Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The FOX Hotel

A very fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers in South Brisbane.  The Fox Hotel is a gem!

The four storied Fox Hotel was originally constructed in the late 1800s. It started life as The Terminus, because it marked the end of the Tram route.. The Fox has had 6 name changes in its lifetime!  The inside has  a lot of the original features, including a Grand Staircase! I love going there, specially for dinner.

The Fox Hotel
Sketched in my 8"x7" handmade sketchbook. Pen and watercolour

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sketching on the River

It was beautiful this morning on the river, Southside.  We are having a heart-wave, but I swear it was 5 deg cooler on the river than at my home!
I took my postcard book with me today, and my handmade sketchbook.

This drawing was done in my handmade sketchbook.  I was drawn to the scene by the smoke stack and the pelican sunning himself getting dry.  It is incredibly hot for our wildlife too!

post card Sketch of eat Street, North Shore

Hamilton is an Elite area, lots of houses all vying for position on Hamilton Hill.  I would hate the crowding up there myself.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

BAFS Dispensary

It was a super fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers, sunshine and great company today!  
I chose to sketch the BAFS Building,  a heritage-listed former pharmacy at 331 & 333 George Street. It was designed by Lange Leopold Powell and built from 1915 to 1916 by B Cunningham.  I love this building, 
I would like to go back and draw it again. Maybe bigger paper.

Drawn in my handmade sketchbook 8"×6" pen and watercolour

Monday, October 22, 2018

Jacaranda time - Exam time in Brisbanetown

What a wonderful morning, sketching at the University of Queensland.  

In 1927, the land on which the St Lucia campus is built was resumed by the Brisbane City Council using money donated by James O'Neil Mayne and his sister Mary Emelia Mayne to replace the less spacious city campus. The city campus is now home to the Gardens Point campus of the Queensland University of Technology. Construction of the new university at St Lucia began in 1937, and at its centre is the heritage-listed Great Court – a 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres) open area surrounded by Helidon sandstone buildings with grotesques of great academics and historic scenes, floral and faunal motifs and crests of universities and colleges from around the world.

The University of Queensland is proud of their of their fauna.  They have over 6000 trees on campus, and early this month hundreds of volunteers turned out to turn sod, planting more than 5000 trees on the banks of the Brisbane River, with plans top plant another 5000 in coming months.
The jacarandas are all out in full bloom.  We chose one of the smaller lakes to sit and sketch by, and I chose jacaranda lane.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dockside Kangaroo Point Brisbane

What a delightful morning I had.  A friend and I met at the Medley Cafe to sketch.  I love this area, so much to draw, so little time..  I was quite prolific today, having finished four small drawings.

Let me tell you a little history of this area, it is one of the oldest suburbs in Brisbane, and was occupied by the Turrbal people first.  In  1844, the first house in the Kangaroo Point was built by Surveyor James Warner.  The Church of England opened the first school in Kangaroo Point in 1861.   In 1901, the main storage facility of Queensland Navy was located in the Kangaroo Point.  In 1903, the building of the first ship-based radio transmission in Australia happened.  

The Story Bridge is a Cantilever bridge built in 1940. It was commissioned to help workers during the depression. It is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.

Jacaranda in the grounds of Yungaba House
Yungaba House started out as an immigration house in 1887 It was subsequently used as a temporary refuge for destitute soldiers, an accommodation centre for workers on the Story Bridge and later as a hospital in WWII. It is on the Heritage register, and the interior has been converted into apartments.

Looking across river from the Medley cafe is one of my favourite buildings.
This building was a boat club in the 1930's/40s During the war years, the Americans used to hide their submarines under the water here. There was a slipway, and they were close to the Dry Dock where the subs went for maintenance.

This is a beautiful walk from the Medley Cafe to the Dockside Ferry Wharf, when the jacarandas are in full bloom. This is a delightful path with naval sculptures to remind us of this areas former life.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Botanic Garden Sketching

Such a lovely Tuesday morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers.  I really love this bunch of people, they are good hearted people and so much fun.

The  Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha is a huge rambling place, loads of water features, and wildlife.  It is 56-hectare, subtropical  gardens featuring native & exotic plants.
The gardens, which were originally called the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and  were established by the Brisbane City Council in 1970, and officially opened in 1976

The gardens feature more than 200,000 plants representing approximately 5000 species from around the world. Plants are displayed in subtly changing thematic and geographic communities.
In 1985, work commenced on the 27 hectare Australian Plant Communities collection. This area, starting with the magnificent Bunya Forest, offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to view Australian native plants.
The newest edition to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha opened in May 2015. Delivered as part of the Legacy Way tunnel project, this four hectare area includes a conservation walk, kitchen garden, new lagoon and children's playground.

 This Tropical Display Dome is a large lattice structure (geodesic) displaying plants from the tropics.

The dome provides a climate close to the natural growing conditions for  range of shrubs, climbers, epiphytes and small trees that wouldn't normally grow in Brisbane.

There  are several lagoons in the gardens, teeming with wildlife and water birds.  This one had a class of school children and their teacher doing nature lessons.  It was delightful to sit there drawing and listening to the lesson.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Life is a Beach!!

I had an amazing morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers at a hidden beach.  Colmslie Beach Reserve is a beautiful little spot that is tucked away.  I love going there to sketch and paint, it is peaceful, and so much to see, from an artists point of view.


Looking at the Gateway Bridge and the Former Co-operative Sugar Mill, on the left, which commenced operation in Commenced in 1872 Wilmar Gavilon converted the former mills to a Bulk Storage Wharf. I am pretty sure it is now a River Gravel Depot. The Royal Queensland Golf Club is across the river.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

State Law Building

I had a lovely morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers, sketching in King George Square.  I chose the Law building this morning, because I really loved the shapes between the Town Hall and the Law Building.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Roma Street Parklands

What a wonderful morning, sketching at the Roma Street Parklands with the Brisbane City Sketchers..

In 1825 the Roma Street Parkland area was part of the original Brisbane settlement. In 1875 a terminal station in Roma Street was constructed as part of the main western railway to Brisbane linking Ipswich and Toowoomba.  Local Indigenous people used the area for thousands of years conducting meetings and ceremonies. Construction began of the current Parkland in 2000 and the parkland opened to the public in 2001.

I sat in Fern Gully to sketch this mother duck and her seven babies.  I did the same last year too, this is her favourite place to rear them.

Sketching in Red Hill

In past lives, this 140-year-old building on Windsor Road was once a General Store, then an antique lighting store before its more recent transformation into the eatery. Today, the matte black painted building has taken on a new persona as The Little Red Providore.

Handmade sketchbook 8" x 7" Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New Farm Park Ferry Terminal

The new Farm park Ferry Terminal is under construction, being one of the last terminals along the river to be rebuilt into flood proof structure.

 Brisbane City Sketchers

Monday, September 3, 2018

LDS Temple Brisbane

The Brisbane Australia Temple is the 115th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Brisbane temple is the fifth temple in Australia.
A groundbreaking ceremony and site dedication for the temple were held on May 26, 2001. Construction began in November of 2001, and it took eighteen months and eleven million dollars to complete its construction. Despite the high price, the temple was built without any debt and was completely funded by members of the Mormon Church.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

North Shore Hamilton

North Shore Harbour Brisbane;
This area was formerly home to Brisbane’s working wharves, which were established in 1923 Hamilton was developed extremely early in European settlement when Brisbane was still a penal colony, the women's prison was moved to Hamilton in 1833. Hamilton Road (now the airport thoroughfare, Kingsford Smith Drive) was originally built by convict labour as an access road to the prison.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sketching in Adelaide Street

A wonderful morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers.  Loads of laughter and fun.  I chose to sketch Brisbane Arcade, and one of the five gorgeous light posts, that have bronze sculptures in them by Fred Whitehouse.
The Brisbane Arcade was build on scandal, death, and robbery.  You can read about it here.

Built in 1923 on the site of notorious confessed murderer Patrick Mayne’s butcher shop, the Brisbane Arcade is a splendid Edwardian baroque alley of gallery shops. Patrick’s son Dr James Mayne employed the son of 19th century architectural guru Richard Gailey, Richard Gailey Jnr to design it as a legacy to the people of Brisbane – a gesture that many believe was an atonement to the alleged sins of his father.

 Sculpted by Fred Whitehouse 1996 the are five light posts with the following sculptures. 
Possum - Flying Fox - Snake - Goanna - Birds.
Handmade sketchbook 7.5" x 6" lamy pen

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Public Holiday Sketching

What a wonderful morning, sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers at Gardens Point.  We sketched the magnificent Mansions, or part thereof.  Such a beautiful building, but very intimidating.  I started with graphite, then inked it then watercolour.

 I sketched this in my handmade 8" x 7.5 sketchbook on 90lb paper.

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