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.
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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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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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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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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 and draw for a living. We’ve spoken about creativity in all things – from fine art all the way through to flower arranging, baking, whittling, embroidering, photography and others. You…

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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 that must not be crossed about opacity or percentages of body colour. There’s even the historical situation of watercolour being once considered a sketching medium – the hierarchically inferior cousin…

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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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