Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Glenrose Rehab Hospital show in 2017

Great news! I will have a show at the GRH in July-August 2017 at the Mezzanine Gallery. I am really excited to show my new work there.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

KoiD-5 Koi painting by Natasa Vretenar

23" diameter 1" thick
This series is inspired by an ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away.

The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

KoiD-3, koi painting by Natasa Vretenar

The fish are swimming in the river upstream, some may turn around, some may swim in circles.

Friday, November 4, 2016

KoiD-2, Koi paintings by Natasa Vretenar

23" round substrate, 1" thick, ready to hang. All of the substrates for this series have been custom made from MDF that is 1" thick.

I started this series after hearing a legend about koi fish swimming upstream in Yellow river in China. I really enjoy going to places that have koi ponds. One of my favourite places in Albuquerque was Japanese garden with a huge pond in the botanical garden. I used to spend hours there, studying, contemplating, even writing my dissertation. Watching the fish has a relaxing effect on me.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Koi series paintings by Natasa Vretenar

My new series - this is the first painting in the series that is finished. Each painting is on a circular substrate that is 23" round and 1" thick. The substrates were custom made for this project. These paintings have a lot of different texture - the texture was used to symbolize different things that I will reveal as I post more paintings. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Galleries in Edmonton

Here is one of the earliest large paintings I have done. I am so happy that I am able to pursue painting full time since we moved to Canada. It was a good decision. I am learning every day, painting and drawing and building on my ideas. 

I have been in Edmonton for four years. There are many galleries in town and I visited all of them on many occasions (at least all those that pop up in google search). I love to visit new galleries - to check out art and do research on gallery itself (to see if it would be a good fit for me and my art).

I noticed that there are a lot of out of town artists represented in Edmonton galleries, and a few local artists. There are not that many young(er), or emerging artists represented. I was surprised that local talent is not promoted more.

I also noticed the lack of customer service. There are only a couple of galleries where we visited and were greeted and felt welcome. Not a single gallery attendant ever engaged in a conversation about the artwork on the walls or to speak about the artists represented. That must have been the biggest surprise of all. There were a few occasions where the artist at the show opening was left to do all the mingling and talking and socializing and promoting their work, while the owner usually did not do much than look at their smart phone.

It's definitely educational to visit the gallery before sending personal art info to them.

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"