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

Portals

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

Making Your Mark

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.

Making Your Mark Sampler

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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Artists’ Workshop Pre-Christmas Small Works Sale

It is time for the Artists’ Workshop pre-Christmas small works sale!  I am proud to be part of this amazing group of artists!  Every one of us has a different way of working and together our works make a wonderful show.  

See below for some of my pieces or follow these links to see some of the variety:

Artists’ Workshop Website – https://artistsworkshop1.wordpress.com

Artists’ Workshop on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/artistsworkshopsaskatoon/

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small works sale

Paige Mortensen – selection of works for small works sale

Going on a Picnic

Going on a Picnic ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 20×10″

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Brimming ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 5×7″

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Searching 1 ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 8×6″

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Retired ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 9×12″

Hope to see you soon!

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Artisan Fine Craft Market – November 4 & 5, 2016

Artisan 2016

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.

Fall 2016 Fireplace Gallery

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!

Changing - Framed by Vanishing Point Framing

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

 

Saskatoon Star Phoenix

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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Summer Reflections and Sharing Gratitudes

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!

Art Related:

By The Sandbar ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 16x16" SOLD

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!

 

 

Family News

Engagement

 

Exciting family news #1 – our son is engaged so we have a soon to be daughter-in-law!

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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!

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My niece and her husband had a baby girl!

 

Celebrations

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A 65th Wedding Anniversary!

 

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A 95th Birthday Party!

 

Inspirations

Leaves

 

Interesting leaves.

 

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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

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!

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Rain Rescue – a random act of kindness

With Gratitude

Out of the Rain

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!

With gratitude,

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P.S. Remember to stop by Handmade House and have to see my show there!

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Handmade House Show – August – September 2016

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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