Writing

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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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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Cherish the Handwritten Moments

In the middle of the pandemic, the implications of our communications comes to the forefront. In the absence of what was “normal”it becomes more considered and, with that consideration, more valued.

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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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Why Variety adds Spice

They say that getting out of one’s comfort zone is “good for you”. I say that Variety – yes, capital letter there for emphasis – in whatever form, is the spice of life.

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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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Picking up Shiny Objects

Being an artist isn’t just starting at the beginning and moving forward in steady measured steps. (Though it can be, if that’s how you are). For me it’s a pattern of learning to notice what I’m attracted to, and running with that idea for as long as it takes.

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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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