Sunday, May 31, 2015

Spirit Animals at Steeps Tea Lounge, Natasa Vretenar

Spirit Animals show is up at Steeps Tea Lounge and will be up until July. Thank you Winston for supporting local artists and arranging to have art shows in you Tea Lounge :). I have about 20 small works on display. Stop by, enjoy some nice tea and beautiful art if you are in the neighbourhood!

Now that this show is up, I am going to prepare for 2 more shows coming up in July. One will be at the Carrot Gallery in Edmonton, and I am planning to bring large format paintings of animals. The show is called "Wild Things". I am excited to be able to show my animal paintings, both small and large! Here I am with Winston at the Tea Lounge!

As you can tell from the picture - the Steeps Tea Lounge is on 82nd Avenue in the College Plaza building.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mysterious Forest by Natasa Vretenar

My name plaque is up at The University of Alberta. I am so happy my painting is in their permanent collection. It is a big painting 4x6 ft.

This painting was a finalist in McKee Hospital (one of five strong pieces of art) in Loveland, CO. I am so happy that it found a great new home at The University of Alberta. It is hanging in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. I would like to thank my friend with a great taste in art, Lili, for the purchase!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Some old small paintings

Today I finished preparing for one show and started putting together two more! I have been quite productive last year so I have a lot of paintings in my inventory and can show several shows at one time. I am almost done getting the large animal paintings together for the show at Carrot Gallery in July.

I was going through my small, daily paintings today as well and deciding which ones to bring with me to a one day show in Parkallen on June 20th. A few of them needed to be varnished but I also reworked several of them today.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Finishing touches for the show

I have been working on the poster and other finishing touches today for the Steeps show - it will be at Steeps Tea Lounge in June and features small paintings of animals, including wolves, owls, bears, buffalo, fox etc.

I named it "Spirit Animals".

Here is a poem by WW:

I think I could turn and live with animals,
they're so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied,

not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another,

nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

("Song of Myself", Walt Whitman, 1819-1892)

Place where the exhibit is:

Here are a few paintings that will be available at the Steeps Tea Lounge:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Beautiful things

I am sitting on my balcony and there are two huge crabapple trees in bloom in front of me. They are so beautiful and I am enjoying them on this sunny day. It will not last a long time but they sure look amazing now.
I have been preparing for the upcoming shows. The first show at The Steeps will feature small size animal paintings. I am taking a few of my cock paintings to this one.

Here are a few I dug out of my storage. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Make It Edmonton Show in November


I have been accepted into Make It Edmonton show in November. More info on that later.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Summer events and art shows! Natasa Vretenar

This summer is going to be quite busy with solo and group shows coming up. First solo show is at The Steeps Tea Lounge on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton. I will have 2 shows there - one in June and one in July. The first show will feature my animals, and the second show will feature my landscape paintings. More info will be posted on the blog as I am planning on several activities while my shows are up!

Also in June, on the 20th is Art in Park (Allen) - it is a one day outdoor show with many artists (visual and musicians) setting up and selling their goods. I will be there! I have not done an outdoor show in Edmonton yet, so it will be an interesting experience. I will bring my smaller works with me to this show.

My other solo show in July is at The Carrot Community Art Coffee Shop - more details on that later :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe I, II, III together, Natasa Vretenar

Each painting is 18x4" with sides painted with textured roses. I used crackle medium to achieve the surface of the painting and acrylic glazes. Each painting has many layers of paint, and roses are also multilayered.

I had a lot of fun painting this mini series. Sometimes, paintings just happen with a spark of inspiration.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Abiquiu Inn, Natasa Vretenar


It snowed today in Edmonton! I am happy I was already working on this Spring painting of the Abiquiu Inn - it brings a lot of sunshine and colour into this white grey day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe III, Natasa Vretenar


Here is the third Lady of GUadalupe painting I did in this mini series. I experimented with Kroma Industries crackle medium. It dries differently than Golden crackle paste and it gives a different effect to the surface. I am quite happy with the way these paintings turned out. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe II, Natasa Vretenar


With crackle paste from Kroma Industries, you never know how the surface will look after the medium dries. This is the second Lady I painted and I really like the unexpected part of the process. I left the medium mostly the colour it dried (whitish) and only used one glaze layer over it.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe, by Natasa Vretenar


Here is my Challenge 10 Let's Paint New Mexico painting! I painted the roses on the side of the wood panel (1.5" deep).
To make the main image I used the Kroma crackle medium. You can never predict how it will turn out! I am quite pleased with the result. It makes it look like the painting is really old and the paint is cracking!

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"