Thursday, February 26, 2015

Facebook and art pages by Natasa Vretenar

When  I first made my FB art page - it was a lot of fun to build it up and get fans. I was able to reach out to a lot of people and used it quite often. Then FB decided to block all the posts and my page became completely useless. The post would reach 2 people, if that. FB wants $ to promote the page with limited reach (say 40 people reached for $20 per day). I just do not see the value in it, so I finally deleted my art FB page. It was a nice idea, and it worked well until they blocked the pages unless you pay.

I decided to focus on my blog again and write more and hopefully every day. This blog is good for me, as it helps me document my progress, and it makes it easy to look back and see what I have done each month.


I am working on a few paintings, although life keeps getting in a way of painting. Looking into expanding my spirit animals series and a few more paintings of NM. I will be going back soon!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Elk Island, 3x6 ft by Natasa Vretenar

This painting is large 3x6 ft painting. It takes me a while to finish large paintings like this, and I usually work on a few smaller ones concurrently.

I am not sure if i am done with it - may work more on it later but for now i will leave as is.

Elk Island is a beautiful national park and it is very close to us - less than an hour drive from Edmonton. I like aspens and they were one of the first things I painted while I lived in NM and CO. Aspen groves here are a bit different than those in New Mexico and Colorado. Aspens are skinnier and branches are thick and undergrowth is very thick.  Branches also stay on the trees, and are not taken down by animals or weather, so no "eyes" on the trees like in Colorado. Fascinating really, but a nightmare for a painter haha!

This painting has a bit of a different colour palette - I initially wanted it to be a winter painting and muted all my colours but as I progressed I added more colour to it and  I like it  a lot more!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hollyhocks, 12x24" by Natasa Vretenar


My other favorite flower from NM! Hollyhocks!
They also can plant their seeds in some most unlikely places and thrive :). THey also come in a variety of colors and can grow to be very tall.

Check out other painters' interpretation of a reference photo at

Friday, February 13, 2015

Red Sunflowers by Natasa Vretenar


I love painting many things, and places. One of my favorite places on Earth is New Mexico. I try and visit NM whenever I can. I will hopefully go there this summer again. In the mean time here is a painting with two different kinds of sunflowers that grow wild in NM. They pop up everywhere - some are completely yellow and some are with orange/red coloring like the three on the top! Real pretty and colorful.

There is a group of artists that paints from a NM reference photo. It is really fun to see how different artists interpret one reference photo. Some of the reference photos are quite a challenge too.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mysterious Forest by Natasa Vretenar

4x6 ft

I am so happy that this painting is now in a public collection in Alberta! It is a large painting - 48x72" and has a lot of texture!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Supports at home by Natasa Vretenar

I used up all the smaller painting supports I had at home for this last 30 in 30 days challenge. I am checking my inventory of available supports and I promised myself that I will not go buy any more supports until I paint every single panel or canvas I have here. I am not sure if i will make it as I am craving working on a very large canvas :). We will see... I am trying to apply this "optimizing life" philosophy we are living for many years to my art supplies as well, so I do not have too much stuff lying around our condo, which also doubles up as my studio for now.

Now is time to paint New Mexico again. It is one of my most favourite places in the world!

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"