Sunday, September 27, 2015

Waterfowl Lake I and II, by Natasa Vretenar

I love the Canadian Rockies. This lake is on the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper. This is one of the most fascinating roads that I have traveled on.

Each of these paintings is 30x30" big and has many layers of paint on it. I also used some pouring medium for the water.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Painting the edges

Recently I got some feedback on the way I handled edges of my paintings. I paint with a palette knife mainly and use brushes to soften the painting in the final few layers. In the early days of my painting career I opted to paint on gallery wrapped canvases, and I painted the edges black for a lot of paintings. Some of the paint from the front of the painting would get on the edges and on a few paintings I forgot to touch up the black paint. I honestly did not think much about it until the extra paint was referred to as "damage".

The comments got me thinking about how important it is to have a good presentation all around. Many times in the museums I visited - I saw large paintings that had unpainted edges, or really messy edges, and that apparently did not stop the museum from displaying or purchasing the work. That being said, over time I stopped painting the edges black and started painting around the edges. I like that look much better. My paintings are contemporary and can be hung without the frame (although I do believe every painting looks better with a frame!). And I have to admit - they look much better withe the edges painted as a continuation of the painting itself.

Today I pulled three landscape paintings from storage and repainted them! No painting is safe from rework while still in my possession. All three now have nicely painted edges (without "damage"). I am continuing work on the other two large paintings. I also ordered a ton of thick polyethylene bags to protect my larger paintings in transport to and from the shows. 

Here is a picture of work in progress from today. Yes, I am in the landscape mode! 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Working a lot for the shows coming up!

I have a solo show I am preparing for in October, as well as Make It Edmonton show in November.
This will be the first time I am going to be at the Make It Edmonton show and am curious how it will go. There are other fine artists there, but it is primarily a craft show. I am trying to figure out what to bring to the show and thinking that maybe my smaller works will be more appropriate for this event.

Every show takes a lot of planning and hard work that starts many months before the exhibit. I am working on two big paintings right now and that is going quite well.

I am also going to include this painting in my next show at GRH. This is 24x36".

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Summer break is over

This summer went by so quickly! We traveled a lot and I had very little time to paint, although I did sneak in sketching and taking a lot of reference photos. I have so many beautiful photos of British Columbia - looking forward to painting them in the winter time. I always paint pretty, summer scenes when we are in deep minus here in Alberta.

I am now working on a few large paintings for my next solo show at the Glenrose Rehab Hospital. My show "Alberta's Majesty" will be at the Mezzanine Gallery, which is their largest gallery space and it is in a busy part of the hospital. I hope that some of the energy from my paintings will rub off on patients and speed up their healing process. It is a good feeling to get back into a routine and create again every day. First few days were going a bit slow and I could not focus. On the other hand, I have a well organized space now.

I will include this Lake Louise diptych in GRH show.

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"