Mendel Farewell, Paige Mortensen 12×36″ Watercolour $625
As I usually do, I ended my last visit to the Mendel Art Gallery with a stop in the Civic Conservatory to enjoy the flowers. This was just days before the Gallery closed to prepare for the opening of the Remai Modern in 2016. The Civic Conservatory will remain open as the rest of the building transitions into a Children’s Discovery Museum but for the moment I was looking for something to remind me of all the times I wandered the Mendel galleries. These were the flowers that drew me in. I took some pictures, came home and made my own watercolour batik memories.
A couple of weeks later the Mendel Art Appreciation Group had its last gathering, a tour of Doug Bentham’s studio south of Sasaktoon. It was a beautiful day and as with most studio tours I really enjoyed hearing Doug’s stories as he talked to us about his sculptures.
Yesterday was the first official day of summer but the robins have been around for quite a while. This spring they have been a favourite subject for my watercolour batiks. Here are two of the little ones.
Spring Pause by Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik on Ginwashi paper 8×8″ mounted on canvas $125
Building a Nest by Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik on Ginwashi paper 8×8″ mounted on canvas $125
By the Canal
Watercolour Batik on Ginwashi paper
12 x 18″
As we wandered the narrow streets of Venice, away from the noisy, crowded tourist areas we found this tiny, peaceful spot. In a city of water, bridges and stone, this felt like a place to pause and enjoy the moment.
The architectural qualities of the old stone and brick are ideal for the watercolour batik process. Working on Ginwashi paper, I alternate layers of wax and watercolour working from the light to dark building the subject as I go. The textures of the finished piece are revealed in the final step when the wax is ironed off.
I am honoured my watercolour batik piece (“By the Canal“) was selected to tour with this amazing collection of Saskatchewan handcrafted works! This Friday (June 19th at 7 pm) is the Gala Reception and Fine Craft Awards ceremony for Dimensions 2015 at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, in Regina, SK.
Dimensions 2015 will be on tour as follows:
- May 23 – August 16, 2015 — MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
- September 10 – November 21, 2015 — Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT
- December 1, 2015 – January 23, 2016 — Affinity Gallery (SCC), Saskatoon, SK
- July – August, 2016 — Chapel Gallery, North Battleford, SK
- September – October, 2016 — Godfrey Dean Gallery, Yorkton, SK
We were away for all of 36 hours but I really feel like we had a vacation!
Saturday evening was the reception for my Guest Artist Show at Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery in Esterhazy. I really enjoyed the evening of music and conversation! Thanks to everyone who attended, and those who purchased pieces. I am delighted to know who has them!
Thanks to the Flav’R Country Blues band for the entertainment!
And, most importantly, thanks to Jocelyn & Sandra for this opportunity and the evening!
Our weekend continued with a fantastic performance of Mary Poppins at Regina’s Globe Theatre!
There was even time for quick stop for supper at our daughter and family’s acreage where we got to meet their new babies – kittens, chickens and lambs! So exciting for them!
Last weekend I delivered pieces to Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery in Esterhazy where I am their guest artist for June, July and August 2015. The gallery is wonderful and I really enjoyed meeting Jocelyn and Sandra!
Thanks to Jocelyn and Sandra the show is up and looks wonderful! They are also organizing a reception for this coming Saturday (June 6th at 7:30 pm) It should be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to meeting everyone who attends the event!