‘Bucket’ 2016 watercolour and body colour 9x9cm (Did this win a prize at Gundy, where I’m sure it sold. Memory, don’t abandon me, you fickle thing)

Each painting, in its life, moves through the arc of inspiration, perspiration, appreciation, until it end up on a wall somewhere. Or not. There’s at least one artwork from each series that I seriously consider not selling. Those particular ones I make sure go to really good homes, on the proviso that I can visit. In my spare bedroom, on top of the wardrobe, is a small collection of paintings that were never sold. Don’t tell anyone !

In reality, once the paintings leave here I seldom see them again. Sometimes I’m visiting friends and see one of my paintings in their collection. There’s a startling shock of familiarity. It’s like seeing an old friend. I want to stop and chat and find out how the years have been for them, and share mine. 

Painting is a very personal thing. The time I spend on-site, and in the studio  feeds a relationship to a particular place. But in a world where technological transience is de rigour – not for nothing do we have “Insta-gram” – whole bodies of work recorded on web-pages can disappear with the click of a mouse. I’m in charge of the mouse clicks in my house, but for all the need for editorial alertness, I don’t want to forget the time spent on a project. This practice of mine is not about record and forget. It’s about remembering. Remembering place, places as well as the people I met and time I spent there.  

This collection isn’t a crafted archive – it’s curated with a certain randomness. Like memory itself, it will negotiate the past as it sees fit. And like memory, permanence is only ever a tick-tock mouse-click away from delete.

Christine Porter November 2017

Painting this series was difficult. It was hard to see the drought first decimating the feed, then ravaging it, then crisping it to grey almost before my eyes. Visiting over a twelve month period I found that the extra grass I’d put in (artistic license !) made reality look even more bleak. I know this country can recover from such a drought. I was living in Hughenden in the 1980’s and my memory is of only a few days rain in that two year period. I saw how quickly things changed with those few drops of rain. My hope is that the vague promise of grass and rain that I implied in my paintings reflects reality for this district and others in western Queensland, sooner rather than later.

'Once were yards'(frame view) 2015 watercolour 86x40cm Christine Porter

‘Once were Yards’ 2015, Watercolour on paper, 86x40cm
PRIZES: 2018 Casino Beef Week Award 2015. Winner Inverell Art Prize 2016: Highly commended, Open section, Royal Easter Show, Sydney.
EXHIBITED: 2016 Australian Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition Sydney. Singleton Art Show. “Packsaddle Exhibition” NERAM Armidale. Nudgee Art Show, Brisbane.

'Shed from the yards' 2015 watercolour 69x40cm Christine Porter
From the old yards 2015 watercolour on paper 69 x 26.5cm
'ramp' 2015 watercolour 29x27cm Christine Porter
Ramp 2015 watercolour on paper 29x27cm SOLD private collection
'The end of the shed' 2015 watercolour 14x15cm Christine Porter
The end of the shed  2015 watercolour on paper 14 x 15cm
'Hope' 2015, watercolour 75x55 Christine Porter
Hope  2015 watercolour on paper 75x55cm EXHIBITED: 2015 Blackall Heartland Exhibition. PRIZE: 2015 Overall Best Painting Award. Blackall. Sold Below: framed view

'Hope' frame-view2015 watercolour 75x55cm Christine Porter

'Shed' 2015 watercolour 79x34cm Christine Porter
The Square Window 2015 watercolour on paper 20.5 x 20.5cm Sold
'Shed' 2015 watercolour 79x34cm Christine Porter
North West Shed  2015 watercolour on paper 34x 79cm Sold
'Two taps' (detail) 2015 watercolour 20x20cm Christine Porter
Two Taps  2015 watercolour on paper 20.5×20.5cm  EXHIBITED: 2016 Nudgee Art Show SOLD private collection
'Corrugated iron' 2015 watercolour 29x27cm Christine Porter
Corrugated Iron 2015 watercolour on paper 29x27cm EXHIBITED 2015-16 Australian Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition. Gosford Regional Gallery; 2016 Toowoomba Grammar Art Show. Sold
'Midday' 2015 watercolour 78x23cm Christine Porter
‘Quarters at midday’ 2015 watercolour 78x23cm Sold
'Quarters at dusk' 2015 watercolour 81x27cm Christine Porter
‘Quarters at dusk’ 2015 watercolour 81x27cm Sold. Highly Commended Aspects Art Show Goondiwindi 2016
'Shed from the east' 2015 watercolour 75x24cm Christine Porter
‘Shed from the east’ 2015 watercolour 75x24cm Sold
'Three stories' 2015 watercolour 55x37cm Christine Porter
Interior with three stories  2015 watercolour on paper 55x37cm Sold
'woolbales' 2015 watercolour 14x15cm Christine Porter
Apothocary  2015 watercolour on paper 8.5 x 9cm Sold
'Wire and tin II' 2011 watercolour 26x26cm Christine Porter
wire and tin II    2011 watercolour on paper   26 x 25 cm sold
'Door' 2011 Watercolour 42x42cm Christine Porter
Door‘ 2011 watercolour on paper   42 x 42cm acquired by the Casino RSM Club

'The red door' 2012 watercolour 51x39cm Christine Porter
the red door  2012 watercolour on paper 51×39 cm SOLD private collection Qld Finalist: The John Villiers Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Show 2012 Winton Qld Judge’s comments:  A beautifully simple painting of cleverly proportioned shapes and a wonderfull repetition of subtly varied horizontal and vertical lines. The strong diagonals above and below the door draw the eye in to the focal point where the warm colour and strong tonal contrast hold attention. The dark areas of shadow in the painting have been painted in a cool blue/grey to give impact to the subdued red of the door. These dark areas are broken up with small patches of warm brown, linking the red door to the rest of the painting. Looking closely at the work reveals a looseness in the brushwork that suggests the worn patina of a well used shed. This provides an interesting contrast to the almost photographic quality of the painting when viewed from a distance. John Lovett Winton 2011
'wire and tin I' 2011 watercolour 27x25cm Christine Porter
wire and tin I 2011 watercolour on paper 26x25cm Sold


from the back door‘ 2014 watercolour approx 80x50cm. sold
‘wash basin‘ 2014 watercolour 16x16cm . sold
keys hanging‘ 2014 watercolour approx 12x8cm.Sold
slab built 2014 watercolour approx 45x38cm Sold
tap‘ 2014 watercolour and body colour, approx 17x17cm. sold. available as a blank greeting card
‘the yards‘ 2014 watercolour approx 76x56cm ‘Sold. won The Inverell Art Prize 2014
In the wild New England Ranges‘ 2014 (slightly different ccrop than final framed version)wateroclour approx 75x45cm. Sold
Christine Porter 'The Original House' 2014 Watercolour on paper (framed view) 45x16cm Sold
Christine Porter ‘The Original House’ 2014 Watercolour on paper (framed view) 45x16cm Sold
'Pa's Shed" 2015 Watercolour 84x35cm Christine Porter
‘Pa’s Shed” 2015 Watercolour 84x35cm Christine Porter. won The Inverell Art Prize 2016. Sold