Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quick Sketch at Roma Street Parklands, with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers..

 It was a lovely day at the parklands today.  The weather is gorgeous for strolling around, and that is what my friend Su and I did.  We wandered around pretty much the entire park, looking for inspiration.  I love autumn, low sun lazy shadows, and cool enough to really enjoy the stroll.
we settled on the Lake Precinct, and I did a quick sketch of a structure the designer and my friend calls "The Flying Duck.
Pen and watercolour on DrawMaster watercolour paper 9"x12" sketch pad 140lb/300gsm cp

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Thank you for looking.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

More sketches for May

The Story Bridge is rare, as it is the largest steel bridge designed, fabricated and constructed in Australia by Australians. It is a cantilever bridge built between 1935 and 1940, and is significant as a major example of Queensland Labour Government involvement in employment-generating schemes during the 1930s depression..

I was using my fountain pen here, and I thought the ink was well and truly dry when I erased my pencil lines on the right. I was wrong.
Kangaroo Cliffs in the background, they are a significant landmark for Brisbane too.

One of the cafes on Eagle Street Pier. I love the bright umbrellas. Have sketched them quickly a couple of times, but this time I sat awhile longer. You can see the Story Bridge in the back.. That drew me into sketching this scene as well, a drawing within a drawing.
This one was sketched at Captain Burke Park, under the Story Bridge.  I tried something different for me, putting three subjects (Customs House, Story Bridge, and a modern high rise building)that were not close together, together.  A sort of collage. 
Customs houses were built in all major Australian ports in the nineteenth century. Customs and excise duties were an important source of revenue, levied on goods from overseas and in some cases from other colonies.
 The original Custom House was built in 1849 at a bend in the Brisbane River known as Petrie's Bight. It was demolished in 1886 at the commencement of construction of the new Custom House, which was completed in 1889. This building was used for Customs operations in Brisbane for the next 100 years. Originally referred to as 'Custom House', it has been referred to as 'Customs House' since Federation in 1901.  It is now owned by the University of Queensland

The Peoples Palace, a heritage listed building, was once a temperance hotel owned by the Salvation Army.  It is now a Backpackers Hostel.  It is situated on Edward Street, and this view was from King Edward Park entrance.
It was built in 1910–1911 to provide affordable accommodation for working class travelling people.
Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Tuesday was Brisbane Urban Sketchers Sketchout Day.  We met at Captain Burke Park - Kangaroo Point Brisbane Qld.
The views of the Story Bridge are amazing, as are the views to the buildings across the river, including the iconic  Customs House.
Also way up on the hill over the river is Brisbanes oldest school All hallows Girls Catholic School. It was this building I decided to sketch.

It was so great there, we are going back next Tuesday as well.  Come join us. Brisbane Urban Sketchers.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sketching with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers

I am sketching two days a week with the Brisbane Urban sketchers now, and I have a painting group I go to on Mondays.  Plein air painting last weekend of the month, and in between this I do a little Brisbane Greeting. I seem to have filled all my days up, and left myself little time to update my blog.  So, here goes..  Just click on the images if you want to see them larger.

I sketched this from the seating area of the beginning of the Kuripla Bridge.  Mangroves and old wharf mooring posts.

Fig tree outside the gallery of Modern Art
Portion of the Kuripla Bridge, which crosses the river from the G.O.M.A. over to the city
 Saturdays visit to the Brisbane Museum

The last one was done in the Queensland Gallery Sculpture Garden.
Thank you for looking.

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