Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Lada, Mother series painting by Natasa Vretenar


Back in the saddle

We came back to Edmonton last night and are happy we missed another cold snap - the temperature today is cold, but "only" -10C. I am sorting through some household work (baking bread, doing laundry and putting away the Christmas decorations!), but after I am done with that I am so ready to sit down and paint more paintings for the 30 in 30 days project! It is quite difficult for me to paint while on the road, but I always bring my sketchbook with me and try and jot some ideas down and quick sketches.

Here is a collage of paintings I have painted so far for the January project - so much color and fun!


I am looking forward to dig deeper in Ardith goodwin's class as well. This class has been amazing and it pushes me to examine my process.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fertility, painting by Natasa Vretenar


3x18" on a cradled birch panel.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Self care - Growing Wings, Mother painting by Natasa Vretenar

I have been thinking about what bird would be a true representation at this moment in my life as a mother. It came to me in a dream - it had to be a flamingo.  I always found peace by visiting zoos and observing animals. Throughout the years, I must have spent hundreds of hours just watching flamingos. I find them fascinating and the words that come to mind to describe this fascination are: balance, teamwork, sociability, being faithful to their partners, and self care.
They can stand on one leg and maintain balance of their entire body for a long time. This balance is perhaps what every human being is looking for - both physically and metaphorically. It is certainly what I am striving for. Flamingos are always in large groups, and they mate for life. They are also beautiful with their pink feathers which they groom all the time.

In old mythologies, flamingos have been regarded as strong spirit animal with healing powers (Egypt and Rome).



Motherhood can morph into many different shapes as kids grow and life arrangements change.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Health, painting by Natasa Vretenar

The following 5 paintings will be about nurturing, health, beauty and fitness. Modern mother wears so many hats. There is a lot of pressure coming from all directions. At the same time, she is in charge of the health of the whole family, and more often than not, she forgets to take care of herself. It is so important to take care of one's self, especially if you are a caregiver.

"Health"
3x18" on a cradled birch panel.



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Partners, a painting by Natasa Vretenar

This painting concludes the first leg of the journey - Love.

"There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little, perhaps not a word" W.W.



11x23" acrylic media
I love color. I limited my color palette to 5 colors for this project (OK, I am not counting gold and silver as colors here). A group of five paintings has the same background color. The same group of colors will be represented in the entire series.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The gift, Mother series painting by Natasa Vretenar

The class I am taking from Ardith Goodwin online is guiding me on a quest to be authentic and create from deep within my soul. It is a work in progress and every day I am more and more honest with myself about my loves, likes and who I am. This class is a year long journey and has already had a tremendous impact on my creative process.

The "Mother" series is a personal and an emotional series to paint.

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