Friday, August 18, 2017

Preparing the substrates for the challenge

Today I prepared 30 substrates for the September challenge. I know what I am going to paint too! It is a bit out of my comfort zone but it should be fun. When I work on the smaller paintings I see it as a chance for experimentation - a chance to throw a new medium in and see what kind of new textures I can achieve! I am excited about the project!

Oh, I am also going to try and limit my palette for this series. Wish me luck on that one.

I am already missing the mountains - this is a picture of the Abraham Lake - it is such a beautiful area of Alberta. It reminds me a bit of southern Colorado part between the Pagosa Springs and I-25, but with more lakes.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

30 in 30 days challenge

I am up to my old tricks - just signed up for another Leslie Saeta 30 in 30 days challenge in September. I usually only do the January one, but feel up to it next month to get me energized for the winter! I am thinking about the topic!
Here is the first one I did.

Bosnia paintings

Canada paintings

Looking forward to another challenge!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Transformation show is over, but transformation is not!

I took down the Transformation show today at the Glenrose Rehab Hospital. I am happy that I was able to show my work there for the last three years and make, in a small way, life more bearable for the patients there. I am always happy to return my "babies" aka paintings home.

I wish I had more places to show my work, but it looks like there will be no shows in Edmonton for me for the 12 months or so. I applied to more than 30 calls last and this year and not one was accepted.

How important is it to show my work publicly?
I think it is very important to me at this stage in my career. Every painting, every series I do, is well planned as an idea and then executed over time using my ever evolving techniques. A lot of thinking and physical work goes into every painting I make. When it is done - I do want to share my creations with the world! After so many rejections, I do feel discouraged sometimes, but I get over it fast. In order to avoid further rejections and potentially falling into a despair over it, I decided that I will focus solely on creating art in the next year. Once the stress of writing applications and anxiously away the rejec... i mean response is gone, I feel this freedom to just create. My own transformation as an artist has already been quite surprising, and I am looking forward to what this next 12 months will bring out in me.

I will continue sharing my art publicly, just online when it is not possible to show locally. I am grateful for all my friends all over the world who are there for me and who join me on my artistic journey.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gridlock, by Natasa Vretenar


Territorial series

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Territorial series

 "OK. I lost. No need to rabbit in." 12x24"

I find it a bit hard to get back into my work schedule after traveling this summer. We had a great time and I am still under the influence of all the exciting things we did and saw on our trips. I am ready to get back to work and create for the territorial series I have been sketching and thinking about for a long time. Every series that I do starts as an idea in my head and sits there for a while - these ideas can morph over time and turn into something else.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Solitude is important for an artist. I was feeling the weight of social media, obligations in real life etc., and decided to take a step back and stay away from internet for a while. It is good for the soul and for creativity.
We have been traveling to places we have not been before. I am thrilled to explore, but it is great to be back home. I have been delaying cleaning out my closet and organizing pictures, albums and scrapbooks for years, and I started doing it yesterday night. A friend of mine got me into making scrapbooks when my first child was born and I was able to finally complete a few of these scrapbooks, only 13 years later lol. It was great to go down the memory lane, and somewhat terrifying to reflect on how fast all those years went by.

The weather here in Edmonton is rainy, so I am thinking about catching up with my Let's paint NM challenges.

Here is a painting of Jemez river I already completed for one of the challenges.

Another one 11" diameter

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Transformation show is up at GRH until the 16th!

Stop by the Glenrose Mezzanine Gallery and see my paintings if you have a chance! They will be on display until the 16th of this month. I am honoured that my art has been chosen to be displayed in this space, and I hope that it can inspire people to keep working hard on their recovery.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Canada 150 paintings

My 150 paintings project is for now safely tucked away in boxes at home. I am taking the ideas and techniques I experimented while doing my Canada 150 project to larger substrates to see what happens next. I find that different size substrates and different mediums inspire me to do different paintings. Right now I have several series in mind (continuing some old ideas and building on them, and also a new idea that has been brewing in my head for a long time). I feel that the rest of this year will be fun and interesting in terms of what may materialize.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Walking with lemurs

Calgary zoo has a new exhibit with lemurs. We love lemurs - went to visit the Duke lemur center last year and were so excited to find out that Calgary zoo has a walk with lemurs exhibit  where lemurs just hang out with visitors - it is really cool!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Small and big hunger

Places where we are born, raised and where we live shape us. 

“The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert talk about the two "hungers". There is the Great Hunger and there is the Little Hunger. The Little Hunger wants food for the belly; but the Great Hunger, the greatest hunger of all, is the hunger for meaning...
There is ultimately only one thing that makes human beings deeply and profoundly bitter, and that is to have thrust upon them a life without meaning.
There is nothing wrong in searching for happiness. But of far more comfort to the soul is something greater than happiness or unhappiness, and that is meaning. Because meaning transfigures all. Once what you are doing has for you meaning, it is irrelevant whether you're happy or unhappy. You are content - you are not alone in your Spirit - you belong.”

Laurens van der Post

A friend shared this on FB today. This is exactly what I have been thinking a lot about, especially in the winter months here in Canada. Belonging, being content, meaningfulness, how our environment influences and shapes us, finding one's own tribe, transforming in the search process... 


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