Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fortitude Valley Wesleyan Methodist Church

Constructed in 1871. is occupied by a chair maker at present, but they are moving out this week and the building is up for sale. It is of Gothic design.
Architect George Simkin designed this building, and it was constructed by Blair Cunningham for about £5,000.
This Fortitude Valley Wesleyan Church was the leading church of its denomination until the Albert St Wesleyan Church was completed in 1889. In 1898 the various brands of Methodism combined, and this church became known as the Fortitude Valley Methodist Church. In 1977 there was a further religious rationalisation with the formation of the Uniting Church, the combination of Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists. As a result of that union, this church was no longer needed, and the building was decommissioned in February 1977.




Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wolston House

This is an amazing National Trust property was saved in 1965 It is a Heritage listed property.
The house was built in and is the oldest surviving residential farmhouse in the district of Wacol
Wolston Farmhouse was constructed in 1852 on 640 acres Dr Stephen Simpson established a horse and cattle station there, naming it after his Warwickshire birthplace. Stephen Simpson was a learned man—a doctor, Justice of the Peace, Police Magistrate and later member of the first Legislative Council of Queensland. Little wonder he was appointed Crown Commissioner of Lands following the closure of the Moreton Bay penal colony in the 1840s.

Pen and watercolour



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A walk in the rain..

What  a crazy day it was.  I was going sketching at the Old Museum at Bowen Hills.  I caught the train to Fortitude valley.  All good. Got off train, turn on GPS on my phone and set off for a 8 minute walk. Simple huh.  Noooooooooo.  Not simple, I did not realise my GPS was still set to drive and not walk, so my GPS thought I was a car and took me on a long, long walk.  2 hours in total pretty much. 😂

Consequently,  instead of arriving to meet the other Brisbane City Sketchers  at 0900. I arrived about 1045. 
I was bedraggled and damp.  It was windy,  raining as well.  It was quite an adventure, and we all had a good laugh about it ..

I bought a coffee first up eh, then settled in to sketch the Coffee Kiosk.







Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sketching the Manly Boat Harbour Brisbane Qld

Wynnum Manly has managed to maintain its rich history as one of the oldest areas of Brisbane. The Bayside suburbs offer an abundance of heritage buildings, places and landmarks that tell a story from indigenous occupation to European settlement, the threat of invasion and the development of a seaside community.
The jewel in the crown of Wynnum-Manly is the Manly Boat Harbour. This impressive harbour is the largest small-craft harbour in Queensland and is a safe haven for hundreds of crafts. It was established in 1958 and in 1964 the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron moved its clubhouse to the harbour. The stone breakwaters at the harbour entrance provide protection and a handy place to fish.
This is a favourite place4 of mine to visit and sketch and paint, as it is only a 15 minute drive from my house.

Manly Boat harbour
Saunders Waterford watercolour paper 11" x 15"
Graphite and watercolour
 


 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

FERNBERG - Government House Brisbane Queensland

The Brisbane City Sketchers had a wonderful afternoon at Fernberg, at the Governors Open House. This is a magnificent Historical building built in 1865. The name Fernberg is German for distant mountain. Fernberg is a working vice-regal residence - a unique combination of private residence, busy office, public symbol of the State’s prestige, guardian of important traditions, and proud protector of the State’s history and heritage. The property has changed hands multiple times during its lifetime, but has been the official residence and workplace of Queensland Governors for more than a century.
It is presently occupied by the present Governor of Queensland His Excellency the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC (Companion of the Order of Australia)

A4 sketchbook - mechanical Pencil - Watercolour

 
His Excellency the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC came and chatted to us while we sketched.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Woolloongabba Village

Beautiful autumn morning sketching with the  Brisbane City Sketchers in the historical "Gabba" Village.  
Woolloongabba,  "Wulonkoppa" and  comes from an Aboriginal word, and there   are different interpretations as to its meaning - either whirling waters or fighting place. Home to the Brisbane Cricket Ground since 1896.  The area is an ancient waterway, and there are underground springs there.  The village is full of wonderful historical buildings, cafes and bars.  




The Moreton Rubber Building was built in 1890, and house the shops.  The owners of the shops lives upstairs in the second story, where they had verandas and french doors opening out onto them.  A beautiful sight, and magnificent building.  Sadly the verandahs have gone, the french doors boarded up and turned into fixed windows.  makes part of the facade of the building where they once were look terribly sad.



This heritage listed building is now a bar/bistro.  The interior is amazing, loving restored and when you walk in the doors you are taken back to a bygone era.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

The University of Queensland

Friends and I sketched in Wordsmith cafe and in the Great Court today. It was a beautiful autumn morning.

 The Co-op


Richards Building, named after Henry Caselli (H.C.) Richards (1884-1947), first Professor of Geology at UQ, and a dynamic teacher, administrator and academic.


 Great Court is a heritage-listed university colonnade at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Jack Hennessy, junior and built from 1937 to 1979.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at the Medley Cafe Kangaroo Point

"The Boat Club (Kangaroo Point Cliffs)
6"x9" sketchbook - mechanical pencil and watercolour.
 
 

Sketching in style. :)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

South Brisbane

The Brisbane City Sketchers  went to South Brisbane today.  The Fish Lane Festival was on and there were all kinds of food and live music.

6" x 9" Sketchbook

 Queensland Musseum



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boggo Road Gaol

Sketching the Heritage Listed Boggo Road Gaol with the BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS
Boggo Road Gaol was a notorious Australian prison and is located on Annerley Road in Dutton Park.
In 1863, land off Boggo Road was surveyed and set aside as a government reserve before being proclaimed a gaol reserve in 1880.
Boggo Road Gaol opened in 1883 as the Brisbane Gaol. It was used mainly as a holding prison for those serving short sentences or on remand. Its initial infamy came from it being a place of execution. In 1903, a new purpose-built separate women's gaol was created.
Today, the prison is open for the public to visit through guided historical tours run by Boggo Road Gaol Pty.



                                                   A4 Sketchbook and unipin pen


Kangaroo Point Cliffs Cafe

The Brisbane City Sketcher went to the kangaroo Point Cliffs for a sketchout.  The Cliffs Cafe offers amazing views across the river..

6" x 9" sketchbook - pen - watercolours



ST JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH

St James Catholic Church to sketch. Beautiful Church, a place to revisit. The church was built around 1913






ANZAC DAY with the Brisbane City Sketchers

Sketching at ANZAC SQUARE Brisbane - ANZAC means Australia and New Zealand Army Corp


 6"×9" sketchbook and unipin pen 0.05 watercolours 



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers in Bardon!


The Barden Water Tower was built in 1927 to supply Paddington with water. It was designed and built by the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board on Archibald's Hill, some 100 metres above sea level. The tower itself is over 21 metres high, holding 100,000 gallons of water. The water came in from Enoggera Dam and was pumped into the tower by an electric pump driven by the power grid that supplied electricity to Brisbane's trams. This was one of several water towers constructed around this time in such suburbs as Albion, Enoggera and Tarragindi. The Paddington tower is somewhat different in that it has been built on concrete columns, and it may be the only one of its type in Queensland.
The Bardon Water Tower was placed on Listed on the Heritage Register in 2000

Art Spectrum 6" x 9" sketch pad and pen



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