Monday, March 13, 2017

Cleveland Lighthouse and Restaurant.

The lighthouse was built in 1864 by the Queensland Government. It lit up Cleveland Point until it was replaced in 1975 by the concrete light. It is a hexagonal wooden lighthouse about 12m (38ft) tall. It is made of painted weatherboards attached to a timber frame.  The light used kerosene until 1934 when it was converted to electricity.
The lighthouse was originally located on the north east tip of Cleveland Point. In  1975, a new concrete light was built and the old lighthouse was moved to the western shore of the point, about 140m south of its original location. In 2009, the concrete light was removed.
In the 1860s, small farming settlements along the south coast of Moreton Bay, including at Cleveland, Victoria Point, Redland Bay and along the Logan and Albert Rivers relied on small ships (coastal steamers) for transport.
Travel by ship could be dangerous as the mudflats and sandbanks in Moreton Bay move and there are rocks. The bay is also very tidal, which meant it gets very shallow, especially close to shore.
Cleveland Point was a dangerous spot. Before the lighthouse was built, people living in Cleveland put up small lights to make sure the ships didn’t run aground. These small lights kept getting damaged, and eventually the Queensland Government decided to build a permanent light.

The Lighthouse Restaurant is a busy place.  We had fish and chips for lunch.  I wasn't overly thrilled with them, they were very dry.

  Pen and ink sketch in my A4 sketchbook

Watercolour added.  We were sketching with our eyes over the bay as a huge storm was forecast.

Luckily for us the storm held off for the two and a half hours we were sketching.  Lunchtime brought the downpour.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sketching Kurilpa Bridge Brisbane City

The name KURILPA reflects the Australian Aboriginal word for the South Brisbane and West End area, and means "place for water rats".
The bridge cost $63million to build and is the world’s largest hybrid tensegrity bridge. Only the horizontal spars conform to tensegrity principles. The Kurilpa Bridge is a multiple-mast, cable-stay structure based on principles of tensegrity producing a synergy between balanced tension and compression components to create a light structure which is incredibly strong.

A4 sketchbook bamboo dip pen and ink.

Fabulous Morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Vulture Street Brisbane

Vulture Street is a very old street in South Brisbane with some wonderful old houses along it as well as a wonderful Syrian church and the old Royal Queensland blind Association Building.  My friend and i opted for a row of buildings cut into the hill.  Leslie chose to sketch one on the top and I one on the lower road.

The old rusted corrugated iron roofs caught my attention.  This was definitely a challenge for me to draw but I did enjoy it.  I even put the car in.

Sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers

Spring Hill Baths were designed by Thomas Kirk and built from 1886 to 1913 by William M Park. It is also known as Arthur Street City Baths and Municipal Baths at Spring Hill.
One of the principal reasons for establishing the Arthur Street (now Torrington Street) bath was its location above the Spring Hollow (Water Street) drain, installed in 1884, the waste water from the baths providing a daily cleanse. River water from Petrie Bight was pumped to a small reservoir at the top end of Albert Street, then gravity fed down Spring Hill to the Hollow, where it was stored in holding tanks (now boarded over) at the far end of the baths. Each evening the pool was drained and every morning the water was replenished in a process lasting several hours. This system of flushing the Spring Hill drain was employed for three-quarters of a century.
Not until 1914 did the city council install a salt-water supply scheme to which the baths were linked. As the Brisbane River grew more polluted, chemicals were added to the pool water, and finally a filtration system was installed in 1961.

Sketches done in my  A4 Sketchbook pen and watercolour

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bulimba Ferry terminal (Ferry Wharf)

The Bulimba ferry terminal was built in 1922 for the Balmoral Shire Council, then responsible for the efficient servicing of several ferry routes across the Brisbane River. Since the days of the convict settlement at Moreton Bay when a punt was poled between the main settlement and the south bank of the river, ferries have been a vital transport facility for Brisbane. The river twists and loops through the city and cross-river access is important in linking city and suburbs and greatly reducing travel time between them. Although the first bridge linked the city and South Brisbane in 1862, no other bridges were built for many years, public transport was limited and few people had private transport until after World War Two. People who needed to commute to work and to access shopping and entertainment facilities used cross-river ferries on a daily basis. Ferries were the only major transport service provided by metropolitan local authorities as responsibility for care and management had been placed in their hands by an 1858 Act.
The Hawthorne ferry terminal which is almost a replica of this one was built around the same time.  The are on the heritage register.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Qld State Library

Queenslands first State library was built in Williams Street in 1986 It is a fine old building that has been repurposed and now the State library lives across the river at South bank, and was built in 1988. State Library of Queensland, mainly through the John Oxley Library, has a vital role in preserving and sharing Queensland's history by collecting contemporary and retrospective content that chronicles events, people, places and ideas that continue to shape Queensland.  is the main reference and research library provided to the people of the State of Queensland, Australia, by the state government. Its legislative basis is provided by the Queensland Libraries Act 1988

I was sitting in North Quay Ferry Terminal and sketching the Queensland State Library across the river.
A4 sketchbook - Bamboo Dip pen and Watercolour

Monday, February 6, 2017

Last Plein Air artwork for 2016 was a commission.

I had the greatest of pleasure making a plein air commission in the last 2 days of 2016.  I sat on the verandah of a fabulous house looking at beautiful views of Moreton Bay.   (Now my client has gifted her artwork, I can show you.)

I started my commission by doing 4 thumbnails of the view in front of me, then I discussed with my client what she wanted, and I made a pre-drawing.  

The final photo is what she asked for..  It was a lot of fun, even though it was terribly hot.  We had a heat wave at the time, I had a blast.

 These are the thumbnails I made

This was sketched in my A4 plein air sketchbook
The view is magnificent.  One can see St Helena Island on one side and King Island at Redland Bay the other..

 This is the preliminary sketch under the clients instruction. Done on Art Spectrum Acid free Mould made cp watercolour paper.
16" x 06"

The finished artwork as per her request.

Sketching in the Historic Orleigh Park - West End - Brisbane

The area of Orleigh Park was originally known as Coombes Swamp.  It later became known as Hills End.  As the names suggest it is a very wet area, and subject to disastrous flooding. Three major floods were in  1893 - 1974 and 2011.  In 1893 it peaked 3 times, in one month. (February, our wet season) This area was a very prestigious housing area, and in the 1893 floods all bt one of the impressive houses were swept away.

In 1914 the park was built.  It is believed the name comes from the name of the house belonging to a John Williams that was swept away.  Orr/O" - descendant of; Lee living nearby.
The large Moreton bay and Weeping  fig trees were planted by the council and residents around 1918.

I had a lovely morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers making this sketch.

Art Spectrum watercolour pad 150x400mm ink and bamboo dip pen.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Story Bridge and Customs House.

Fabulous Morning sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers at captain Burke Park

The Story Bridge is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia. The bridge is part of Bradfield Highway and connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. The Story Bridge opened in 1940 and was tolled until 1947. It is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.

The former Brisbane Customs House, constructed between 1886 and 1889 to a design prepared by Charles McLay of the Queensland Colonial Architect's Office, was in use by the customs service for nearly a century. It is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical style, with its grand colonnades and portico, and a dome which still manages to be a major feature on the landscape, despite being overlooked by adjacent high rise office and apartment blocks.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Royal Exchange Hotel - Toowong

Royal Exchange Hotel Toowong. Architect Richard Gailey
The railway reached Toowong in 1875, and by 1876 there was a Railway Hotel across the road from the station. The hotel changed its name in 1884, and became the Royal Exchange.
It is popular with local office workers and also University of Queensland students due to its proximity to the university.  It is on the heritage register.

Super morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers
A4 sketchbook - Unipin pen and watercolour

Friday, January 27, 2017

Gresham Lane

Gresham Lane is what is left of the magnificent  Gresham Hotel. The hotel  was designed by JH Buckeridge and built by Henry Holmes.  below is an early photo.

The Gresham can lay claim to a couple of bits of history. The documents that incorporated Qantas were signed there in 1920, when Hudson Fysh, Paul McGuinness and Fergus McMaster met to inaugurate the airline.

The Gresham was one of the earliest buildings in Brisbane to install electricity - it came from the power station that was erected in 1887 behind the GPO in what is now called Edison Lane  - and the hotel was able to include the necessary electrical fittings during construction.

The hotel was also a player in the infamous 1942
Battle of Brisbane, where Australian and American service personnel locked horns in the intersection right outside the Gresham. Undoubtedly some of the antagonists would have been drinking there, but also the hotel's verandahs were a vantage point for many, including war correspondent John Hinde who was on a balcony overlooking the melee. He stated "The most furious battle I ever saw during the war was that night in Brisbane. It was like a civil war."

 The Gresham was demolished after a the great flood in 1974. The national Australia Bank was built in it's place.  The lane-way remains as a  reminder of times past.

The new Gresham is in the NAB building.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Koala House in Adelaide Street

I am a Dedicated URBAN SKETCHER:-
I have been a member of Urban Sketchers for about 9 years now, and I am a Blog Correspondent for the Australia Urban Sketchers Blog. I love being an Urban Sketcher, and the comrade of fellow sketchers.  We are a big family, helping and supporting each other, and sharing our sketches with the world.

Today the Brisbane City Sketchers sketched in Adelaide Street in the City.  I sat in the Sparrow and Finch Cafe (love that name) and sketched the iconic Koala House. 

A4 sketchbook - Lamy pen and watercolour 

 Koala House used to be an Japanese restaurant.
Long gone, changed hands many times, and I think the
Koalas are now registered on the heritage Register.

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