Today: From my Easel

photo of some prawn heads, a fork and an empty cup on a white plate. Words "january the first" and CP blog address

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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Where there’s Tea, there’s Hope

Dawn is an excellent time to ponder the great problems of the world. Making tea over a camp fire, at dawn, mid-winter, during an off-grid painting trip, adds more layers to the experience. Also, read why Christine included this version of the words. It might surprise you.

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Painting of three straw brooms leaning against a metal woolbale holder. Overlaid by title text and CPs webaddress, and details of pianitng

How to start [again]

As the pandemic and its strictures became less, suddenly the world that had been put on hold needed to get going again. Not as easy as it sounds…

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photo of a sign that says"Road may be impassable during wet weather" and CP's blog address

Road May Be Impassable

Rural roads get Christine to her place of work. Places. Places on the beaten track, and off it. Sometimes the signs she encounters have a bigger message than at first glance.

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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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Photo of Chrisitne Porter apparently adjusting a video selfie with the words "I've discovered a new Way of telling stories" over the top and her website below it.

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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Painting by CP of a windmill with a

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

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