Sunday, December 27, 2020

Summary of 2020

 This year it snowed for Christmas and we have a nice thick blanket of snow for the holidays. Most of this year we spent in isolation due to Covid-19. I feel so fortunate to live close to some of the most magnificent natural beauty in the world. I love being in nature and life, in general, did not change that much for our family due to isolation. 

Everyone actually became more productive during the quarantine in our household, but I was not as productive with my painting as I initially planned for this year. 

I painted horses mainly this year - it is a theme I keep coming back to. I love painting horses. There are not many opportunities to show my art in Calgary this year - it is hard to find places to show in a new city anyway - but with Covid it has become impossible.  Hopefully, next year will return to normal and opportunities will come up in the future to show art locally. 




I am grateful to Okotoks Art Gallery for having a members' art show going on for 9 months - we were able to change our art 3 times - what a wonderful gallery and lovely people who care about local artists. If you get a chance to visit - please do - so many local artists have their work at the gallery.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and having a few days off to recharge, enjoy time with their family. I am optimistic about 2021 and looking forward to seeing our friends again in the New Year!
Cheers and a Happy New Year to all!


Monday, September 14, 2020

Eq 14, Horse painting by Natasa Vretenar


 This is another small painting 8x16".  A few years ago I saw Cavalia show and it was a beautiful show. I am doing this little series of paintings of female acrobats on horseback because they remind me of the amazing skills and flexibility the performers had in this show! They were truly in sync with the horses. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Eq10, 8x8" Horse painting by Natasa Vretenar

 


I have a bunch of older paintings that are becoming new substrates for my horse series. I like to paint over them because they already have a lot of texture and paint on them - these textures serve as an inspiration for a new painting. I have been painting with my holbein acrylics - I just love them. This is a real small painting for me - only 8x8". 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Over Seven Hills, 20x20", Eq 7, Horse painting by Natasa Vretenar


Many folk and fairy tales start with the phrase "Over seven hills...." When I was a kid, my dad liked to read bedtime stories to me. He would tell stories from the Greek, Mayan, Aztec, Slavic, Nordic and other mythologies, and many folk tales. Some stories he would even make up. He was a great storyteller. He often sang me to bed as well. I continued this tradition with all my kids. Many times I would put on an entire show to just read one of their Olivia books, or any other book they liked. At some point kids were not interested in bedtime stories, but I believe that time spent reading with them planted a life long love for storytelling and reading.

Fairy tales of the people of the former Yugoslavia are many. Usually, there are talking animals in them. The kid in me still imagines them talking to me, with their magical powers and shape shifting ways. 

 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Perfect Hair Day 20x20", Eq6 Horse painting by Natasa Vretenar


 I have been working on a few major projects during the quarantine and missed painting so much. I had to start up working on art again, even though the other work is not done yet. I feel good and am just letting whatever ideas come to mind spill directly onto a canvas. It helps to stay motivated to have a theme (guess which theme I choose!). There are also old paintings that need to be reworked or completely transformed into something else. 

I am using art supplies that i have at home and trying to push off going to the art supply store. It is actually surprising how many supplies I still have here, considering that I did not buy anything new for a whole year. I am literally burning through the remaining paint and will soon have to go to the art store. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Eq1 9x12" Horse painting by Natasa Vretenar

I am happy that my kids are back in school and I can start painting again. I provided a lot of guidance and tutoring over the summer to them as they took a few summer classes to occupy their time during the quarantine. The classes turned out to be quite challenging and rather hard, but it was useful and good for them to learn during the summer. I am proud of them for sticking with it and learning on their own mostly. I only wish that the school stays open for as long as possible and that everyone stays healthy. 

I am painting horses this month - the goal is to paint every day and see where the imagination takes me. 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Okotoks Art Gallery Members Show


I have several smaller paintings at the Okotoks Art Gallery for the member's show. There are many beautiful artworks on display - please stop by if you get a chance and support local artists. You and they will be happy if you do :).


 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Leap, Horse painting by Natasa Vretenar


This is my first finished painting this year! It is 24x36" big so fairly large. I would like to focus mainly on equine paintings this year and this is my first larger effort.

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"