. I am also enjoying using my new Molotov acrylic markers in gold and silver. 

This painting is 24x36"

All of my paintings for the next show are ready to go. I just need to print out labels and I am ready to setup tomorrow at the Carrot Gallery!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Wolf , Natasa Vretenar


One of my favourite paintings sold at the Steeps Tea Lounge. Many thanks to Winston for supporting local artists. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Art in Park(Allen) , Natasa Vretenar


Yesterday was a busy day for me and my wonderful husband who helped me setup and take down my booth at the Art in Park event. There were many artists there (more than 100), and I got to walk around and check everyone's art and meet a few artists that I have been following on the FB but did not have a chance to meet in person yet :). It is really nice to get to know someone in real life after finding them online and admiring their art, and then see their art in real life. Art always looks better in real life!

So, I woke up early, had some usual Turkish coffee and started loading stuff in the van. I am happy to say that everything fit in the vehicle. 15 grid walls, 6 ft foldable table, tent canopy, table cloths, about 80 paintings (mostly smaller format, but a few big ones too). It took 2 of us about 1 hr to set up everything and tie all the grids together. Then I arranged the paintings - I brought mostly floral paintings, and some birds.

Here is my setup:



The weather was perfect for most of the day, except towards the end of the show - there was some rain and wind and we packed up a bit earlier than planned.  I came well prepared, with a hat and sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as a jacket - Alberta weather can change quickly.

My tent was right in front of the hill on which the stage was set, so I got to enjoy the music from the front row seat :). The festival was on a closed off street - only pedestrians allowed and well organized. Many thanks to Pardee who organized the show - it is a lot of work to organize an event like this. Artists in Edmonton do need more opportunities to show their work in public, and it is great to have an opportunity to participate in a free event. A lot of people stopped by the tent, asked questions about my art, got my cards and brochures. I did not sell anything, but I got some good feedback, met interesting people and fellow artists. It was a really fun day and well worth the effort.

Every show I participate in, helps me hone in my art, rethink the path I am taking on my art journey.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Territories at Harcourt House, Natasa Vretenar



Stopped by the opening for the New Territories group show for members at the Harcourt House in Edmonton. Lots of interesting and beautiful art! The exhibit is on throughout the month of June and July so stop by if you get a chance. My "Our Lady" triptych looks lovely on the wall too :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Buffalo 24x36", Natasa Vretenar




24x36"

I am back in Edmonton, and painted today after settling in yesterday. It is fun to travel but it definitely disrupts the painting routine. I am not complaining though - got a ton of lovely reference photos and a few sketches while traveling.

I am back to my animal series. This painting is a big painting 2 ft by 3 ft. I painted it with a lot of texture and tried a few more Holbein colours. I just love their beautiful selection of different hues - can't get them in other brands and they are bright and unusual.

oh, and here is a closeup of the texture

Thursday, June 11, 2015

In the Garden, Natasa Vretenar

This is a little 8x10" painting i managed to squeeze in while traveling :). I have a few more going. I am working with a limited palette. This time I did not bring any of my supplies with me and had to replenish since I was having withdrawals from not painting! I finally got some time to go to the art store and buy a few basic paints and canvas sheets to paint a few studies.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Aspens at Night, Natasa Vretenar

Here is one of my large paintings 12x48" at one of my collector's home!
here is a close up of the painting texture

 And the entire painting:

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