Monday, January 1, 2018

Love, painting by Natasa Vretenar

The mother is everything - she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly

Khalil Gibran

I am starting this year with another 30 in 30 days project. This time I upped the challenge and decided to go with larger substrates (not too large as they are about 1x2 ft in size). I had the substrates custom cut and prepared with a few base layer of acrylic paint well in advance so I am able to paint the details as the month goes by. I painted some of these paintings in December because I knew we will be traveling in January, and it would not be possible to keep up with all the paintings (especially the larger format). 

This is the first time ever that I am including words (other than my name as a signature) on my painting! This was a big change for me and a true push past the ordinary. This piece is also the first step toward focusing on my theme for the entire year - "Ancestors". I will start with a series of paintings about Mother, and different hats she wears and roles she has. Maybe it is because of the holiday season, but I put a lot of bling into it too (gold and silver). One of my goals for the upcoming year is to tone down my colors and bling, but for now, it is staying. This painting is 3x18" on a cradled birch panel and I sculpted the roses for the sides of it with gel medium.There are also other 3D elements in the painting which i glazed over with silver paint. It makes it look transparent, but incredibly difficult to photograph.

"Love" 3x18" on a cradled birch panel.

Each group of 5 larger paintings will be introduced by a smaller painting 3x18" that will represent with a word or two the next group of paintings of five. I am having a hard time photographing these as they have a lot of gold paint and texture, so the angle that the light illuminates the painting changes the entire look of the painting. A picture above shows the idea of the painting.

As you can tell, the theme this month is centered around a woman, a mother, a nurturer, a protector, and a community maker. I am painting these 25 paintings as a small tribute to all the women out there who selflessly give to others, whether it is to their children, or other family members, women who contribute to their communities, and carry on their shoulders many burdens of every day life.

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