Ok friends.Who wants to come up to Gympie on the 21st of March, a Saturday afternoon, and drink champagne with me to celebrate this exhibition? It sounds like the gallery has an afternoon of it planned. so it should be fun. I haven’t seen some of you for an age, so if you’ve got the…
When I said that I was going to go Norfolk Island as a student, more than one person asked why. “But you already know how to paint” they said. “But you’re a professional artist” they said.
I anticipated learning about one new thing a day. And I noted those. But when I began the list for those 7 days on the island, it was closer to five things a day. And there’s probably more yet.
Twice recently I’ve been asked about how to write an artist cv. The first artist applying for a grant for a workshop, the second needing one to complete an entry for a juried art show. Time, it seemed, to share some info from my “Success and the Business of Artwork” professional development workshop that I’ve been teaching for a few years now.
There have been many career highlights this year, but having my work chosen as Best in Show at the Australian Watercolour Muster in November was one of the best yet.
In any business, there’s an ebb and flow of crisis and calm, overlaid with the day-to-day strategies that plod along getting things done. I realised that allocating time to the garden – a less important job in my week – took the worry of it not being done, and gave me more time for everything else.
Other days have their purpose within the broad scheme of the week. Sunday morning, with its short time of stillness, is as vital to the week’s productivity as the days of busyness.
I have a challenge for you All the blogs I’ve written for you have skirted around the main thing I do each day. I paint and draw for a living. We’ve spoken about creativity in all things – from fine art all the way through to flower arranging, baking, whittling, embroidering, photography and others. You…
Have you ever watched a child make art? Do you, like so many of us, have as treasured items the results of those labours? Read why I think we can learn such a lot from those young artists.
Walking into an art supply shop, to buy paper, can be one of the more overwhelming situations. Aside from the paper’s rag content, surface and weight, the fourth element is the factory where it’s made.
Armidale, Easter and I am about to open my tent for a pyjama-clad walk across the park. It would change my life.
When the producer of Radio National’s The Arts Show decided she wanted this image for the web-page, to complement the radio program I’d been in with Ed Ayers, (listen here) she emailed me. “Can you tell me more about this one?” she’d asked. “Is it still the hundredth shed? Where is it located?” I’m sure…
It’s easy to get sucked into the vortex that is you-tube searching for all the answers before we even take the first step. But there are advantages to making your own mistakes.
Qu: When is a watercolour not a watercolour Answer: When it’s a painting. There are many opinions about what constitutes a “watercolour”. There’s fine lines that must not be crossed about opacity or percentages of body colour. There’s even the historical situation of watercolour being once considered a sketching medium – the hierarchically inferior cousin…
Six years ago, in September 2012, I was the judge of the first Holy Name School Art Show. Judging children’s art is always problematic, so this blog, which is a transcript of my opening night speech, addresses issues of competing and being an artist, even at primary school age. It gives advice to children and their parents’, that is relevant to all artists.
Years ago I used to tell people I worked in a bank, when I met them at parties, because it was easier than explaining that whole “artist” thing. Since then I’ve added the word “Professional” to how I describe my career. It’s made it easier. I still need to tell stories about how my day looks, this is one of those days.
What’s it really like when Christine gets out of the studio and into the field ? Three small videos about her time preparing for her Hundredth Shearing Shed exhibition at “Deeargee” Uralla.