Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sketching for Japan. (Sketchcrawls 31st world wide Sketch Crawl Southbank Brisbane Australia) 16/04/2011

Today was/is Sketchcrawls 31st Worldwide Sketchcrawl.  A friend and I went to Southbank, Brisbane, Australia.  Southbank was under water in January, from the Brisbane floods.  Pretty much everything was damaged, all of the heritage buildings are gone forever, except one.  The Ship Inn.  I did try to sketch it, but I am still architecturally challenged.  I will keep practicing.  I did these sketches though, and really enjoyed doing them.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sketching at Cannon Hill Train Station 10th April 2011

Cannon Hill was named after the Weedon family home 'Cannon Hill House'. Built in 1867, the house, which had extensive grounds and a maze, burnt down in 1927. Cannon Hill was still mainly bush, with a few settlers growing crops or bananas until the 1880s. In 1881, the Queensport Freezing and Food Export Company produced the first frozen meat. This began Cannon Hill's change from rural and residential to an area focussed on grazing and the meat industry. Officially, most of the meat working was in the suburbs of Morningside or Murarrie, but Cannon Hill supported and is identified with the meat industry.  In 1889, the train line came to Cannon Hill, but the area was still mainly bush for another twenty years. One waved a red flag to tell the driver to stop.  
Gradually semi-rural Cannon Hill came to be seen as the meatworkers' area. More workers came with the new meatworks.  In 1931 the saleyards opened and many stockmen and their families moved into the area. 
During the Depression itinerant workers lived in a settlement on the corner of Creek and Richmond roads, with huts made out of flattened kerosene tins.
An American Army camp was located at the corner of Lang and Richmond roads during the Second World War. Most of the development of Cannon Hill took place in the 1940s and later, and even into the 1950s cattle were driven along the main roads to their fate. It is now a popular suburb to live, and is still growing.

Sketching people at Carina Leagues Club

I went to the club to watch my grandson play last night.  They had a great game, and I sketched!

My daughter and her partner

My daughters best friend

My daughters best friend and her husband

Friday, April 1, 2011

Galeria Cafe, Westfield Carindale

I had some business to do at Westfield Carindale, so I called into my favourite cafe for my favourite long black. I couldn't resist practising my sketching while I was sitting there :-)

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