Monthly Archives: October 2015

Sharing My Work

I am so excited to tell you about opportunities November 2015 is bringing for me to share my watercolour batiks with you!  I am looking forward to these events because they provide time to meet up with old friends and make some new ones!

Stories Inside XI ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 18x24" $700

Stories Inside XI ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 18×24″ $700

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 9, 2015 to January 9, 2016

The Circle Mall – Royal Gallery
3510 – 8th Street East
Saskatoon, Sask. S7H 0W6

This gallery is located just outside Rainbow Cinema and will be waiting for you to stop by and have a look while you are at the mall.  Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing anything and I will arrange to pick it up.

This show will feature my Stories Inside series.  This series was inspired by our trip to Europe in the fall of 2014.  It was the doors and windows of ordinary homes that fascinated me the most.  I continue to wonder what stories they have to tell.  Who built them?  Who lived there? Who lives there now?  What were and are their lives like?

There will also be a few of my flower pictures like Tall & Sunny.

Tall & Sunny 1 ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12x30" $650

Tall & Sunny 1 ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12×30″ $650


Mendel Farewell ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12x36" $625

Mendel Farewell ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12×36″ $625

November 13 – 14, 2015

Imagine That II at the Unitarian Centre
213 – 2nd Street East
Sasaktoon, SK 

Friday        5 – 9 pm
Saturday   12 noon – 4:30 pm

Celebrating the creativity of artists from the Unitarian Congregation.
There will be wonderful harp music Friday evening!

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First artists’ workshop group piece ©Paige Mortensen

 

November 20 – 22, 2015

artists’ workshop – pre-Christmas Sale
Prairie Star Gallery
1136 – 8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK

Friday           7:00 – 9:30 pm
Saturday      10 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday         12 noon – 4:00 pm

Since September I have had the honour of spending my Monday’s painting with this wonderful group of artists.  There are 11 artists in this group and we have all been working on smaller pieces so it will be a show with lots of variety.10-artistsworkshopNov2015show


I am looking forward to sharing my work and hope to see you soon!

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Getting Things Done

Thanksgiving was on Monday but even with the short week I feel like I am getting things done.  Yes, I have finished some new pieces and yet I have still been able to work on the business side of being an artist.  I am thankful that I have the opportunity to do both!

Last week I talked about venturing off into the unknown and just letting a piece of art evolve as it will.  This was done in that way – no planning or drawing just letting it come together.

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Blooming ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 10×14″

We are having some incredible fall weather and as you can see the beavers are sure busy along the Saskatchewan river. I wonder if they are coming back for those last beautiful branches.  What a wonderful day it was for a walk!
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There was also another fun morning painting with the group of women at the assisted living facility.  They sure enjoyed the bright colours of parrots!
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And some time writing, organizing and getting ready to send a gallery exhibition proposal!
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My sunflowers are still blooming – in the garden and the house!

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Sunflower ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 10×14″

There are also lots of wonderful coloured leaves that need raking.  It seems like record numbers of ladybugs too.

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Falling Leaves ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik

Isn’t it nice when you have a week where you are “getting things done”?  I hope you have one too!

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Knowing and Creating

The link between knowing and creating has been a topic that seems to keep recurring in my work and life lately. What do those words mean and how do they relate to each other and the way I experience my art?

Beauty Behind ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 10x14" $225

Beauty Behind ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 10×14″

I know that I chose this subject because it was friendly and familiar.  I was working in a new environment with the Artists’ Workshop painting group and wanted to be working on something comfortable.  Keeping as many variables in the ‘knowing’ category allowed me to put my emotions into the piece creatively.

In the August 2015 Leading Edge newsletter Louise Hall included some painting tips from a workshop with Gerald Brommer.  They included: ” …the four skills or levels in the process of learning to create art – technique, drawing, design and feeling. …  With practise of technique, drawing and design we can do all of this automatically, and then we are free to put our feelings and spirit into our art.”

Then, I came across Laureen Marchand’s Blog post from September 9th.  It was an interview with Lori-Ann Claerhout about Whims and Ideas.  Laureen thinks of whims as being “like good ideas that float by.” She talked about how painting is a series of unconscious whims because, in her words, “I never know where I’m going for sure.”  She goes on to say: “I think that’s how creativity works …[pause]… because you get to the point where you do know, and then you have to change it.  Because, if you just kept doing what you know it would stop being creativity.  It would just become a repeated action.”  Lori-Ann’s interpretation of Laureen’s process was:
“It sounds a lot like you have a knowing…it is your knowing that tells you how to make it work.” 

About the same time my sister asked me if I could create a piece that had been in her mind for a long time.  She did send a line drawing of a tree truck, branch and circles indicating ‘fluffy birds”, mentioned charcoal and said “which somehow remind me of a card Grandma would have sent”.  To most people that wouldn’t have meant anything but we always knew which birthday card came from Grandma.  I pulled out the charcoal and did a quick sketch to see if I was getting her thoughts.

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Now to create the watercolour batik version. I didn’t want to loose the rough tree bark created with charcoal so my next ‘whim’ was to try it in on the Ginwashi paper.  I generally work from light to dark but for this piece I started boldly with the charcoal drawing.  I then used the wax to seal the strong, dark areas in but left some of the looser charcoal to blend with the layers of watercolour.

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This was a whole new way of working for me.  Having those really dark areas from the beginning gave a totally different frame of reference for the rest of the process. Every step was one of ‘not knowing’ and yet being excited about creating the “card from Grandma” feel.  I really noticed how knowing and creating were linked throughout this process.

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Togetherness ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 12 x 36″

My sister hasn’t seen it in person yet but her response to the image was: “OH MY  — I don’t know what to say.  I want to see it in person — but I think it is pretty darn amazing!!!!! ”  

How are you letting your knowing guide your creativity in art or in life?

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Fall Routine

It is October 2nd already and I think I am finally into my 2015 fall routine! The end of September is birthday time – with 3 family birthdays on the same day! This year was special as we had about 50 people gather to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. On the same weekend we had a smaller party for our grandson who is now a toothless 6 year old. Fall is such a wonderful time of year to celebrate with all the wonderfully coloured leaves decorating our world. As our 2 1/2 year old grand-daughter says “It is leafing!”
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There are a couple of new things on my calendar this year.

The Artists Workshop painting group invited me to join them on Mondays. This is turning out to be a wonderful place to connect with other artists, all working very differently but sharing the same passion for art. A new environment with new people brings a challenge to getting down to work and finding the rhythm of the painting.  Sunflowers are blooming beautifully in my yard and are a friendly and familiar subject for me to work on. This one is finished:

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Connecting ©Paige Mortensen 10×14″ Watercolour Batik

For an hour on Wednesdays I am painting with a group of seniors in an assisted living facility. This week we were on the leaf theme there too.  It is going to be fun to see what they do as the year progresses!

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Showing their personalities

I have had these wooden stamps from Charan Creations for a while and they came out this fall to celebrate the season.  Using them to apply the wax has been fun to experiment with!
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Enjoy your own connections to leaves this fall! Are you going on a leaf crunching walk?

Thanks for being here,
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