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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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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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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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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An opinion about using photographs

Susan Webster sat across from me at the cafe near the old gallery. She’s an Ag-journalist, but we we weren’t there for work, though we’d talked about her novel, and my paintings and the state of the dairy industry and more. Suddenly she said something about using photos in art. “Wait” she said, as I began, ” let’s record this”. So she did. This is a transcript of what she heard.

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I am a storyteller

I am a storyteller, as are all artists. Some tell stories of what they imagine. Others tell stories of where they’ve been, or how they feel. Artists in academia tell stories that have footnotes [1] Like many of my contemporaries, I tell stories about what I see. I tell visual stories about the sheep and…

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There’s being published and then there’s being PUBLISHED

 While I’m thinking about ‘the artist as writer’ I want to tell you about the first time I came closed to being a published author. I know that there are degrees of being published, and hierarchies within those degrees. But in the 1960’s the world on on-line publishing was not even the twinkle in the eye of a programmer (who was not yet even the twinkle in someone else’ eyes). For me, in grade six, the promise of a publishing contract was enough to get me scribbling…

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