Friday, May 31, 2019

Sunflower painting by Natasa Vretenar

It is not as smokey here today but it is still moderate risk advisory. I am working on my new paintings today, listening to music and am grateful to be able to do what I love.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Apocalyptic skies

The air outside is filled with smoke from the big fire burning North of us. It is the first day the smoke reached us and it looks like the apocalypse is here. Thankfully, AC is working and filtering some of that smoke so we can breath inside.

I always try and stay positive, so sharing this blue poppy painting from many years ago! I enjoy painting flowers, but one can only paint so many canvases with flowers.

Monday, May 27, 2019

New body of work

There are some subjects I return to after diverging into unknown, and one that has been close to my heart from the beginning of my art career is Equus! Yes, the horse. I have been working on some new paintings, combining realism and abstract and just kind of exploring the duality of what is inside and what we see on the outside.
This painting is one of my early works done in pastel. I really like working in pastel but over the years I moved to working entirely in acrylics - i find it to be the most user friendly and easy to work with when raising little kids.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Varnishing time!

Working hard here, and varnishing 25 paintings to get them ready for the June show. Putting the hanging wire in the back as well. I made these paintings on 3/4 thick boards and they do not need framing. It is coming along nicely, and I cannot wait to show this series at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. I have been showing my art there for the past 5 years and am glad to be able to bring a smile or two with my art to people recovering there.

Friday, May 10, 2019


Being able to travel is an amazing privilege. These three months we spent in Ireland have been wonderful (truly full of wonder!). It is a beautiful country and Irish people we met are kind, friendly and welcoming. I am certain we will be back in Ireland in the future.

There are things to be done here that have kept me from working on my art this last week. It takes about a week to get over the jet lag too, but we are almost entirely caught up. I am making a lovely beef stew today and taking a big breath in before jumping into creating a new series of paintings.

This is Giant's Causeway  - one of the amazing places we visited in Ireland.

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"