West of the Barcoo 2017-2018

Christine Porter 'Blue sky farming' 2017 watercolour 68x27cm SOLD
Christine Porter ‘Blue sky farming’ 2017 watercolour 68x27cm SOLD

Christine Porter 'From the dam wall" (detail) 2017 watercolour on paper 68x19cm Sold
‘From the dam wall” (detail) 2017 watercolour on paper 68x19cm Sold

“West of the Barcoo” is a large project of three shearing sheds near Blackall in western Queensland, and I’m thrilled to bits with the results. I want to thank the family, who have been collecting my work for years in various forms, for their hospitality and for sharing the excitement of this project. The project is made up of approximately 70 paintings -watercolour on paper – not all shown here and a boxed drawing project called “A Sense of Place” completed early 2018.

 

 

Sneak Peek

Throughout the year, you may have already seen some of the images on my instagram and facebook feeds.

A Sense of Place –  drawings and found objects in artist-made Perspex boxes.

Christine Porter "A sense of place" artist made Perspex boxes enclosing in each a pencil drawing and a related found object.
Part of the collection of artist-made Persex boxed drawings from Christine Porter’s “A sense of Place” 2018. Read more

 

 

The Painting Series

I spent more than a year creating these two series. They have not been exhibited publicly yet as a whole exhibition, though “Catching pens” was exhibited as part of the Australian Watercolour Colour Institute’s curated exhibition at the Gosford Regional Gallery in March2018. Many of the major paintings from this series have sold, mostly to the several households that make up the family who own these three sheds.
I am continually humbled by the enthusiasm that people have about my work. Thank you.

Available Artwork

The paintings in this section are still available. Some of this work may be shown in various art shows throughout the year. Most is at Christine’s studio/gallery in Lismore. Contact Christine for more details of availability, sizes, exact prices or to book a visit. Prices are from $400 – $3000 depending on their size and where they sit within this series. 

ChristinePorter 'Catching pens, shearing shed, Blackall Qld" 2017 watercolour 54x74cm
ChristinePorter ‘Catching pens, shearing shed, Blackall Qld” 2017 watercolour 54x74cm Exhibited as part of the Australian Watercolour Institute’s curated exhibition at the Gosford Regional Gallery March 2018. Used as one of the invitation images for that show. WON watercolour section, Aspects Art Show Goondiwindi. WON “Interiors” section, Inverell Art Show. SOLD
ChristinePorter 'Race west' 2017 watercolour 28.5x27
ChristinePorter ‘Race west’ 2017 watercolour 28.5×27
ChristinePorter ' Windmill at the turkey's nest" 2017 watercolour 29x27
ChristinePorter ‘ Windmill at the turkey’s nest” 2017 watercolour 29×27 SOLD
ChristinePorter 'Fence north' 2017 watercolour 29x27cm
ChristinePorter ‘Fence north’ 2017 watercolour 29x27cm
Christine Porter 'Weathershed - inside outside fence' 2017 watercolour 20.5x20.5cm
Christine Porter ‘Weathershed – inside outside fence’ 2017 watercolour 20.5×20.5cm SOLD 
Christine Porter 'Gate' 2017 watercolour 16.5x16.5cm
Christine Porter ‘Gate’ 2017 watercolour 16.5×16.5cm
Christine Porter 'Woolstencils AAA' 2017 watercolour 16.5x16.5cm
Christine Porter ‘Woolstencils AAA’ 2017 watercolour 16.5×16.5cm
Christine Porter 'Sheep' 2017 watercolour 13.5x12cm
Christine Porter ‘Sheep’ 2017 watercolour 13.5x12cm
Christine Porter 'Ramp east , straight on' 2017 watercolour 20.5x20.5cm
Christine Porter ‘Ramp east , straight on’ 2017 watercolour 20.5×20.5cm
Christine Porter 'Woolstencils W-BKN' 2017 watercolour 16.5x16.5cm
Christine Porter ‘Woolstencils W-BKN’ 2017 watercolour 16.5×16.5cm ON HOLD 
Christine Porter 'Ramp east, diagonal view' 2017 watercolour 20.5x20.5cm
Christine Porter ‘Ramp east, diagonal view’ 2017 watercolour 20.5×20.5cm SOLD 
Christine Porter 'Mill and two tanks' 2017 watercolour 29x27cm
Christine Porter ‘Mill and two tanks’ 2017 watercolour 29x27cm
Christine Porter 'Shed from west' 2017 watercolour approx 74x20cm
Christine Porter ‘Shed from west’ 2017 watercolour approx 74x20cm
Christine Porter 'Moonrise' 2017 watercolour 622x22cm
Christine Porter ‘Moonrise’ 2017 watercolour 622x22cm  (yes, there’s a full moon there)
Christine Porter 'Shed at dusk' 2017 watercolour49.5x16
Christine Porter ‘Shed at dusk’ 2017 watercolour49.5x16cm
Christine Porter 'Shed with yellow machinery' 2017 watercolour 60x20cm
Christine Porter ‘Shed with yellow machinery’ 2017 watercolour 60x20cm
Christine Porter 'Timber counting out pens' 2017 watercolour 38x36cm
Christine Porter ‘Timber counting out pens’ 2017 watercolour 38x36cm. WON Best painting in watercolour, Blackall Heartland Festival, 2018. 
Christine Porter 'two tanks and broken mill' 2017watercolour 13.5x12cm
Christine Porter ‘two tanks and broken mill’ 2017watercolour 13.5x12cm
Christine Porter 'Woolstencil H' 2017 watercolour approx 11x11cm
Christine Porter ‘Woolstencil H’ 2017 watercolour approx 11x11cm

Archived Work

The paintings in these three sections have sold. This is not all the works from this series.

1 The Newest Shed

This is the main shed for my friend’s wool operation. The wool they produce has won major prizes. When I was there the decisions were being made about which fleece would be sent to the Ekka that year to compete. Consequently there are a couple of paintings about that occasion. It was fun to compare the fleeces, noting the slight differences in colour, staple and crimp. It was, I might add,  a successful show for my friends that year.

All the paintings shown here, have been collected into private collections in NSW and Qld.

(photos to follow)

2 The Original Shed

This is the shed that the family had used for several generations. It’s pine construction and long, low aspect is typical of sheds built at this time.

There’s evidence all around of the family’s long association with this site. The series “A sense of Place” was developed here – about how small objects imply their ongoing presence. 

(photos to follow)

3 The Oldest Shed

Of the three sheds, this is probably the oldest. It’s low on the ground, and built from bush timber milled on-site. The thing I love most about this shed is the way it’s nestled into the scrub – it’s as if it’s a simply more shaded, constructed part of it.

It’s perhaps ironic that the airstrip is near this shed – where modern shepherding happens at 500 feet instead at saddle height.

(photos to follow)