Thursday, June 24, 2010

Back in Colorado

It is nice to be back in CO. It seems so lush and green after Albuquerque :). They are cutting the big chinese elm trees in front on our street - i have mixed feelings about it. THey are huge and give nice shade, but they do not look that good and healthy. I have not had any time to paint lately - too busy with my work. Here is one of my older aspen paintings.

From Natasa's Art

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Food

I am starting a series of paintings about food. In our busy lives we often overlook the importance of eating healthy. Even though my schedule has been crazy busy I try to cook from scratch as much as possible. We buy locally produced food and organic food as much as we can. We also try to avoid pre-made and processed foods. We also rarely go out to eat. Restaurant food tastes too salty and greasy to me now.

Living pesticide and herbicide free is our family's goal. It is not an easy goal to achieve - simply because you cannot control what your neighbors do with their yards and what chemicals sneak in from their lawns into your  own air and ground space, what your kids will eat at their friends' homes etc. I do try and keep chemicals away from our home. I use biodegradable detergents as well.

Trying to keep it simple....

From Natasa's Art

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Large paintings

I have been working on two large paintings and have been painting a bit every day, but not much. I hope to go back to my paintings schedule soon. It has been crazy busy in our home in the past month. Things seem to be settling down a bit and hopefully tranquility will return soon.
From Natasa's Art


"Unconditional Love" 12"X12"

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Moj studio

On nije veliki. Cak sta vise. On je skroman. Prostor u kojem ja slikam. To je prostor u kojem djeca moraju da se ponasaju pristojno. Prostor u kojem ja sam ja. Nije veliki. ALi je ogroman. Tu je moj prostor. Prostor za slikanje. Prostor za kreativno razmisljanje. Skromne povrsine ali nedostupnih razmjera.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Making Progress and New Art

This is  an oil pastel painting 16"X20" of my front yard in NM. Roses and red yuccas are in bloom, and even chitalpa blossomed in the past few days. It looks beautiful. My daughter and I sat on our front porch last night and painted together. She loves it when I let her use the "professional grade" art materials and I let her use my oil pastels. The evening was absolutely gorgeous, after a hot hot day in ALbuquerque. 
After painting exclusively with acrylics for the past year or so it was fun to hold an oil pastel stick in my hands. However, I must admit that i miss the color and texture intensity that one cannot achieve with oil pastels. Colors seem to be more muted and I have to be careful not to overload the support with oil pastels (which was hard since I got so used to used tons of paint and acrylic mediums to create texture!

Oh, well. I still like the painting. I love the Southwest, its intense colors and bright flowers. It is actually quite amazing how many beautiful plants thrive in NM.None of the plants in our front yard require much water - as a matter of fact too much  water makes them unhealthy. We had a slow leak (which turned into a major one!) and it almost killed the tree. But now that it is fixed chitalpa is doing great. 


Albuquerque, NM 2010.

Sinoc sam sa svojom cerkicom sjedila ispred kuce i slikala. Ona uziva u tome da joj ja dam profesionalne umjetnicke pastele da i ona slika njima. Vecer je bila predivna i topla, a zalazak sunca je ucinio da sve boje cvijeca postaju jos intenzivnije i ljepse. Ovo mi je bio prvi put u godinu dana i vise da slikam uljnim pastelama i mogu reci da mi se mnogo vise dopada da slikam akrlinim bojama. Docarati kako svjetlost siri svoju magicnu moc na divljem zapadu je tesko uraditi  - i mislim d a uljne pastele nisu dovoljno dobar medium za to. Sutra se definitvno vracam akrilnim bojama! 

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