Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fresh Flowers by Natasa Vretenar


This is another painting for the Let's paint New Mexico challenge. We are planning a show in December! I am excited about it :)

In every painting I try and build interesting textures. The window ledge this vase is on has some crackle paste on it to give it an aged paint look. I like working with the crackle paste/medium because you never know how it will turn out. The thinner the layer of the medium is, the smaller the cracks are when the paste dries. I used Golden medium for this painting.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rusty, Natasa Vretenar


New Mexican landscape is full of rusty old trucks and cars. There are so many colours in the rusty surface, as well as textures in the peeling paint.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sleepyhead, by Natasa Vretenar

This guy just came out of hibernation. 36x24"

Today is a beautiful day in Edmonton, supposed to be 14 degrees high! Yeah Spring!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Midnight Bear by Natasa Vretenar

This one is 36x24"

I used my polymer clay creations for the stars - there are two different shapes. They were attached with acrylic gel (I am testing Kroma Acrylics gel) and I painted over them with acrylic paints. When dried the stars are solid and are not going anywhere! They add a nice 3D touch to the painting. I also used the clear acrylic gel for the fur.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Polymer clay Natasa Vretenar

I bought a pasta machine and a bunch of white polymer clay to play with. I also got a toaster oven just to bake the polymer clay in and I am so glad I did that!
It turns out it is a great project for kids as well and we made a ton of little shapes and baked them. They clay burned in the oven and it took some time to figure out the right temperature and the right time it needs to bake. For our oven we needed to reduce the time from recommended 15 minutes to about 7-10 depending on the thickness of the clay.

Now I have a bunch of little shapes I can use in my new paintings.

The first experiment is with my bear painting - i am using little polymer clay stars in the background. Awesome thing is that polymer clay is basically just plastic and can be added to acrylic painting, glued on with acrylic gel and can also be painted over with acrylic paint.

I am having a lot of fun doing my bear paintings - I will share some pictures soon!

In the mean time here is a picture of a beautiful sunrise in Edmonton.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mishka by Natasa Vretenar


Over the years I have visited many zoos and animal sanctuaries. I liked to observe wild animals since I was a little kid. The most fascinating to this day are wolves and bears.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Poppies by Natasa Vretenar

I am working on several large paintings of bears. I like to create a series of paintings on one subject. For a while I was painting poppies, and I still love painting them! Here is a triptych of poppies - each is 24x12" on wooden panel. 

Each painting can go by itself or in combination with the other two.

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"