Sunday, September 17, 2017

It's a Stretch, painting by Natasa Vretenar



Chugging along with this challenge. I am pushing my limits with the figure sketches and drawings and paintings. This entire month is devoted to human figure and I am at times struggling to keep going, but I promised myself I will stick with it and go on.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A bird in a hand, painting by Natasa Vretenar

Another idiom in English that I think of periodically is "A bird in a hand is worth two in the bush". Similar idiom in Serbo-Croatian is "A sparrow in hand is worth more than a pigeon on the branch".
It warns against taking risks and suggests that you should keep what you have and not risk losing it by going after more. The other reading of the meaning is that it refers to medieval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey). It may well be that both of these meanings were intended by the coiners of this phrase, which may go some way to explaining why it has resonated over the centuries and is still in common use.

This painting only has hands in it so it is not quite a figure painting, but when I thought of a composition for this painting this image popped into my head and voila. Here it is.

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Babysitter, painting by Natasa Vretenar

Baby's best friend...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sisyphus, a painting by Natasa Vretenar

Tasks that are laborious and futile - the bane of a man's existence.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Menopause, painting by Natasa Vretenar

How to deal with the menopause? This is a taboo topic even in this day and age.
There are so many things that went through my head while thinking about this painting. The body changes, the invasive procedures to check for various cancers, hormonal ups and downs. Bones are losing density, are easily broken, breasts get lumpier, thyroid is sluggish, hair turning gray, body fat sticking around more.

There is a real epidemic of substance abuse in Northern America, especially among the middle aged women. Getting prescription drugs is too easy and socially acceptable. Are the pills really the answer?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bugs in the head, painting by Natasa Vretenar

The hardest thing about learning another language is learning the idioms. The phrases never translate directly from one language to another, although one can guess the meaning of the idiom. In a serbo-croatian language we say that a person "has bugs in their head" if they are behaving in a weird, irrational way.






Saturday, September 9, 2017

Lift me up!, painting by Natasa Vretenar

One of the things I loved doing when I was a kid was to step on my dad or mom's feet and they would walk around with me. As a parent, I love doing this with my kiddos too. They grow up so fast, it is important to spend time with kids, be in the present moment. When they say "Lift me up!" they do not realize that they are also lifting you up!



Friday, September 8, 2017

Amalgamation (of the previous versions of herself), painting by Natasa Vretenar

I started this painting with diamond pattern in the background - it symbolizes the diamond in a rough that a person sometimes is. He/she then transforms, hones their skills, different experiences shape them and guide them to be a better version of themselves... Every day, and every experience is an opportunity to grow.


 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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