Monday, May 24, 2010

Large Aspen/Birch Painting in Progress

This painting is the largest format i have ever attempted to paint. It is 4'X6' big.  I like painting the large format canvas - but this also requires a lot more effort, paint and time to complete. FIrst, I used black gesso to prepare the canvas and give it the first layer of texture. Then I sculpted the trees using Liquitex flexible modeling paste. Then I used a mixture of white and black paint to get the aspen tree trunk lines going. I will try and put another layer of paint on the trunks and then the real fun begins! Then I start sculpting the knots and make smaller branches and I leave the leaves for the end. I have not decided which season these will be in - right now they scream winter but I am in the mood for warmer weather.... We'll see.

From Natasa's Art

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"21 Rose" gold purple textured acrylic painting

I like painting on a square format canvas, but I am trying a few other sizes for a change. THis painting below is my "standard" daily painting size 12"X12" on gallery wrapped canvas.
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I did not use the flexible modeling paste in this painting - just the paint and then top layer is gold metallic paint. Bright and Cheerful!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"El Dorado II" Abstract painting by Natasa Vretenar

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I was having a bit of trouble taking a picture of these metallic paintings. I had to take the picture of it from the side angle- therefore the lines do not appear parallel and they really are. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

"El Dorado I" Abstract painting by Natasa Vretenar

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Lots of gold, bronze and copper in this series! I also used tourquise and purple. 12"X12". Texture in the bronze paint remind me of snake tracks in the desert.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"On Fire" palette knife contemporary abstract horse painting

This painting was painted primarily with a palette knife and on Ampersand pastelboard. It was an interesting experiment because acrylics and ampersand board react to each other in a different way than canvas and acrylics would. The board actually absorbs quite a bit of paint but it is a pleasure to work with it even in acrylics!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

WIndsor and Newton entry

natasa's entry on the Winsor Newton Artists' Acrylic Competition. You can vote for them here!

Check out the WIndsor Newton Artists Acrylic Competition online and enter your own work! :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Sunny Day" Contemporary acrylic Texture Palette Knife Painting by Natasa Vretenar

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This painting is large 30"X30" - I used a ton of paint on the sunflowers - you feel like you can pick them from canvas. Again - lots of beautiful purples, metallics and yellows. This one can really brighten one's day :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Plum Brandy (Slivovitz - Shljivovica)

Painting is an ongoing challenge. Learning new techniques, using new tools and colors makes me happy. I love using texture and bright colors in my paintings. Living in the Southwest most of my adult life probably has something to do with that! The colors out here are intense and lighting is absolutely incredible especially before and after the storms. New Mexico is a beautiful state and I am planning to take several trip this summer to explore its fabulous nature. One thing that makes painting NM landscapes so attractive to me is that they are abstract on their own. The shapes and colors and textures look like they are from another planet in a lot of places.
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Here it is - result of my first experimentation with Blick palette painting knives! It is a lot of fun to paint with palette knives. On this painting I used black gesso - I like how the dark color protrudes through layers of paint. I was looking around the house for an interesting object to paint and found my chutura from Sarajevo. I brought some slivovitz in it long time ago and saved it as a nice souvenir from Bosnia. Slivovitz is of course long gone :).

Again, I used lots of purple and had to stop myself from overdoing the silver roses.

16"X20" on gallery wrapped canvas.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Palette knife paintings

I am really excited that I have joined blog. Seeing other artists' work has made me think about my techniques/ I really do not have a technique - i tend to use palette knives and add details with brushes. In my new paintings I am trying to avoid using brushes for final touches and want to paint exclusively with palette knives. To help myself - I purchased Dick Blick  knife set for fine detail work and am testing them tonight!

In the past I have used plastic knives, fingers and even butter knives to paint with. One really does not need to use expensive tools to create a beautiful painting. But I must admit I am already loving these knives....

Sunday, May 2, 2010


I am working on a large painting of aspens - i did not have much time to paint but am slowly adding on a layer after layer on the big canvas. In the mean time here is another aspen painting I did in the past.

From Natasa's Art

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"