Tuesday, October 17, 2017


I have not offered reproductions of my work in any shape or form so far. I got this idea to make ornaments for Christmas this year from the images of my work I completed earlier in 2017. As with any prototyping - there was some trial and error, but here are a few images of the final products: grizzly bear and hummingbird ornaments.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

I know it is crazy early to even think about Christmas now, but I got a new project going and will be offering 3" and 4" diameter ornaments this year. I am in the process of making them now and will post some pictures of them soon.

It is getting busy here and I am working on finishing a few large paintings that have been hanging on my wall waiting for several months now! I forgot how much I love to work on large paintings, and I almost forgot how to use my palette knives. It's been too long. I may have to look for some venues to show my work again, as I am running low on storage space!
We are treated to an amazing sunrise view most days - Alberta provides so much color: sunrises, sunsets, yellow canola fields, blue skies, turquoise waters, green trees and grass.

Friday, October 6, 2017

New substrates are in, it's prepping time!

I am so excited to get my new substrates in for the next project. A local business cuts them for me (Captive Cutting) and Mark does a fantastic job (quick turnaround time and is willing to take on one of a kind projects).

 I am busy prepping the substrates for now - it will take me a week or so to get them all primed and painted with the first few layers of acrylic paint. I have a whole series planned out and some of the paintings already sketched. There is a lot of planning, sketching, doodling, changing my mind going on before I actually start another series of paintings. I also continually work on other series I started in the past (for example "Let's paint NM" challenge series). I wish there was more time in a day, but I try and do the best I can with what is available.

I have another surprise project going on - hopefully will have more info on that in the next week or so!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Work in Progress

Working on a large painting today - this is a project I have been working on and off since the beginning of this year. It is amazing how fast the time goes when working on something new - I have been on it since early this morning and going strong.

I love it when it is sunny outside - I have learned to enjoy every sunny day we get in Edmonton, and make sure I go outside when it is pleasant and warm (it actually went up to 16 deg C).

Keep making art!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall and Winter

Living in the North is not for everyone. We had an abrupt change of weather from Fall to Winter in one day. Wind is blowing and some snow fell down this morning. Canada's nature is amazingly beautiful and I think everyone should try and visit Alberta's National Parks at some point in life. The views are truly breathtaking, and I feel lucky to live in place of such natural beauty. My goal is to work on landscapes for a while, it has been a long time since I painted one.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mountains and Lakes, by Natasa Vretenar


This is one of the most beautiful places in Jasper National Park - Maligne Lake and the Spirit Island. One can take a boat to get there or kayak to it. It is an amazing, uplifting place. Each of these paintings is 2x6 feet, together 6x6 feet. We were lucky to be able to go there when the weather was sunny and warm.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Collage of 30 paintings in 30 days by Natasa Vretenar

Wow, I cannot believe I actually did another 30 in 30 challenge. I dared to go to a new, unexplored territory and attempted to do 30 figure paintings. I feel that this was a good experiment, to keep things fresh and challenging.

One of the goals for this month was to tone down the intense colors I love to work with, and see if I would survive, or if the world would collapse if I used a limited palette. Well, it turns out things are as they ever were, but I did manage to stick to only a few colors in this series even though I longingly stared at my neon Holbein tubes more than once (per day). I was strong mentally and did not succumb to this pressure from my own gray cells.

Another goal was to try and paint human figure. My friend and I went to Harcourt House figure drawing drop in sessions this month, and that helped me focus on portraying the human body as well. It is not easy to stay focused the entire month on one subject, especially if the subject is out of my comfort zone, so having support from other artists is important to me. As I kept painting human figure, I thought about different ideas that a painting can represent, and the end result is a mix of ideas representing idioms from different languages, proverbs, mythology, different emotions, or stages in one's life. I write down a lot of things in my sketchbook while creating these small paintings, and it is never clear which idea may or may not become a new series of my work.

I am happy I found a way to use the remaining 11" substrates I had left over from 150 in 150 days project. I still have a few of them left, and I would like to paint some flowers on them. I miss painting flowers and landscapes.

I create art, and art brings contentment.

Fertility Goddess Lada, painting by Natasa Vretenar

Friday, September 29, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

It's a stretch II, painting by Natasa Vretenar

It is a final stretch for this challenge. I am spending a lot of time outside because the weather is absolutely amazing this week - trees are turning colors and temperatures are high in 20s!


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