Monday, December 28, 2015

The Plough Inn - South Bank Brisbane

Today was the last sketchout for the Brisbane USkers for 2015.  It was a super morning, and we also met up with Melbourne USker Alissa Duke and her mum for coffee.

I picked a hard angle today, but went with it, as nothing ventured nothing gained :-)

A4 Holcroft 225gsm sketchbook.
Lamy pen and black Noodlers ink.

The Plough Inn is one of Brisbanes oldest pubs. It is heritage listed and  was designed by Alexander Brown Wilson and built in 1885 by contractor Abraham James.  The hotel was constructed for  publican Daniel Costigan. It replaced a previous, less substantial structure on the site, which had functioned as the Plough Inn since 1864.  The hotel, prominently located in central Stanley Street, serviced the commercial heart of South Brisbane. Its proximity to the South Brisbane wharves ensured its popularity amongst those engaged in shipping interests.

Plough Inn is significant historically as a rare surviving remnant of the commercial and shipping heart of South Brisbane in the late 19th century.  There is also said to be two ghosts there.  One story involves a young girl trapped in the cellar during the great floods of 1893; the other the murdered wife of a 1920s publican, who wanders the hallways and the balcony where she met her end.

If you are down at South Bank do go and have a look, have a beer/coffee/meal, and check out the upper levels, they are fabulous!
The hotel doesn't open until 11.00am because it has no pokie license.  yay!  Just old fashioned pub charm!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

School of Arts - Brisbane

Brisbane School of Arts is a heritage-listed school of arts at 166 Ann Street, Brisbane City, Australia. It was built from 1865 to 1985. It is also known Brisbane Servants Home, which was built in 1866 to house and train "young women of good character to work as servants." A former patron of this home was Lady Diamantina Bowen, wife of Queensland's first Governor. 
The home had closed in 1870, and it was purchased by the School of Arts in 1873 for £1,000. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.

 Holcroft A4 225gsm sketchbook
2B mechanical graphite pencil
Lamy pen
Noodlers black ink

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Anne Street Presbyterian Church.

 Standing on land purchased at auction in 1854 from the government of what was then New South Wales, the Ann Street Presbyterian Church has some claim to be considered the oldest surviving church building in continuous use in Queensland. Only the Mary McKillop Chapel in the grounds of St Stephen's Cathedral is known to be older.

Holcroft A4 225 gsm sketchbook - Lamy  and Jinhao fountain pens. Noodlers inks and Sequola Green and Black

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pencil sketching......

The Brisbane USkers met at King George Square for Tuesday mornings sketchout.  I chose to sketch inside the Albert Street Uniting church.

Holcroft A4 sketchbook and 2b mechanical pencil

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sketching in King George Square a a rainy Saturday

King George Square Christmas Tree (totally solar powered)
Holcroft A4 225 gsm Sketchbook. lamy pen and watercolours

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sketching at the Collectors Cafe - Museum and Sciencentre Brisbane........

......with the Brisbane USkers.
Fun morning, and I got to draw the Tower of Power for the 8th time.  :-)

I was standing on the top level of the Collectors cafe.  They have an outdoor setting up there.

These two sketches were done down on the river after lunch.  Four of us were sitting on the sidewalk behind the Qld State library.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Party Sketch and Lunch

The Brisbane Urban Sketchers had their Christmas lunch and Sketch today. We met at Parliament House, adjacent to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.  It was a super day, twenty sketchers sketching/lunching/gift giving..

Parliament House (part thereof) Brisbane Qld Australia
Holcroft A4 225gsm sketchpad
Bamboo dip pen and w&n black ink

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sitting in a bus stop - Sketching.......

A freind had a procedure today at the PA Hospital, and I went along for moral support.  For three hours though, I had to go find something to do.  Well that is easy. sketching eh.

I sat in a bus stop on Ipswich Road, because it was raining lightly.  I sketched this adorable house across the road.  230 Ipswich Road.

I used my small A5 travel sketchbook.  My travel palette and a Staedtler .03 black pen

This sketch was a challenge, there were buses pulling up every 10 minutes, and the traffic on Ipswich Road is horrendous.  It was fun though, and I whiled away 2 hours.
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