Friday, February 24, 2017

#91 Fat Bike, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

The most important thing in Canada is to embrace the winter. After living in the American Southwest for most of my life, it was a big change to live in Edmonton. We have winter for 8 months or so. One really has to learn to enjoy winter activities, and one of them is riding a bike in the winter time. 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

CTV interview Natasa Vretenar, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1064618

Here is the link for the interview about my 150 Canada paintings project. I was quite nervous waiting for it to air :). It is quite an exciting thing to do - a TV interview!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

#90 Beard. Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

Here is a quintessential Canadian male. These guys rock their beards! And plaid shirts of course.

#89 Oil Pump, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

Today was a productive day in Natasaville. I did my first ever interview for the TV station. CTV Edmonton reporter Dez Melenka and a cameraman came over to record my work I am doing for Canada 150 project! I was initially terrified when Dez contacted me, and had to wait a bit to respond to her regarding the interview. I have never been on a TV news segment before! So, what do I do? I set up time to do it of course! 
Basically they came over and let me just talk about the project in my own words. I cannot wait to see it when it airs tomorrow at 6 pm. If you are reading this and have time at 6 pm, check out http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/on-your-street.  Prime time baby!
Seriously though, I was way out of my comfort zone, but I did it and feel great about it! Dez found me on Make Something Edmonton website https://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/ where my Canada 150 paintings is one of the featured projects on the front page! Here is a link to my project https://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/projects/1532-canada-150-paintings-by-natasa-vretenar-edmonton-a/


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Koi exhibit farewell

All good things come to an end, and my exhibit is now over. A lot of people were able to visit the pyramids and see my art and I am happy to say that I got a lot of positive feedback.


I am humbled that my art was at the Muttart for 5 weeks - it was a great way to start the new year. Today I took the exhibit down. Take down is always much easier to do than set up so it was an easy job today. I was able to prepare some new substrates for tomorrow and the day after and varnish a few more paintings.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#82 Canadian flag - fireworks, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

Today is National Flag Day in Canada. I decide this morning to make a painting of a flag! I also love Canadian fireworks (we already saw two this year!), so I combined the two!

I actually took a few days off from painting, but there were many other things I had to catch up on. I varnished all the completed paintings for Canada 150 project, then put d-rings and wire in the back of each and put them away in bags in order so they can be easily pulled out if need be.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

#81 Tipi, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


nomad (Greek: νομάς, nomas, plural νομάδες, nomades; meaning one roaming about for pasture, pastoral tribe) is a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another. 

My life has been a global nomadic journey, moving along since I was 17. Naguib Mahfouz said:

“Home is not where you are born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease”. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

#78 Gray Jay, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

I have not been painting with gold and silver metallic paints in a long while, so today I decided to add a touch of both to my painting of the Canadian national bird - Gray Jay!
I love metallic paints because they make the painting look different from different angles, and in different lighting conditions. It is hard to photograph paintings with metallic paint so I usually photograph them in at different times of day, or outside if weather permits.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

#76 Orca, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#75 Jellyfish, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

The biggest jellies I have ever seen in my life were in Vancouver - we were getting ready to leave the bay to go to Victoria and they were just swimming around - huge and slightly pink in colour.


#74 Sturgeon, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#73 Sea Lion, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


Sunday, February 5, 2017

#61 Turtle, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

We had a chance to visit an aquarium in NC that had a space designated for turtle rescue. Turtles get frostbite and would die if they are not rescued and nurtured back to health. It was in November so they were getting hundreds of turtles in to save. It is quite an effort that they put into it, and locals help with volunteering.
Since this is a series about Canadian species - here is a link that lists all the species living in Canada.  http://canadianbiodiversity.mcgill.ca/english/species/herps/testudines.htm



#60 Dragonfly, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

Here we are - 60 paintings and counting! I am 40% into the Canada 150 project. It really helps me to post each painting on Facebook and get feedback from my supporters. It keeps me painting. Even though I am enjoying painting these lovelies, I am sometimes tempted to quit the project, but so far I have been working on it every day since January 1. Today was a very productive day - I managed to finish four paintings and prepare a few more supports for tomorrow. I may even be able to do one or two more before going to bed. 


Here are thirty paintings (2nd set) completed recently:



#59 Five-lined Skink, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#58 Chipmunk, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#57 Beluga, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar




#56 Groundhog, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

I am afraid the groundhog says that we will have six more months of winter! I try to embrace the winter and am getting better at it every year. Canada's climate is harsh but there are many things one can do in winter here. We have a lot of sunny days in Alberta that makes it more fun. We are having a cold spell again this week - it looks like it will dip below -20 Celsius again.



#55 Squirrel, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#54 Pika, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#53 Dall Sheep, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#52 Weasel, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#51 Cottontail Rabbit, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


#50 Whitetailed Jackrabbit, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

#46 Cougar, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar

I love watching big cats, and painting them. I am fortunate that I have lived most of my life in the western North America where many animals live, including mountain lions. I have never seen one in the wild (not sure that I want to!), but have observed them and sketched them a lot at the zoos we visited over the years (Denver, Calgary and Albuquerque zoos have them). 



#45 Bobcat, Canada 150 paintings by Natasa Vretenar


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