January the First

The Christmas holidays, on the east coast of Australia so often means the beach. This is a discussion about why it’s important to maintain those traditions of the beachside holiday, and why it’s good for the rest of the year.

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But First I have to Draw the Goats

It’s the last day of my break. Tomorrow I go back to Stanthorpe to deliver my exhibition to the Regional Gallery. I’ve had a few days here at Fordsdale Farmstay to rest and recuperate. The goats and horses grazing , sometime near my camp, sometimes far away. Today is my last chance to draw the goats in particular. This is what I learnt.

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What Makes Good Art

I have a secret for you. There is no such thing as “good” art. There’s only art that is good for you. Today.And the art that is good for you today, may not suit tomorrow. In the 30 something years I’ve spent as a full-time artist, I’ve had opportunities to write and speak about many…

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A Thankyou note from across the border

Dear Stanthorpe, This is the last weekend that my exhibition about the shearing shed at “Nundubbermere” is on display at your gallery. It closes Sunday afternoon, at 1pm. It’s been a grand journey. From when I accidentally met the Radio National announcer Eddie Ayers in a caravan park in Armidale in 2018, and we needed…

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Painting in the Dark

Full Moon Art Retreat About twice a year, on a weekend when the moon is full, I run a three-day art retreat on a sheep station just west of Tenterfield. We use the shearing shed as a studio, sleep and eat in the shearers’ quarters, and go out into the field to paint and draw….

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Art has an end point too

Previously I’ve written about how to start a creative project. This article is about the other end of creativity – after the inspiration, and past the perspiration. How finishing a project has its own place in the process and why it’s important.

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I’ve discovered a new way to tell a story

2020 was not the year any one in the world anticipated. For artist Christine Porter it was compounded by an eye injury that kept her out of the studio for a large part of the year. It didn’t keep her from the laptop though, nor from learning a whole new way of telling stories, and teaching. Video became that modality. And this is what she’s done.
So far…

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What is Art?

In it’s simplest form, Art is about making things. Usually that means paintings, sculptures, photographs etc each with their own skill set. In my opinion art includes everyday creativity as well. Crafts such as sewing, embroidery, scrapbooking, stonecutting or leatherwork are part of the art world, and activities like cooking, i-phone photography, gardening and flower-arranging…

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Being Accountable

I haven’t ever applied for a grant before. It always seemed an inefficient way to gamble. But when Arts Northern Rivers offered their fast turnaround Micro Grants – $1000 to help alleviate the direct impact of Covid – I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. 

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Introducing S14 and S15

I hadn’t thought much about the small bits of income that would pop into my account each month from small galleries and gift shops around the country. Until all those outlets that sell my cards closed down for the duration. I hadn’t thought about the everyday pleasure of being able to call over and have…

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