Sunday, September 26, 2010

Working on a new website

My new website is

It takes a lot of time to upload all the pictures and organize things on the site. But i am really liking it so far. I hope to finish a few paintings soon - i have been working on several at the same time but have not been able to wrap any of them up.

There is a smell of Fall in the air in Colorado - here is one of my Fall aspen paintings. THis painting is SOLD.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Seriously stressful...

Just when it seems that things are starting to come together something happens that shakes it all up. My toddler decided to stick his finger in a can with a lid still attached to it at one end and his finger got stuck. He ended up getting 4 stitches today.
This painting is called unconditional love...

From Natasa's Art

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Fragmented III" Abstract Acrylic Mixed Media by Natasa Vretenar

The last of the triptych. 12"X12" on gallery wrapped canvas 1.5" thick with edges painted black. Ready to hang. I like the subtle 3D effect the solid glass beads give.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Fragmented II" Abstract Acrylic Mixed Media by Natasa Vretenar

When I decided to devote my time seriously to art I went through a stage when I had to try as many mediums as possible. Therefore - I bought soft pastels, oil pastels, oils, acrylics, canvases, solid supports. I slowly figured out what works and what does not work for me. I love working with oils - but decided against them because of having small kids in the house and not having a separate studio. I finally settled on acrylics - they dried fast and the abundance of acrylic mediums, gels, pastes and paints made it easy for me. If you have not noticed yet - I do love texture :) I am learning new techniques every day, trying to add mixed materials to my paintings, testing different glues and supports for my art. It is so much fun!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Palette Knife Paintings

I really enjoy working with palette knives. They allow me to add texture to my painting faster and thicker than brushes. Technique also helps me paint in a more free and loose way. One of my seascape paintings is especially dear to me - lot of texture and bright colors - yet peaceful. "Mediterranean SUnset" is 30"X30" on 1.5" gallery wrapped canvas.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Fragmented I" Abstract Acrylic Mixed Media by Natasa Vretenar

Science and Art intertwine in my life. On my life journey I embraced them both - off and on and sometimes even found time to do both concurrently. My main interest is optics - science of light.

The question whether light are streams of particles (corpuscles) or waves is a very old one. This "either - or"formulation was classically natural and alien to the advanced "both - and" even the "neither - nor" solution of today. Early in the nineteenth century experiments were suggested and made to show that light is a wave motion.

Newton's theory of light had seemed suitable to explain the straight-line casting of sharp shadows of objects placed in a light beam. But wave theory was needed to explain interference where the light intensity can be enhanced in some places and diminished in other places behind a screen with a slit or several slits. The wave theory is also able to account for the fact that the edges of a shadow are not quite sharp.

This dual nature of light is fascinating, and to be able to mathematically and experimentally play with light is truly a joy to me. 

In art - I also love to play with light. In this case - it is with colors. Mixing colors to achieve the desired effect is not trivial. I also try adding new elements to my paintings that bring a new dimension to it. Today's painting is an abstract in which i used 6 mm diameter glass beads to refract the light and add 3D effect to the painting. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New website

I decided to setup a new website at  It is still work in progress but hopefully it will be up to date soon. Please come and visit.

Friday, September 3, 2010

"Silver Zebra" Abstract Acrylic Silver Black Zebra painting by Natasa Vretenar

This painting is 24"X30" large . Looks fabulous in a modern home. 

I have been traveling a lot and have tons of time at the airport - and I am thinking about putting together a little painting box that can go through the security. I could definitely utilize my time better while i wait for the plane to take off. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"