Today: From my Easel

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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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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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A blog post about Christine's opinion about the fear of creating muddy colours in watercolour, and some solutions.

In Fear of Mud

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

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Christine Porter Blog Oct2018 Judging Children's Art about how to make art judging a positive thing

Judging Children’s Art

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.

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A day in the life of an artist

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.

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