Best In Show

Blurry background text "The Australian Watecolour Muster 2019" and in front the text, in blue, "Best in Show 2019
A photo fo a watercolour painting by Christine Porter of the interior of an old  shearing shed.Looking u one of the side pens towards a wooden door and gate. Title "Shearing shed interior" 2019 watercolour 56x38cm sold
Shearing Shed Interior 2019 watercolour on paper 38x56cm Sold, private collection. Best in Show 2019 Australian Watercolour Muster
Representative Artist Fabriano in Acquarello 2020

Then this happens.

After months of planning and painting and freighting and hoping, my painting of a shearing shed interior was awarded Best In Show at the 2019 Australian Watercolour Muster. Chosen from approximately 250 entries from artists all across Australia, it was shortlisted from 119 finalists, to be one of only 20 paintings to physically go to Italy.

Advertising promo for Fabriano in Acquarello conference in Italy in May 2020. It also has the words "2020 catalogue and exhibition Artist"

Then it was selected as one of three Best in Show. Then, best of all, I have been nominated as Australia’s Representative Artist to Italy next May, in #Fabriano, as part of their massive week-long watercolour conference and festival entitled Fabriano In Aquarello. It is a truly international event with paintings exhibited, and artists presenting, from all over the world.

Official Announcement and Celebration

It was a huge weekend in Brisvegas a couple of weeks ago when the Australian artists were announced. I’d known about the award for a little while, but nothing prepared me for the excitement of the night. The official cocktail party was held in the penthouse, on the top floor of the #EmporiumHotel on Southbank, overlooking a very smoky city. The whole world was there, including a few international watercolourists who’d flown in for the event.

Enormous shout out to Wyn Vogel from Fish Lane Studios, and the Watercolour Society of Queensland, who co-ordinated the event. It was great fun to be at a weekend that celebrates #watercolour in all its glory. Certainly a night for celebrating.

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