Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Sketchout, with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Bunya Pine
Araucaria bidwillii, the bunya pine, is a large evergreen coniferous tree in the plant family Araucariaceae. It is found naturally in south-east Queensland Australia

Boab Tree
Adansonia gregorii, commonly known as the boab, is a tree in the family Malvaceae. As with other baobabs, it is easily recognised by the swollen base of its trunk, which gives the tree a bottle-like appearance.

Strangler Fig
Strangler fig, also called strangler, many species of tropical figs (genus Ficus) named for their pattern of growth upon host trees, which often results in the host’s death. Strangler figs and other strangler species are common in tropical forests throughout the world.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

MINNIPPI PARKLANDS - Graystone Street side - Brisbane City -- 13.12.14

This Lagoon, is one of the rare surviving lagoons from pre-settlement days when low lying areas around the city fringes featured hundreds of them.(Since white man’s arrival most have been filled in).
There is an abundance of bird-life at these parklands, which bring out the birdwatchers and wildlife photographers. There are also deer here, but I've never seen them myself.

I started off painting this scene.  I was enjoying it too, but the wind flipped my easel twice, so I gave up and wiped it off.
I am considering changing my studio name from Belvin Art, to Grass in my Paint. :-)

Oil on Board
8" x 16"
So, I decided to paint a tree instead, with the easel firmly tied to a post in the picnic shelter

Oil on Board
8" x 16"

14" x 6"
Oil on Board

14" x 6"
                                                                              Oil on Board




Monday, December 8, 2014

Sketching with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

The Gardens include Brisbane's most mature gardens, with many rare and unusual botanic species. In particular the Gardens feature a special collection of cycads, palms, figs and bamboo. The Queensland Heritage Register describes the Gardens as "the most significant, non-Aboriginal cultural landscape in Queensland, having a continuous horticultural history since 1828, without any significant loss of land area or change in use over that time. It remains the premier public park and recreational facility for the capital of Queensland, which role it has performed since the early 1840s.

Fiscus

Waterfall

Tree fern

Naval Offices in Edward Street



The 1901 former Naval Offices, Brisbane, is important surviving evidence of the existence of the Queensland Marine Defence Force (QMDF, established 1885) and the later policy of basing Australian naval vessels in Queensland. Although the QMDF ceased to exist soon after the building was finished, it was used by the Australian Commonwealth Navy (ACN) and then the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) until the 1970s. The architectural style of the building is mainly Baroque, with an ornate entrance pediment which incorporates the Naval Defence Coat of Arms. This is a largely intact example of a Federation period building. The original wrought iron entry gates still hang in the arched entrance way. The building is predominantly constructed from red brick which is essentially plain on the lower level and stuccoed on the upper level."







Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sketching with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers in Cathedral Square - Anne Street

It was 32 degrees Celsius in the city today, but the Brisbane Urban Sketchers braved the heat and went sketching.  Seven of us descended on St John's Cathedral and Cathedral Square.

First sketch was of a. Sculpture El Emigrante by World Lebanese Cultural Union (2010)
The inscription reads..... "Le Imigrante - a statue, erected in memory of the Lebanese settlers, who 140 years ago established a presence in Australia."




I was sketching this amazing tree, from Cathedral Square, when around 500 people people descended on the park, milling around and standing between me and the tree. It turned out there was a fire drill and that was their meeting point. So I gave up.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Plein Air Painting at Lota Creek - Brisbane

We must be crazy, the Brisbane Plein Air Painters Group, we ventured out on one of the hottest days this month to paint..It was full tide when I got there, and the boats were sitting prettily in the water.  The tide left faster than I could paint though :)

Oil on board 15" x 12"

Oil on board 20" x 08"

It was a fun day, and Lota Creek is a fun place to paint.  Very safe.  We shall be going back again..


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Having some fun....

Drew the sketch one week, and the next week I painted a picture solely from the sketch.





New Farm Park covers 15 hectares (37 acres) and is situated at the south-eastern end of the New Farm peninsula on a bend in the Brisbane River The Powerhouse arts centre is located at the eastern end of the park.

The area was dotted by lagoons and waterholes which the Aboriginals named Binkin-ba, meaning "place of the land tortoise" The land that the park now stands on was originally a farm, built to supply food for the recently founded convict settlement on the Brisbane River. A racecourse was built on the site in 1846, which operated until 1913, when the land for the park was acquired by the Brisbane City Council

The Bandstand was built in 1915, to a design by AH Foster.. It was built in conjunction with a kiosk which has since been destroyed by fire. The bandstand was built in July of that year, with the kiosk being built in September. Both were of the Federation Queen Anne style. It was part of the formal park work began by the BCC in 1914. Other facilities included a croquet lawn, picnic areas, cricket wickets, tennis courts and football grounds.

Sketching at St Martins War Memorial Hospital - Anne Street - Brisbane





Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sketching New Farm Park with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers Tuesday 4th 2014








The land that the park now stands on was originally a farm, built to supply food for the recently founded convict settlement on the Brisbane River. A racecourse was built on the site in 1846, which operated until 1913, when the land for the park was acquired by the Brisbane City Council. Area 15 hectares (37 acres)

The area was dotted by lagoons and waterholes which the Aboriginals named Binkin-ba, meaning "place of the land tortoise"

Because of World War I the official opening of the park, which was conducted by Hamilton Goold-Adams, was delayed until July 1919 - The rotunda was built in 1915. It was part of the formal park. Work began by the Brisbane City Council in 1914. Other facilities included a croquet lawn, picnic areas, cricket wickets, tennis courts and football grounds.

The park is now a beautiful area, with jacaranda trees, Poinciana Trees, Cassia Trees. Magnificent rose gardens too.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

45th Worldwide Sketchrawl - Indooroopilly, and Walter Taylor Bridge.

We met up with Brisbane Greeters Tina and Susan, who were taking us on our tour of Walter Taylor Bridge.


Sketching whilst walking over the Jack Pesch Bridge 
The bridge is named in honour of Jack Pesch, a cycling champion during the 1930s. He subsequently ran a bicycle shop in Petrie Terrace Brisbane until the mid-1990s, selling and servicing his own 'Rocket' cycles and cycle parts.  The bridge crosses the Indooroopilly Reach of the River, linking Chelmer and Indooroopilly. It is immediately adjacent to the Albert and Walter Taylor Bridges. It was opened on 2 October 1998 by the Queensland Minister for Transport.


The Walter Taylor Bridge
The Walter Taylor Bridge is a heritage-listed suspension bridge crossing the Brisbane River between Indooroopilly and Chelmer in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is shared by motor traffic and pedestrians and is the only habitable bridge in the Southern Hemisphere..
The bridge was conceived, designed, built and funded by local visionary Walter Taylor,   Construction started in 1930, and it opened 14 February 1936.  Walter Taylor (1872 - 1955) was an Australian visionary and builder of many Brisbane landmarks.





Roma Street is a heritage-listed major railway station in the CBD of Brisbane, Australia. It was Brisbane's first railway station, opening in 1875




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