Author Archives: Paige Mortensen

About Paige Mortensen

I have always had an inner need to create and have explored colour and design in many forms. My art explorations began in earnest in 2011 when I enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan’s Certificate in Art and Design. My initial exposure to the ancient medium of encaustic art was through a family connection in New Zealand. The vibrant colours and luminous qualities of the waxes are fascinating and I needed to explore its capabilities for myself. What could be more fun than melting the waxes and then opening oneself to the surprises that unfold in the process of creating with these wonderful, rich colours? Quite possibly for me the answer is watercolour batik. This is a process of combining wax and watercolour, layer upon layer on Ginwashi paper, working from lights to darks. The final step is to iron off the wax and watching the end result appear. It is always an exciting moment for me!

Friday the 13th + 13 artists = the Artists’ Workshop Spring Show & Sale

This is my third year as part of the Artists’ Workshop group! I am honoured to be able to work with this group of amazing artists every Monday. It is time for our annual Spring Show & Sale and I hope you are able to come and see all the  pieces everyone has been working on over the last year! (I know I am excited to see them finished!)

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Artists’ Workshop Annual Spring Show & Sale April 13-15, 2018

Grace Westminster United Church
505 – 10th Street East Saskatoon, SK 

Friday, April 13 7 – 9 pm
Saturday, April 14 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 15  12 noon – 4 pm

The show is free to attend and the building is wheelchair accessible.
Bring a Friend and Enjoy the Show!

Our group includes artists working in a range of mediums including:
watercolour batik,
oil, acrylic, watercolour,
pen and ink, graphite,
and textiles
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Saturday is Slow Art Day

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 is Slow Art Day making it a perfect day to come and spend some focussed time with art!

They say the average amount of time a viewer will look at a piece of art is about 8 seconds. The idea of Slow Art Day is to let go of our need to move quickly and spend some time with a few pieces. The organizers of this global event are suggesting 5 – 10 minutes with one piece of work.

When you take the time to spend with a piece you will make new discoveries. These discoveries help to unlock your own enthusiasm, creativity and appreciation for art!

Come, spend some time with the art and then lets talk about the experience!

 

See you there!

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HomeStyles 2018 and more news

HomeStyles Home Show 2018

I am very excited that the Saskatchewn Craft Council has selected 6 of my watercolour batiks for their booth at HomeStyles 2018!

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St. Louis Reflections 12 x 36″ Watercolour Batik @Paige Mortensen

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Fall in the Pond 10 x 20″ Watercolour Batik @Paige Mortensen

Show Hours
Thursday, March 8 • 3 pm – 9 pm
Friday, March 9 • 1 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, March 10 • 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, March 11 • 10 am – 5 pm

Location
Hall C, Prairieland Park, 503 Ruth Street West, Saskatoon

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Gull Lake 48×12″ Watercolour Batik @Paige Mortensen

   

The Saskatchewan Craft Council (SCC) is returning to HomeStyles Home Show 2018 to showcase Fine Craft and Saskatchewan’s artists. Our booth will be located in Hall C across from the Main Stage. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore how Fine Craft contributes to making a home a place of self-expression. Fine Craft can be part of your daily life, enhancing everyday experiences with its beauty. Featured vignettes will include a child’s room, a foyer, and a cottage and outdoor patio. 

The SCC booth will feature works in wood, glass, textiles, photography, metal, visual art, and ceramics. Pieces will be available for purchase at the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Online Gallery Shop (saskcraftcouncil.org/online-store) from March 8 to March 16 or in person at our booth during the show.
 

This booth is supported by Creative Saskatchewan, EPR Saskatoon, and Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association.

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Floating 10 x 20″ Watercolour Batik @Paige Mortensen

SCC is excited to present a panel discussion on integrating Fine Craft into your daily living space on the Main Stage at HomeStyles Home Show 2018. Handmade Home: Collecting & Using Fine Craft will take place on Thursday, March 8 at 6 pm. Crystal Bueckert of Big.Studio.Inc, a design and architectural firm in Saskatoon, will moderate. Her guests will include home owners who incorporate art into their homes, providing tips and ideas on how to find and select the right pieces to help you develop your home’s personality.


Out of Town Group Shows

Mann Art Gallery Winter Festival Show

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Borden Bridge 24 x 36″ Watercolour Batik @Paige Mortensen

This is a member’s show and we were each able to submit two pieces. I am excited to say that this Borden Bridge piece won an award for Accomplishments in Watercolour!

Show is on now until March 24, 2018.


Art Gallery of Regina – Annual Salon Show & Sale

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Shirley’s Poppies 10 x 20″ Watercolour Batik. @Paige Mortensen

This is my first time submitting to this show and I’m excited to have the opportunity!

March 14 – April 26, 2018


Watch for more exciting news coming soon!!

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Artists’ Workshop Open Studio show and sale – Monday, Nov 27th from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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You are invited to our

Open Studio Show and Sale

Monday, November 27th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Grace Westminster Church Auditorium
505 – 10th Street East     Saskatoon, SK

Every Monday from September through April I meet with a group of artists for a full day of creating and art-making in the auditorium at Grace Westminster Church. Please drop by our open studio to see how we work as well as what we have created.

I will have many of my small watercolour batiks, perfect for gift giving! Other artists work in a variety of media so there will be acrylics, oils, watercolours, pen and ink, mixed media. Something for every taste!

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Artists’ Workshop Open Studio

Sketching in Artists’ Workshop member’s the back yards, driving around Saskatchewan, travel to other parts of our country; all provide inspiration. On our travels I stopped at the Japanese Paper Place in Toronto to learn more about the origins of the Ginwashi paper that I use for my watercolour batiks. Unexpectedly, the stop provided a different kind of inspiration – shape. This change in shape started me thinking about composition in new ways and I have created a collection of 2 x 14” pieces perfect for small spaces.

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@Paige Mortensen 14×2″ pieces in folding hangers

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Paige Mortensen 14×2″ pieces on wood panel

I also discovered some tiny clips and a new way of mounting that highlights the journey my pieces take in their creation. All of this reminding me to be on the lookout for inspiration everywhere.

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Yellow Flowers ©Paige Mortensen in 7 x 5″ Shadow Box frames

See you on Monday the 27th!

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“And Art Gallery” opening in Davidson, and more gallery news!

I have exciting gallery news to share!

AND ART GALLERY

 

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The first piece of exciting gallery news is that I am now represented by AND ART GALLERY in Davidson! The owner, Gail Prpick, is also fellow  member of the Artists’ Workshop group. And Art Gallery, at 112 Washington Ave, Davidson,SK is housed in a century old brick building that use to be a bank.

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The AND ART GALLERY grand opening is:
     Friday, November 17th from 5 – 10 p.m. and
     Saturday, November 18th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

I’ll be there Friday evening to celebrate with Gail and the other artists and to chat with you.

These are my pieces that are there and will be hung by now!

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Preparing to hang work by Paige Mortensen


Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique

I dropped some new pieces off at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique and they are hanging already! It is exciting to see them amongst all this wonderful art and fine craft!

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Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique 1

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Black Spruce Gallery

The Black Spruce Gallery is on winter hours right now but there is still lots to see! My watercolour batik birds and other pieces are on display!

It is located in the NorthSide Antiques building on Highway #2 at Northside, SK. I suggest you call ahead to confirm the hours (306 982 4222).

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Birds by Paige Mortensen at Black Spruce Gallery

Tall & Sunny 1 ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12x30" Available at Black Spruce Gallery

Tall & Sunny 1 ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12×30″ Available at Black Spruce Gallery

Enjoy the Galleries!

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Portals opens at the Mann Art Gallery with Reception on Friday, May 26th at 7 p.m.

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I am excited to share that my show, Portals, opens this Friday, May 26th, 2017 at the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert with a reception at 7 p.m.! 

It would be great to see you there but if that doesn’t work for you the show is up until July 4th so hopefully you can stop in sometime before then.

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We have been fortunate to have been to Europe a couple of times and I found myself drawn to the doors and windows. The big tourist destinations are spectacular and yet I was more interested in the architecture and homes of the ordinary people. These buildings were built centuries ago, before all the tools of today. I found myself asking questions like:

Who built this?
How? 
Who lived here then? 
What were their lives like? 
Who lives here now?

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

Stories Inside XII ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 18×24″

I came home with a mass of reference material and this series began. The series was originally called Stories Inside because of all the questions I had about the stories of the people who built and lived behind these doors. 

Stories Inside IV ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 15x15" $350

Stories Inside IV ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 15×15″

Lately we seem to be doing a lot of driving and I have been paying more attention to some of our own prairie architecture. The grain elevators and barns could not have been easy to build without today’s equipment either. So my work has been moving closer to home. And I ask the same questions about my more recent ancestors. 

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©Paige Mortensen – Memories of Grandpa … Gull Lake Elevator

All of these are Portals. Doors and windows that remind us to be curious and hopefully connect us to different times and places. 

 

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Black Spruce Gallery

I’d also like to invite you to drive about 1/2 hour north of Prince Albert to Northside where you will find Black Spruce Gallery and more of my watercolour batiks. It shares a building with an antiques store so you are bound to find all sorts of interesting treasures. I was just there and the gallery looks fantastic!

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Humble Greeting ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 12×18″

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I hope you can include some art in your early summer plans!

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Making Your Mark: It’s all About the Wax

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In 2012 I was taking a printmaking class and one of the assignments was to do something with batik. To me, at the time, that meant fabric and special dyes. I didn’t want to add more supplies to my art making collection so I went searching for an alternative. I found Kathie George and her beautiful watercolour batiks! From there I completed one of her online tutorials, and I was hooked!

After more than 4 years of my own watercolour batik journey I was finally able to attend one of Kathie’s workshops in Edmonton. I was surprised to see see how much my process had evolved from hers. Kathie invited me to write about that for her blog so here is a sampling of what you will find in: “It’s All About the Wax … making your mark” 

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Kathie uses wax pots for melting her wax and brushes or tjaps for applying it. I use a flat encaustic iron to melt my wax and sponges, mesh, cardboard and whatever else I can find to apply my wax.

A key feature of the batik process is that making your mark with the wax is what determines the outcome of the piece. The wax preserves whatever is already there and is the key to the finished piece.

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Making Your Mark Sampler

 

My Guest Post on Kathie George’s Blog

You can read about my discoveries on her blog:
http://www.kathiegeorge.com/its-all-about-the-wax

While you are there, look around and enjoy all that she shares!

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As always, thanks for reading!

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Artisan Fine Craft Market – November 4 & 5, 2016

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It is a real honour to be participating in the Artisan Fine Craft Market this year! The space has been doubled this year and it will be a fantastic show. Dates and times are listed below and there is more information at artisansask.ca.

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Artisan Fine Craft Market

Then two weeks later is another show I’ll tell you about next time.  For now, what that means is that I have been busy.  Here are a couple images of what has been hanging in the ‘fireplace gallery’ in my studio.  Although, they haven’t had time to linger as the next batch comes along quickly.

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Fall 2016 Fireplace Gallery

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Fall 2016 – Fireplace Gallery

I am thankful for Kim at Vanishing Point Framing for looking after the framing of my larger pieces. They are finished and ready for me to pick up.  These made in Saskatoon frames are a wonderful smooth maple – not only do they look great but they feel so smooth!

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Changing – Framed by Vanishing Point Framing

I have attended the Artisan Fine Craft Market many times over the years, but this is the first time I will be there as part of the show. That is exciting, and a bit scary. So, I have been practising my setup in the basement. 

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Make sure you stop and say hello while you are there!

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Flock of birds now in my studio

Flock of Birds October 2016 ©Paige Mortensen

Flock of Birds October 2016 ©Paige Mortensen

My fireplace gallery now has a flock of birds – part of the work I am doing for the  Artisans’ Fine Craft Market coming up on November 4 & 5, 2016. The white papers behind them have been hanging empty for a few days so it feels good to have some colour there again.

It was our grandson’s 7th birthday at the end of September so we went to help celebrate.  They live on an acreage with a beautiful view of the lake and the birds were plentiful.  The weather was great and our grandchildren were happily jumping on the trampoline. I took some time with my camera to capture some reference images. I am thankful for every one of these special days spent with family.

Things to do:

Over the last week I have been keeping the memories of the day alive by working on some small watercolour batik pieces.  This batik process I use uses wax as a resist so I always work on wax paper (or in this case the liners out of cereal boxes).  These waxy papers stop the wax from sticking to whatever else might be underneath.  Here are some of the flock, finished and waiting for the wax to be ironed off. I did that this morning.

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Flock of birds ready to iron

The next steps are to:

  • sign them
  • photograph them
  • mount them onto canvas
  • attach hangers
  • add labels to the back

Enjoy the birds you see today!

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ArtsQuest.ca Visits my Studio

ArtsQuest.ca comes for a Studio Visit

In August, Corinne and Gary of ArtsQuest came for a studio visit. As it says on their website they are “traveling Canada, building the premier online Canadian arts marketplace.”  I am honoured that they chose to visit me. The were obviously curious about my watercolour batik process and interested in my life as an artist. I look forward to connecting with Corinne and Gary again soon. Here they are with their trusted van “Arty”.

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For now they are posting interviews of artists they meet on their travels. I am not fond of looking at video of me – or of listening to myself talk.  Corinne & Gary did a great job putting this together though so I do hope you will have a look.  Here is a link to mine: http://artsquest.ca/2016/09/21/batik-watercolour-artist-paige-mortensen-irons-out-the-past/ While you are there check out some of the other interesting people they have met along the way!

 

ArtsQuest Interview about my watercolour batik process

 

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Look what I found in the paper! Elevator Stop is one of my pieces featured on the guest artist wall at Handmade House until the end of September 2016.

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Handmade House can be found at 702 Broadway Avenue Saskatoon, SK.

Humboldt & District Museum and Gallery is hosting a members’ show. Several artists from Saskatoon, including myself are participating in it.  I haven’t been yet but I from the pictures it looks like a great show!  You can check it out until November 5, 2016.

Thanks for reading!

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ART NOW: Saskatchewan Fine Art & Craft Fair

I am excited to announce that the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s selection committee chose three of my watercolour batiks to show in their booth at this ART NOW : The Saskatchewan Fine Art & Craft Fair!  It is a first annual event so I am looking forward to everything it has to offer.

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Some of the specifics:

Hours

Friday, September 16 – noon – 9 pm – FREE admission
Saturday, September 17 – 10 am – 6 pm – FREE admission
Sunday, September 18 – 10 am – 4 pm – FREE admission

VIP Opening Reception

Thursday, September 15 from 6 – 10 pm
Tickets $100 with proceeds going to the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
(tickets available here)

Information Sessions (more details here)

September 16 – 1pm     Social Media for the Arts
September 17 – 1pm     
The Two Sides of the Brain: Creativity in Art and Science
September 17 – 3pm     Saskatchewan Art Now
September 18 – 1pm      From Here to There

 

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