Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ireland travel

I have been in Ireland for two weeks now and it has been an amazing experience so far. Today is the first day I am allowing myself to soak it all in and think about the things and places we have seen so far. There is so much to do here. It is a beautiful country with friendly people, and many amazing sites to visit.

I managed to sneak in some work while traveling, and I hope to figure out a routine where I can work a bit every day.
We are also very lucky with the weather so far - lots of sunny days and very little rain! I hope it stays that way.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Learning to Eat by Natasa Vretenar

I remember seeing a young foal once long ago trying to figure out how to eat - his legs were pushed forward and head tucked in between them while he tried to eat the grass. It was a funny thing to observe, and I did not fully appreciate it until I had my own kiddos.

This painting reminds me that the kids learn to do things on their own but the learning process is sometimes hard and awkward.

Monday, February 25, 2019

On the Beach by Natasa Vretenar

My favorite thing to do is to spend time on the beach. I don't care if it is cold as long as I hear waves crashing on the shore and smell the ocean or sea. I was able to escape to the beach a couple of times so far - collected some shells, walked around and enjoyed every second tremendously!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

On a High Horse by Natasa Vretenar

I have hoped to see a lot of horses while visiting Ireland and so far my wish has come true! There are horse carriages all around Dublin pulled by the strong draft horses. We were also fortunate to see some wild ponies in the little village south of Dublin - they are sturdy and muscular looking, and a bit shorter than Irish cobs.

I am working on a series of sketches (work I do on the road tends to be small and I look at it as jotting down ideas that pop into my head). Usually these sketches turn into a series later down the line.

Saturday, February 9, 2019


I dream a lot, and in color. When I was younger I was a sleepwalker too. Maybe I still am but everyone in my family sleeps soundly and have not reported any incidents, except a few very engaged talking episodes. The moon cycle affects me tremendously.
The dreams were the most intense during my pregnancies. I wrote about them in my diaries, but I never have time to go back and look over my writings - life is so interesting, and challenging, and wonderful, and sometimes sad, and it is going by fast.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Lifetime of work

I have been an artist all my life. I am able to express in my art things I cannot express in words. It is truly a lifelong passion which grows every day. Every day is a work day, but right now I do not feel the urge to share everything I am working on with the world. This dedication and daily practice are behind every finished painting. Sometimes other people do not understand this, and many ask how long did it take to make a painting. The only answer to that is "a lifetime". Many also ask to get my art for free, but that is not possible and I have learned not to take it personally.

Snow keeps falling here and everything is covered in a thin blanket of fluffy white layer. It is peaceful and very quiet when I go out for my walk. In the next few days the temperatures will drop to our usual January ones (up to -40 with a windchill) and walks are out of question then, but I have the most beautiful view from my living room and even at those temperatures life is pleasant inside.

I was looking at my inventory and all the work I have done in the past 7 years. There was a lot of texture, color, experimentation, and mainly nature inspired work. One may even say - a lot of pretty little (and big) paintings. I think I painted beautiful things to make the transition to living in a harsh climate easier, and it definitely made our home more cheerful and energized. I find it a bit surprising that I never got into painting snow inspired paintings, but even in the coldest days I look for the color. There is a lot of color around us in the North. Here is a typical winter sunrise here in Edmonton. When I am able to catch this view early in the morning, the whole day carries the intensity of these clouds.

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"