Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Born a Leader by Natasa Vretenar

9x12" acrylic media on cardboard

Monday, January 7, 2019

Through Thick and Thin by Natasa Vretenar

9x12" acrylic media on cardboard

Finding the one, the right one...

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Irish Cob


I am so happy to have seen the Visions of the Hispanic World at the Albuquerque Museum. What an incredible exhibit! We saw Sorolla, Velasquez, Goya, El Greco etc. What a treat! We also saw Vespucci's hand drawn map - it is amazing to see this in person.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

She Never Wanted a Free Ride, She Wanted to Ride Free

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. (W.W. Song of the Open Road)

acrylic media

I am preparing special papers used for acrylic and oils to take with me on the trip to Ireland. I am getting really excited about this opportunity to explore the Emerald Isle and a land I never saw before!

I would like to continue my practice of painting daily while on the road. This has been a challenge for me since we always travel as a family. With kids it is a bit complicated but now that they are older and more self sufficient, I can also accomplish a few things while traveling. The most important thing is to prepare in advance, have some kind of plan. So, for this upcoming trip I am gessoing and painting a first layer of background on this acrylic paper (canvas texture). It will be easy to take with me, lightweight and durable too.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Into the Roaring Waves, acrylic media painting by Natasa Vretenar

Setting the sails for yet another journey together, into the rough seas! 12x16" acrylic media

This year I am starting with works made primarily by palette knives, and with some acrylic media. Using this technique gives my paintings different feel than the work I do with brushes and acrylic markers. I have always loved a lot of texture in my work.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Home She Left Behind

Millions of people have to leave their homes every year, and they go somewhere else, where it may be safer for their families to live. Somewhere where they can get education, or a job, or have a roof over their heads, and have food on their table.

The Home She Left Behind, acrylic media 9x12"

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

No Roots painting by Natasa Vretenar

9x12" acrylic media

No Roots

This year I do not have any resolutions, just going with the flow. I do have some goals, and I decided to only loosely use them as a guide. I spent the last year thinking more about my art than doing it. I did a lot of sketching and writing down ideas, but really have to devote time daily to my art practice and push paint around. I started the year strong, and I hope it keeps going.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Vile pletu konjima grive

Happy New Year! I hope this year brings peace and prosperity to all.

This is my first painting this year. When I was a kid, adults told us all kinds of stories, from Greek mythology to Easop's fairytales, to local superstition inspired stories. One of the stories was that fairies would come to villages at night and make braids with horses' manes. I imagine it would be terrifying in the mountains of Bosnia at night, when wolves are howling and strange noises can be heard. Animals and people could be easily spooked, and out of those primal fears many stories are born.

This is 12x16" acrylic media painting. I am experimenting with a few textures here - black lava, ceramic stucco and white opaque flakes. These are all Liquitex mediums and I like to try the professional mediums and I like to use products I find at Home Depot.

I deleted my Facebook account - I felt it was sucking my valuable time, and the time I spent on FB was not contributing to my happiness or artistic journey. I will be posting regularly on my blog though and on Instagram. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Summary of 2018

I started 2018 with another 30 in 30 days project, lead by Leslie Saeta. My theme this year was "Mother". I like to start the year with full force and create intensely and every day. The results are not always good paintings but it brings a lot of creativity out of me.
Here is the collage of all the paintings

This year I was fortunate to travel to many beautiful places. We explored a lot of places in Alberta we have not been to before - we are lucky to live in such a beautiful place with amazing nature. Travel is really nice, and a great learning and bonding experience for our family, but it does interfere with the daily painting practice. This year I mostly did a lot of research and sketching, and took several online courses to dig deeper into my art practice. It has been a crazy and fun, and also somewhat difficult journey. 

My favorite is to work on large canvases and I was able to make a few large paintings as well this year. I tend to work smaller these days because of the space limitations and it is a treat to work on larger pieces. 

I finally found a space to show about 50 of my Canada 150 paintings - at the Whitemud Library in Edmonton. In spite of my tremendous effort to find a place to show all 150 paintings, it never happened, even though I really wanted to share my enthusiasm for living in Canada and its many beautiful animals and landscapes. Oh well. Glad to at least show these 50. 

I wrapped the year with an exhibit at the Westmount Library in Edmonton where I am showing my poppy and landscape paintings until January 2019. 

Hope everyone's year was as fun and as productive as mine, and cheers to the New 2019 Year!  

Friday, November 16, 2018

My paintings are now at Westmount Library in Edmonton

I have some of my floral and tree large paintings on display at Woodcroft library in Westmount until January. It is really nice to show my work locally and EPL offers numerous spaces in different libraries throughout the city to show work through their community art gallery program. I chose to display my poppy paintings too since Remembrance Day is in November too!

I am also taking another online class with Ardith Goodwin and having lots of fun in it with distortion! I am not sure how to use that in my existing work but it will probably all be useful at some time in the future.


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