Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Aspen at Night II"

Here is a second painting in a diptych and a detail of it - you can see the remnants of golden Fall leaves and reflections of the remaining foliage in the background. Soon - it will be winter.

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When I work on a heavily textured painting I like to use the flexible modeling paste (made by Liquitex) on canvas. This paste is formulated to be able to stretch and not crack if the canvas or paint undergo some environmental changes.

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Aspens at Night I" Aspen textured painting

One of the choices I made regarding my art is to use gallery wrapped canvas on 1.5" thickness stretchers or thicker. This way I eliminated the need to frame the paintings and I can have them ready to hang. Of course - there is an option to frame them as well if one so desires. Most of my paintings have black painted edges and are ready to hang on the wall.

 Here is a close up detail of the aspen painting. DId I mention I love texture? I have been working on these two paintings off and on for the last month and finally they are both done. I will post the second one tomorrow.

This painting is 12"X48" and is a part of a diptych I finished late last night (or should I say early this morning!).

Today started off really windy - it still is. I am getting ready to do some serious work.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Art studio tour

There was an art studio tour today in Loveland. More than 50 artists participated this year. It is still going on tomorrow. I visited several studios this morning and had a lot of fun meeting other artists in town and seeing how others arrange their creative spaces. Of course - every artist dreams of a fabulous studio with huge windows and northern light, but it really does not take much to set up an art studio.

This painting is sold.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Many artists live in Loveland, CO. Yet, there is no art supply store here. There is Jerry's in Ft. Collins - but they do not usually keep much in stock (especially canvases). I usually order my art supplies online. This requires advanced planning and making sure there is a supply of paint and canvases in my studio. Speaking of my studio...

"Curious" 16"X20" SOLD

I am so grateful for craigslist! I was able to equip my studio with some really nice art supplies through our local listings at very affordable prices. My furniture mover (read husband :)) will be there in the afternoon to re-arrange things on our enclosed patio/sunroom where I will set up a professional studio again. 

I am so excited!

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Nine Sunflowers" by Natasa Vretenar

Opet suncokreti - ove sam malo popravila od proslog puta kad sam ih stavila na blog. Ni jedna slika nije sigurna u kuci umjetnice - uvijek se moze popraviti ili prepraviti. 
Jesen je konacno tu i postaje malo hladnije. Prijatno je ici u setnju ili na planinarenje. Imam osjecaj da cu se opet baciti na slikanje breza jedno vrijeme - mijenjaju boje i izgledaju predivno.

12"X12" textured sunflowers painting.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Refreshed" abstract nude by Natasa Vretenar

As an artist I find human body to be beautiful, and oh so very hard to capture its beauty with paint. 

Since I was a kid I loved swimming. In the lakes, sea, ocean, pools - you name it! This painting was made as I was thinking about coming out of a lake and running through the tall grass to grab a towel to dry off water droplets. 12"X12" on gallery wrapped canvas. Made with palette knives.

U zadnje vrijeme slikam spahtlama i uzivam u tome. Svidja mi sto mogu da nanosim debele slojeve boje na platno bez poteskoca. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Along I-25 - IV" Abstracted New Mexico Landscape by Natasa Vretenar

12"X12" New Mexico Landscape

Ove cetiri slike Novog Meksika idu jedna uz drugu i bas lijepo izgledaju tako poredjane jedna do druge. Ovaj pejzaz je naslikan po mom sjecanju. Mnogo sam putovala na I-25 izmedju Kolorada i N. Meksika i boje su uvijek intenzivne, a teren surov i nepristupacan, a u isto vrijeme fascinirajuci.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Along I-25" Abstracted New Mexico Landscape by Natasa Vretenar

12"X12" New Mexico Landscape. I love  both New Mexico and Colorado. For an artist - these two states provide a never ending source of inspiration. This painting has a lot of texture and beautiful New Mexico desert colors. This painting is available and can be purchased on my website

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"