Friday, January 24, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Leap, Horse painting by Natasa Vretenar


This is my first finished painting this year! It is 24x36" big so fairly large. I would like to focus mainly on equine paintings this year and this is my first larger effort.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Summary of 2019: "Nothing is constant but change" Heraclitus

"Nothing is constant but change" Heraclitus

Science is making progress every day, and I read about the wanderlust gene recently. I am pretty sure that I and my SO have this gene. This year we pushed our boundaries a bit and traveled to places known to us and new to us, and we also moved to a new city! Our offspring have no choice but to join us on our adventures (they do not mind). 

This year I said bye to New Mexico and we made our (most likely) final visit to my special place. So lucky to catch the "Visions of the Hispanic World" exhibit while in Albuquerque.

Spending three months in Ireland has been amazing. It is a beautiful country and Irish are welcoming and friendly. We were fortunate to explore a lot of the country. My favorite was to catch up on my literature reading and to get acquainted with Irish mythology. I made a point to visit a few pubs where great minds of the past used to hang out as well (hoping some of that energy would rub off on me lol, and to taste some local brews of course). And the art! There was art everywhere!


When we came back from Ireland, we packed up and moved to Calgary! After six months here I am loving the city and friends we have already made so far. 


This year I had my final exhibit at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton. I am so grateful for their support over the years - I had six solo exhibits in 3 of their galleries they offer to local artists to show their work. So happy to be able to share my work and bring color and happiness to those recovering from traumatic injuries and chronic conditions. Thanks GRH! Here is a photo of my solo exhibit "Mother" at the Blue Curve Gallery.


I also showed some of my work in "The New Wave" exhibit with CARFAC in Edmonton. Many thanks to Sharon and Carfac for their support of my art throughout the years as well!

Locally, I displayed my art at the Okotoks Art Gallery in their Spirit of Christmas art show in December. Stay tuned for more exciting art happenings in 2020! I am excited about the future :).

Hope your year was a productive one, and wishing you a very happy 2020!!!




Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Patreon page

https://www.patreon.com/nvretenar

This is a link to my patreon page. I set it up about 2 years ago and did nothing with it until today. I am thinking about how to reach out to a wider audience and planning what to do next year. I have some projects planned and am looking forward to starting them. Serious work starts after the holidays!


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Living in Calgary and Okotoks Art Gallery

I am so happy to live in Calgary now. We have been here for 4 months, met so many wonderful people, and had a lot of fun exploring the city even though we have been super busy. Everyone has adjusted well to their new schools and work. Moving is hard in many ways, but we are all excited to be here. What I like the most are friendly people and being able to escape to the mountains in less than an hour! We are fortunate to live near such natural beauty. I always feel humbled and in awe when I visit the mountains, no matter how many times I see the lakes and the peaks!

Last week I dropped off a few of my paintings and ornaments at the Okotoks Art Gallery. It is a lovely town, and the gallery had a great exhibit going on. Their Spirit of Christmas show will run from the next week for 6 weeks and there will be lots of goodies, ornaments and smaller paintings for sale. I will be at the gallery on the 15th during the tree lighting ceremony in Okotoks.




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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Inktober 2019 "Husky" by Natasa Vretenar

Inktober is a rare time when I post stuff from my sketchbook. I do not spend much time on these drawings/sketches. It is an exercise in trying to quickly get the likeness of the subject I am drawing and experiment with textures and colors.


Today's prompt is Husky. I took an old painting I did a long time ago and used Tombow marker brush pens to make this sketch. I like how the texture of the painting shows through the ink layers. It is really fun to try a new tool and new (to me) markers.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019

Inktober 2019 Day 4 Freeze by Natasa Vretenar



For this quick sketch I used Tombow dual brush pens and my favorite Molotow marker for the snow and the ground. I also used a bit of Golden white ink for the background, but i am afraid it may have gotten a bit old and it was too watery.

Thankfully, most of the now has melted by now and Calgary is nice and sunny and enjoyable!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Inktober 2019 Day 3 "Bait" by Natasa Vretenar


I am getting used to these brush markers (Tombow). They are quite colorful too and fun to use. I am pretty sure they will be going with me on my next travel out of town. The prompt for the third day is "Bait". 


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Inktober 2019 Day 2 "Mindless" by Natasa Vretenar

I am doing the drawing first thing in the morning. I am only concerned about getting the idea down on the paper and testing the new markers, not trying to make a finished painting. This inktober is a rare time when I let others peek into my sketchbook, usually I guard it closely :).


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