Sunday, October 28, 2012

Brisbane Australia

Looking at the Brisbane City Library from across the rive at Qld Art Gallery.

Naval Building - Edward Street.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

37th Worldwide SketchCrawl Brisbane Australia

SketchCrawl” – is a World Wide event:- People from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching and journaling and then, thanks to the Internet, having everyone share the results on an online forum.

Today, I participated in the 37th WW SketchCrawl in Brisbane Australia, and had a ball..

This is the group at the Coffee Club

Smellie and Co Edward Street 1895 AD
One of Brisbane's oldest buildings is the Smellie & Co building at the bottom of Edward St.  It dates back to the 1860s, when the RR Smellie & Co foundry was established in Alice St. A burgeoning Brisbane ensured that the firm grew, and by 1882, it had become Smellie & Co, a hardware and machinery retailer..

Moreton Bay fig in Brisbane Botanic Gardens
The Moreton Bay Fig is a rainforest tree, and in that habitat it can be a 'strangler fig' - with it's seed setting high in the canopy and it's roots reaching right down to the ground, eventually growing to a stage that strangle it's host and stands alone. It can grow to 50m with wide buttressed roots.

The Chapel, St Stephens Cathedral 1864.
St Stephens Cathedral is the oldest Catholic Church in Queensland.  It was built between 1864 and 1922

Streets Beach South Bank
Australia's only beach in the middle of a city.  Construction commenced in February 1991 and was complete by June 1992

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sketching at the Riverside Centre Brisbane Qld

I have been meeting fellow Sketch Crawler Alissa Duke during her lunch hour at the Riverside Centre for a quick sketch this week..  One more day to go.  It has been fun.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sketching the Brisbane City Library, from the Qld Art Gallery

I had an appointment in the city this morning, and afterwards, I headed off to the Qld Art Gallery to see the Prado Exhibit.  It was amazing, and huge!!  Before I went in, I wandered down the Boardwalk alongside the river and sat and sketched awhile.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Recent sketches

I joined a new group, called Drink and Draw.  They are a great group of people, full of fun, and life, and I had a ball.  So much to learn, so little time.

Tonight, I went out to dinner with my bush walking group.  I was a bit early, so I sat quietly sketching whilst waiting for them to arrive.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Town of Gold Rush DREAMWORLD Qld Australia

I had a lovely day with my family at Dreamworld today, celebrating the birthday of my daughters best friends son.
While they were on a water ride, I got to sketch awhile.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Qld Museum Exhibit MUMMY - SECRETS OF THE TOMB -

I had an appointment to day, so I thought in the city.  Turns out, that I turned up a day early :-0 So, I decided seeing I was in the city anyway, I would go to the Mummy Exhibition.  Am I glad I did!!  It was amazing.  I loved the 3D movie at the start, so very informative, and exciting.  The exhibit itself was fabulous.  I stopped and sketched, and didn't get to see the whole exhibit, so I am gain back!!  I am excited.

Here are today's sketches.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Qld Art Gallery Exhibit; Modern Woman: Daughters and Lovers 1850 — 1918 | Drawings from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

This afternoon, I went along to the Qld Art Gallery to see the above exhibit.  It was amazing.  I spent 4 hours wandering through the exhibit, exaniming the artworks.  One of my all favourite of Degas' work,  Dancer sitting, leaning forward, she massages her left foot) 1881–83  was there, so I sketched it!  Oh joy.

The exhibition is well worth seeing, and I hope it comes to your town.. It celebrates the changing roles of women during the Belle Époque as depicted by leading artists of the time such as Edgar Degas, Pierre—Auguste Renoir, Edouard Vuillard, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Auguste Rodin, Berthe Morisot and Jean François Millet. These artists increasingly abandoned idealised representations of the female figure, and turned to women from a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds, depicting them in their family lives and domestic activities, as well as in the public realm as spectators, performers and workers. Through these fascinating drawings, we see French society undergoing radical transformation.

While I was waiting for my ride to come and pick me up at 5.00pm, I sat in the Qld State Library Cafe and listened to a delightful band playing.

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