By the time you read this it will be September and a good time for summer reflections.
I have so many things to be thankful for!
By The Sandbar ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 16×16″ SOLD
Time for art. Well, maybe not quite as much over the summer as the rest of the year but everything that follows is important too.
Black Spruce Gallery and Handmade House for showing my work.
Collectors who have purchased my work.
Upcoming opportunities – more news coming soon!
Exciting family news #1 – our son is engaged so we have a soon to be daughter-in-law!
Exciting family news #2 – our daughter and son-in-law are expecting their 3rd child! We sure enjoyed the time with these two this summer!
My niece and her husband had a baby girl!
A 65th Wedding Anniversary!
A 95th Birthday Party!
My cousin gave me a dresser that once belonged to our grandparents. I painted it white and am distressing it before putting it all back together.
Small Flower Collection Aug 2016 ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik
A collection of small (4×6″) canvases that were calling. These flowers are the tiniest pieces I have done and it was fun!
I hope your summer reflections bring a smile to your day!
Out of the Rain ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik
My Mom and sister live in the same neighbourhood as we do so the three of us often go for evening walks. I am grateful for these times to visit and check in with them. One day last week as we were walking along there was a sudden downpour. Fortunately there are lots of large trees so we took refuge under one thinking it would pass quickly. It wasn’t more than a minute later that a woman came running out with an umbrella for us! She invited us inside but we declined, still optimistic that this rain would stop as quickly as it started.
Well, we were wrong! The wind came up sending rivers of water down the street. We gave in and went to the door. She was so kind and welcoming! We are grateful for the umbrellas, the towels, the visit and the opportunity to meet her 2 month old baby! Her kindness made the adventure into a happy story!
P.S. Remember to stop by Handmade House and have to see my show there!
Handmade House Show – “Nearby”
A while ago Heike from the Handmade House asked if I would consider having a show of my work in their guest artist space. I was honoured to be asked! Today I get to see my work in their space! You can see my work there in August and September 2016.
Creating a Series
Paige Mortensen Handmade House Show hanging in my “Fireplace Gallery” 2016
Most of the work I do is relatively large however their space is small. So, my challenge has been to create a series of small pieces. Summer in Saskatchewan was my inspiration. These are places and flowers I see on a regular basis. Here they are hanging in what I call my fireplace gallery – a place I hang pieces that I have just finished.
Preparing the Pieces for Hanging
This particular series hung here for a long time. As I walked by I wondered how best to finish them for display. Some days I was going to put them behind glass. Other days I wanted to mount them on canvas. Then came the question of whether the image should go right to the edge or have a boarder. Finally, someone came to see my work and wanted to purchase one so the push was on to get it ready to go. Thanks to her motivation, I got busy and mounted them on canvas…and I’m quite happy with them.
Series for Handmade House 2016 – mounted on canvas
They have been on display at my house for a while and now I’m excited to see them hanging in the Handmade House!
Handmade House Pieces 2016 – ready to go!
Handmade House is at 710 Broadway Avenue and they are open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Broadway Avenue has experienced a summer of construction however I hear at least that portion of it is open again. If you haven’t been before I’m sure you will enjoy the work of many artists – pottery, fabric art, felting, jewellery, and more! While you are out and about this summer please stop in and have a look!