Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

It's complicated with those two

Going strong... My husband and I have been together for 19 years and it is our wedding (17th) anniversary today. We met in Albuquerque, NM in March 2000, and have been pretty much inseparable since. We survived multiple moves (to different countries even!), long working hours, and a few tragic losses. We continue to love and support each other and our "quirky" projects and endeavors. Happy to be living this crazy life together!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Artem Mater Physicus

"Can a woman have it all?" This is a modern, professional, educated woman's dilemma. Can one woman be a mother, work full time, have a functioning marriage, raise decent human beings, make home beautiful and clean, cook, be a good friend - all at the same time? I think this is impossible if one does not have financial independence or a support system that helps her achieve some of these goals. However, achieving one or two of her goals at some time in life is doable.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

Cob 2, horse painting by Natasa Vretenar

I love painting Gypsy Vanner horses. It is wonderful to see them in the Irish green pastures.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Foal 2, horse painting by Natasa Vretenar

Here is another little foal painting. I am having too much fun here in Ireland to do any serious work, but I still try to sketch and paint something every day. It does not happen all the time, but this whole trip is an amazing experience and an artist's dream trip!  Hopefully, in the remaining few weeks we will be able to explore more rural Ireland and I am really looking forward to that!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Offspring, by Natasa Vretenar

Spring is in the air here in Ireland. The sheep and cows and horses are all having babies. It is a lot of fun to watch them in the green pastures.
My two babies are 10 and 14 today. It is hard to believe that they are that "old". I love spending time with my children - they are growing up to be quite interesting human beings.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Paint anywhere

I try and create art almost every day, but when traveling this is not always possible. However, I can set up a small work area almost anywhere - a few cardboard cereal boxes for surface protection, a few palette knives and brushes, some paint, yogurt container and water.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met. (Yeats)

"Ireland is a beautiful country" - said my youngest son the other day while we were coming back on a train from one of our daily adventures. I share the feeling with him - it is a beautiful country, and people are warm, friendly and welcoming. I love to socialize and it has been wonderful to be here. Irish chat with others on the street, at the bus stops, in the pubs, workplaces, art galleries.
There were times when we planned on visiting a place for only an hour or so, and we end up staying for hours and come back to re-visit because of interactions with people.

We have wonderful weather here too! It was sunny most days, and occasionally we had a rainy day or two. It is amazingly beautiful.

"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." Yeats

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dreams, work, being unaccepted etc

I received an email earlier today that my art was accepted into a show I applied for. I read it on the bus and I got so happy. I did not expect it and it was a wonderful chance to share my art with people in another city. This short email was encouraging me to continue my work.

Then, I received another email later on in the day. There was a mix up with artists' list and emails were accidentally sent to those who were not supposed to receive this email! At first, I felt a sting of disappointment and wondered how they could make such a cruel mistake.

I thought about it a bit and asked myself why it was so important to me to be in this show. I create art daily, from my heart, and as such, my art is not easy to place in shows, especially the more traditional ones. The joy I felt when I got "accepted" shows me I am in the right place and doing the right thing - creating art. Yes, this time the acceptance was short-lived, but I decided to hang on to the feeling of joy I felt initially and not worry about being "unaccepted".  The true meaning of my art lies in that feeling of joy, whether it is my joy regarding a chance to show my art to others, or the joy of others when they see my art.

One may say everyone makes mistakes, but I do believe that sending an email like that in error can be quite upsetting for some people. The apology email was short, impersonal, unprofessional and rude. It is always good to check the correspondence twice or even 3 times before sending emails out, then to cause heartache to someone by telling them they are "unaccepted"

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Foal 1, horse painting by Natasa Vretenar

When I started painting full time I painted horses. I think they are challenging and beautiful subject to paint. I continue to sketch them and paint them but I am feeling like doing a series of larger horse paintings when I go back to Canada. In the meantime I will try and squeeze a few more foal paintings!

Monday, April 1, 2019

TJ The Old Mill Protector, cat painting by Natasa Vretenar

TJ is a handsome guy who is guarding the old mill that was restored to modern standards and now serves as a airbnb property. He is one lucky lad to be able to live in such a beautiful place.


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