Once were Yards, 2015

'Once were yards'(detail) 2015 watercolour 86x40cmcm Christine Porter
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mage: “Once were Yards” (detail) 2015 watercolour on paper 86 x 39.5 cm

description

A series of  30 paintings of the original shearing shed on a property near Barcaldine, Queensland, by Australian artist Christine Porter . Watercolour on paper, 10 cm square up to 82 cm long. Unsold paintings in galleries or at Christine’s studio in Lismore. Please contact us directly for availability, prices or to book a studio visit to see the work in person.

artist statement

I’ve been painting the sheds around Blackall and Barcaldine for almost as long as I’ve been a full-time artist. In the time since I first travelled there about 1990, I’ve seen the area go from being prized for its wool growing prowess to an area bereft of the sheep, shearers and indeed wool-sheds that made it famous. A number of reasons, they tell me: drought, dogs, wool prices, cattle prices, rising fuel costs, more.

The shed and quarters in this series is one such shed. This was the original shed on the place, which has been replaced with a new modern shed, but the drought has put paid to any effective shearing this season, or last.

Painting this series was difficult. It was hard to see the drought first decimating the feed, then ravaging it, then crisping it to grey almost before my eyes. Visiting over a twelve month period I found that the extra grass I’d put in (artistic license !) made reality look even more bleak. I know this country can recover from such a drought. I was living in Hughenden in the 1980’s and my memory is of only a few days rain in that two year period. I saw how quickly things changed with those few drops of rain. My hope is that the vague promise of grass and rain that I implied in my paintings reflects reality for this district and others in western Queensland, sooner rather than later.
Christine Porter, Winter 2015

available artwork

Please note that the colour on your screen may not match the actual artwork. Some available framed, others matted. Prices: $500-$4000 To purchase or for more information: contact us by phone or email.

 'Once were yards'(frame view) 2015 watercolour 86x40cm Christine Porter

‘Once were Yards’ 2015, Watercolour on paper, 86x40cm  PRIZES: 2015. Winner Inverell Art Prize 2016: Highly commended, Open section, Royal Easter Show, Sydney. EXHIBITED: 2016 Australian Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition Sydney. Singleton Art Show. “Packsaddle Exhibition” NERAM Armidale. 

 

'Shed with tank' 2015 watercolour 78x16cm Christine Porter

Shed with tank  2015
watercolour on paper 78 x 16.5cm
framed

 

'Quarters at dusk' 2015 watercolour 81x27cm Christine Porter

The quarters at dusk 2015
watercolour on paper 81 x 27cm ( note, this is not the best photo of this painting… since this was taken it’s been straightened in the frame.)
PRIZES: 2016 Highly commended Aspects Art Show Goondiwindi

 

'Quarters at dusk'(detail) 2015 watercolour 81x27cm Christine Porter

The quarters at dusk (detail) 

 

'Shed from the yards' 2015 watercolour 69x40cm Christine Porter

From the old yards 2015
watercolour on paper 69 x 26.5cm

 

 

 

 

'ramp' 2015 watercolour 29x27cm Christine Porter

Ramp 2015
watercolour on paper 29x27cm
SOLD private collection

 

'Yards' 2015 watercolour 29x27cm Christine Porter

Yards 2015
watercolour on paper 29x27cm
PRIZES: 2016 Highly Commended, Inverell Art Show; 2015 Highly Commended, Blackall

 

'Concrete steps ' 2015 watercolour 29x27cm Christine Porter

Concrete Steps 2015
watercolour on paper 29 x27cm

 

'Morning gate' 2015 watercolour 20x20cm Christine Porter

Morning Gate  2015
watercolour on paper 28 x 26.5cm

 

'Afternoon gate with horizon' 2015 watercolour 30x26cm Christine Porter

Afternoon Gate 2015
watercolour on paper 30 x 26.5cm
Slightly innacurate colour
ON HOLD

 

'wooltable sketch' 2015 watercolour and body colour 18x19.5cm Christine Porter

Wool table (prep sketch)  2015
watercolour and acrylic on paper 18×19.5cm

 

'The new shed' 2015 watercolour 37x12cm Christine Porter

The new shed  2015
watercolour on paper 37.5 x 12cm

 

'From the cradle to the grave' 2015 watercolour 14x15cm Christine Porter

From the cradle to the grave   2015
watercolour on paper 14 x 15cm

 

'The end of the shed' 2015 watercolour 14x15cm Christine Porter

The end of the shed  2015
watercolour on paper 14 x 15cm

 

selected archive

These paintings have been sold into private and corporate collections across Queensland and New South Wales.

'Hope' 2015, watercolour 75x55 Christine Porter

Hope  2015
watercolour on paper 75x55cm EXHIBITED: 2015 Blackall Heartland Exhibition. PRIZE: 2015 Overall Best Painting Award. Blackall. Sold
Below: framed view
'Hope' frame-view2015 watercolour 75x55cm Christine Porter

 

'Shed' 2015 watercolour 79x34cm Christine Porter

The Square Window 2015
watercolour on paper 20.5 x 20.5cm
Sold

 

'Shed' 2015 watercolour 79x34cm Christine Porter

North West Shed  2015
watercolour on paper 34x 79cm
Sold

'Two taps' (detail) 2015 watercolour 20x20cm Christine Porter

Two Taps  2015
watercolour on paper 20.5×20.5cm  EXHIBITED: 2016 Nudgee Art Show SOLD private collection

 

'Corrugated iron' 2015 watercolour 29x27cm Christine Porter

Corrugated Iron 2015
watercolour on paper 29x27cm EXHIBITED 2015-16 Australian Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition. Gosford Regional Gallery; 2016 Toowoomba Grammar Art Show. Sold

 

'Midday' 2015 watercolour 78x23cm Christine Porter

Quarters at midday   2015
watercolour on paper 23x78cm
Sold

 

'Shed from the east' 2015 watercolour 75x24cm Christine Porter

Shed from the east 2015
watercolour on paper75.5 x 24cm
Sold

 

'Three stories' 2015 watercolour 55x37cm Christine Porter

Interior with three stories  2015
watercolour on paper 55x37cm
Sold

 

'woolbales' 2015 watercolour 14x15cm Christine Porter

Apothocary  2015
watercolour on paper 8.5 x 9cm
Sold

 

'woolbales' 2015 watercolour 14x15cm Christine Porter

Wool-bales in the new shed  2015
watercolour on paper 14x15cm
Sold