Writing

Curator of Memories

A website is a giant collection of ideas, images and words. Each of these objects holds a memory. With the click of a mouse this “physical” manifestation of a career’s worth of memories can be edited. What does this mean for the artist as curator of their own stories.

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A painting by Christine Porter of the view across a blue bay to hills with Norfolk Islan pines on it. Overlaid are the words "The 35 things I Learnt" and the web address ChristinePorter.com.au/blog/

The 35 Things I Learnt

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.

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Part of a Norman Rockwell illustration with the words underneath "How to write your artist cv " christineporter.com.au/blog/

How to write your artist cv

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.

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Blurry background text "The Australian Watecolour Muster 2019" and in front the text, in blue, "Best in Show 2019 christineporter.com.au/blog/

Best In Show

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.

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a photo of a very green garden with the text "Finding Time" and "ChristinePorter.com.au/blog" superimposed

Finding Time

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.

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Photo of a patterned cup and saucer, with black tea in it, on a wooden tray, looking from above. With the text: "Drinking Tea in Bed" and christineporter.com.au/blog

Drinking Tea in Bed

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.

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A graphic showing a pencil drawing of some shearing sheds, with the title 'How to Draw" and Christine's web link to that blog

How to Draw

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

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Drawing by a child, of a person wearing an orange dress and purple hair. Done in felt pen on a piece of crumpled paper. With the words "My five year old could do that!" and the address ChrsitinePorter.com.au/blog/ underneath

My five-year-old could do that!

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.

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