Saturday, October 24, 2015

49th Worldwide Sketchcrawl - Sketching in the City

It was a lovely day in the city, started off sunny and overcast by 11.330pm.  We spent one hour at each stop, and got some great sketches done.  All my sketches were done in my Moleskine  8.5" x 5" sketchbook. I have a dedicated Sketchcrawl sketchbook, and todays outing saw me finish it.  I am excited about this, because the 5oth sketchcrawl will be done in a brand new book.

First stop was Grand Central Station.  The sketch on the left was done with De Atramentis inks and is my Day 24 InkTober entry.  Sketch on  the left is lamy safari pen and watercolours.

Stop two was at ANZAC Square.  
Lamy safari pen and noodlers black ink

Stop three, Post Office Square.
Lamy safari pen and noodlers black ink
It started to spit rain just as I was finishing this sketch. I used it to may advantages and blended my ink from my pen into the sketch.

The very first Grand Central Station was built in 1889. It was a timber and tin building only ever designed to be a temporary stop-gap.  The current Central Station Building was originally built in 1899  In the years since then, the station has seen many changes, and there is not much left of the beautiful station that was. 

ANZAC Square is a war memorial, dedicated to Australia’s military heritage. The Shrine of Remembrance, with its Eternal Flame, forms the focal point for the radially patterned pathways, pools, lawns and Bribie Island Pine and Bottle trees.  It was  opened on Armistice Day (now Remembrance Day) 1930.  It was borne out of the grieving of a society that gave and lost so much in the First World War of 1914-1918. 

Post Office Square was opened in 1985 for the public to enjoy a little bit of nature in the middle of a bustling city. 
The original General Post Office Brisbane built of stone and brick was two small rooms which had been portion of the quarters built in 1829-30 and previously occupied by the Superintendent of Convicts.   When the old prison and one time police quarters demolished, colonial architect FDG Stanley came up with the Italianate design for the GPO and twin Telegraph Office. Although the GPO was completed in 1872, the central tower (a scaled down version of a more grandiose proposed clock tower) and Telegraph Office weren’t built until 1877-79. 

It still operates as a post Office to the day.

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