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

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