Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sketching on a rainy day.....

I went to the State library of Brisbane today to sketch.  It was a very rainy day, in fact this evening it is still raining, but I had a blast.  I am a die hard Urban Sketcher..

First sketch, I was sitting at the Library cafe, waiting to see if anyone else in Brisbane City Sketchers was as crazy as me.  It has been 12 months there about since I sat here and sketched across river, and I was really taken by how much has changed and is still changing.  The only thing that really stays the same are the cranes..

After about 30 minutes or so, it was obvious that no one in the group was venturing out to sketch with me, so I headed inside the Library to the Red Box.
I drew this view looking to the left at the Kurilpa Bridge.  The Kurilpa Bridge is the longest tensity bridge in the world.

 This sketch, is of the Brisbane City Library Buildings across the river from the State library. The huge building built above them is the Brisbane City Council Building.

 I had a lovely mornng sketching, and after I had my lunch I spent 2 hours poking around the Art galleries right next door.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lourdes Hill College

Fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers sketching in the rain.  Well, not really, we holed up in the Watt Restaurant at the power House.

Lourdes Hill College was so named by the Archbishop of Brisbane  after Lourdes in France, where Mary is said to have appeared to a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous. It was founded in 1916 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict. 
The school still caters for approximately 970 students from Years 8 to 12 (12 to 18 years of age)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Howard Smith Wharves from Dockside

The Howard Smith Wharves were constructed 1934-early 1940s by the Queensland Government to provide relief work during the depression years of the 1930s. Initially known as the Brisbane Central Wharves, the project was undertaken in conjunction with the construction of the Story Bridge.

  My pen and ink morning this morning, for Ink Tober

Watercolour added

For this sketch, I used water brushes filed with diluted ink..

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Brisbane Open House

Brisbane had their Open House today and it continues tomorrow.  Open House is a worldwide event, with cities opening their historic buildings to the public.

Brisbane City Sketchers has a yearly sketchout event on the Saturday, visiting as many buildings as we and and sketching where we can..  All my sketches are in my A5 Holcroft sketchbook, with various Lamy pens.

Criagston is Brisbanes first Cooperatively owned building. It is also the first reinforced concrete framed multi-storied building in Brisbane  Architect Arnold Conrad

Architect Richard gaily is a favourite of mine, he has designed some amazing buildings in the city.  He was a devout Baptist, and designed this building free of charge. Built at a time when the Gothic style was very popular, the tabernacle was designed in a contrasting Classical design.  It is magnificent inside as it is out, and well worthy of a visit.

The next two sketches were done in All saints Anglican Church. (built 1862) this church is the oldest Anglican church in Brisbane.
There are some fabulous stained glass windows in here, some made by local William Bustard.

The organist today totally delightful.

#inktober #inktober2017 #brisbanecitysketchers

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Brisbane CBD

Wonderful morning sketching this morning, with the Brisbane City Sketchers at Kangaroo Point. The morning started off wet, but the sun soon came out and it was a glorious day.

A4 Holcroft sketchbook watercolour and ink.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

The Brisbane City Sketchers went to the Japanese garden at the Mount Coot-tha gardens today to sketch.  It was a fabulous morning, much fun and laughter.

A5 Holcroft sketchbook lamy pen loaded with carbon ink.

Watercolour added.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

127 Margaret Street Brisbane

I had a lovely morning sketching the HB SALES Building (Acme Engineering Works) on Margaret Street Brisbane. Designed by Frank Longland and it was built in 1912.

This whole area right down to the Botanic gardens was known as Frogs Hollow.  Frogs Hollow was a low-lying area that stretched from Elizabeth St down to the river at the Botanical Gardens and bounded on the other two sides by George St and Edward St.
If you walk along Edward Street down to Smellie and Co there is a cafe there with Christopher Trotters artwork on the wall and a plaque paying tribute to Frogs Hollow.

The area was not only a swampy area, it was also a bad area, with brothels, in fact it became Brisbane's red light district, where prostitution, sly grog and even opium dens were the norm'.

  A4 Holcroft Sketchbook - Lamy pen, and watercolour

Both of these buildings (there are 2 side by side) Acme Engineering and Watson Bros..are heritage listed, thank goodness.
Acme Engineering Works remained in the premises until 1928, after which it was owned by Charles Jeays who operated in plumbers' supplies. After WWII the building was occupied by Gardiner Batteries and then HB Sales from 1958. The last couple of inhabitants appear to be vendors of bicycles and accessories.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Sketchout day

First up was sketching at the beautiful Manly Boat harbour.  Manly Boat Harbour is now the largest boat harbour facility in the Southern Hemisphere, and a fabulous place to go sketch.  So many nooks and crannies to go draw.
Today, however, I decided to sketch the esplanade.  It was way too hot for me to sit in the sun.  Go figure, it is only spring here..

5.5" x 7.5" Sketchbook (double page) Lamy pens (I have 3 - Fine nib  - Medium nib - Calligraphy nib.)

After lunch I piked up a friend and headed to the city to sketch.  Again it was so hot, that we headed to the Three Monkeys cafe, and over a Ginger Crush (drink) we sketched.

Same sketchbook as above.

Brisbanes Oldest Convict Built Building

This structure started life as a mill for grinding wheat into flour. It was built in 1820s by convict labour, and at first it had sails, but there wasn't enough wind, so they took them down and put in a treadmill. (A wheel like a paddle steamer wheel) that the prisoners and to "walk' all day long. In 1861 the mill was converted to a telegraph signal station. A time ball was added to the roof of the tower in the 1860s – the ball dropped each day at 1pm so Brisbane’s residents could set their watches. The time ball operated until 1930.
During the 1890s the fire brigade used the tower for observation. The Queensland Institute of Radio Engineers conducted radio research from the tower in the early 1920s, and Queensland’s first television broadcast was transmitted from the tower in 1934.

 A4 Holcroft Sketchbook lamy Pen and watercolour

Teach me to sit under a tree to sketch. hahahaha

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Castle Rumble

Logan’s best kept secret is Castle Rumble, a medieval-style 'castle' built brick by brick by Brian Rumble, an artist and sculptor (whose past projects include work on Brisbane’s Grammar School, St Andrews Church and Dreamworld). (Extract from Must Do Brisbane - Deb Lidster)
Like the Addams Family house, the castle is creepy and kooky. Set on four hectares, the castle is guarded by gargoyles at the gated entrance. The gardens are landscaped with quirky sculptures and statues while the home itself is a mixture of Tudor meets medieval with a touch of Gothic thrown in. The castle is complete with turret, lead-light windows and a courtyard straight out of the Middle Ages. The latter has been used in the past to host banquets, birthday parties and even weddings. Inside is equally intriguing with dimly-lit rooms covered in cobwebs and a thick layer of dust. 
Visitors can only access the first floor of this four story home; however the turret offers 360 degree views from Mt Coot-tha to Cunningham’s Gap. Behind the castle, there’s a vine-covered two-story dwelling with a workshop of sorts on the ground floor, while upstairs you’ll find a bed chamber, stunning stained glass and intricately carved timber wall and impressive views.
Nice to know – Castle Rumble is currently on the market (at time of visiting in September 2017) for the right buyer. While developers have shown an interest in the land, the family would like the new owner to keep the castle and let Brian’s labour of love live on.
A4 Sketchbook Lamy Pen and Watercolours.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saint Stephens Girls School.

St Stephens School is a heritage-listed former Roman Catholic school.  It was designed by architect John Ibler and built in 1892 by Thomas Rees..  

This three-storeyed school building is built in the Gothic Revival style. The school stands on land which was designated for church use in 1847 and officially granted to the Catholic Church in 1849.
Classes had been conducted in various "second-hand" buildings since 1845, but on 20 March 1892 Archbishop Robert Dunne, a trained teacher, laid the foundation stone for this purpose-built school. 

A tin capsule containing copies of the three Brisbane daily newspapers and The Australasian was lodged under the stone.

11" x 15' Bockingford paper Lamy pen and watercolour.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Roma Street Parkland

The area that is now called Roma Street Parkland has a long and varied history; from a meeting place for local Aboriginal people prior to European settlement, a gazetted park in the 1870s to a railway goods yard the area that is now called Roma Street Parkland has been a focal point for the people and commerce of Brisbane.

The Turrbal people used the area around Roma Street Parkland for a variety of purposes prior to the arrival of the first Europeans, uses which included recreation, hunting and camping. On at least occasion in the 1840s it is recorded that the Roma Street area was used for a major gathering of Aboriginal groups from south-east Queensland and was probably the last of such gatherings in the Brisbane area.

7.5" x 5.5" sketchbook
Lamy pen and watercolours.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

YUNGABA "The Residences"

Yungaba - Was designed by John James Clark and built c. 1885 by William Peter Clark. It is also known as Yungaba Immigration Depot, Immigration Barracks, and No.6 Australian General Hospital.
The first residents were passengers on the migrant ship Duke of Buccleuch who landed on 6 December 1887. It has undergone refurbishment, and is now "The residences" apartments.

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