Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers in South Brisbane

St Mary's Catholic Church South Brisbane, with the Brisbane City Sketchers.
The current church at St Mary’s was blessed and opened on 2nd July 1893. It replaced the first St Mary’s – a small wooden church built on the site of the present car park around 1864. Designed by architects George Simkin and John Ibler and built by Woollam and Norman between from 1892 to 1929
The style of the church, which combines Romanesque and Renaissance revival elements, was not common at the time as most nineteenth century churches were designed in the Gothic revival style.
Sketched in my handmade 8.5" x 7" sketchbook Pen and watercolour.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers in South Brisbane

We sketched Historical Clarence Corner this morning in Stanley Street.   Stanley Street was named after Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, the United Kingdom's Colonial Secretary, 1885-1886.

I sat outside the Clarence Corner Hotel, now known as the Brew House. The Hotel was named after 500-ton steamship Clarence that plied between Brisbane and Sydney at that time. by builder Thomas Hayselden.  The hotel obtained its licence on 8 December 1863
Clarence Corner was Brisbanes first Township, and it was quite a large one. In 1893 a devastating flood forced most of the retailers across river to Queen Street.

The cream building is Maggee Draper Emporium formerly Murray and Magee Coupon Drapers.
The black building is Robert Lenehan’s pharmacy at Clarence Corner in 1915.
Sketched in my handmade 8" x 6.5" 90lb sketchbook. Graphite - Lamy pen - Watercolour.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Controversial Artworks

Today, I sketched with the Brisbane City Sketchers at the Queensland Supreme Courts Precinct.  There were three of us today, braving the sharp cool wind, enjoying the sunshine, and thanking our lucky stars that the Coffee Club had their heaters going.
I started a new sketchbook today, one gifted to me by my friend Liane.  It is 90lb paper maybe a little lighter even, 8.5" x 6"

This three-storied brick department store building was erected in several stages between 1912 and 1963, for the Brisbane firm of McDonnell & East Ltd. McDonnell & East Ltd were established as a firm of importers, cash drapers, tailors, outfitters, dressmakers and milliners. About 1908, Jack McDonnell and Fraser and Harry East, sons of the founders, entered the firm.
The George Street Post Office was located in the McDonnell & East Ltd building from 27 July 1931 until 28 September 1990
In late 2005, the building was bought by De Martini and John Fletcher Properties Group and Rohrig Constructions for $8.38 million. It was redeveloped with retail spaces fronting George Street and Tank Street, and office space throughout the remainder of the building.

 Fiona Foley Witnessing to Silence 2004
The installation consists of a water feature of cast bronze lotus lilies, stainless steel columns embedded with ash in laminated glass, and etched place names in granite pavers. During the planning phases Foley intimated that the work referred to Australian bush fires and floods. Once the work was in place, however, she revealed to The Australian that this piece was actually a memorial to the many massacres of Aboriginal people which had taken place, during the colonial settlement and expansion of Queensland in the early 19th Century. There are names engraved in paver, 94 names, that are the places of the massacres.
A trenchant critic of colonial policies and practices, Foley employs a number of artistic strategies to convey her political themes.
Witnessing to Silence as a public installation acts as a memorial to those massacred in the state of Queensland. Remnants of cultural practice are also suggested through the use of symbols. The element of fire and water belie the common practice of covering up the evidence by getting rid of the bodies.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Brisbane River on a gorgeous winters morning

Awesome morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers..
I sat on a rock wall on the riverside outside the State library Qld to sketch the Brisbane City Library Buildings. I have drawn them before, always a pleasure..
8" x 7.5" handmade sketchbook graphite watercolour and pen (in that order)

Kurilpa means "place for water rats", in the aboriginal language, Kurilpa Point was once inhabited by the Turrbal peoples to whom water rats were a food source.
The Turrbal are an Australian Aboriginal nation, descendants of the original owners and custodians of the region of present-day Brisbane, Queensland. They have lived in Australia for over 60,000 years. The name primarily referred to the dialect they spoke, the tribe itself being alternatively called Mianjin/Meanjin. The Turrbal are regarded as interchangeable with the Jagera

The Turrbal were Jagera people whose traditional lands and hunting grounds, extended over some 1,300 square miles (3,400 km2) and lay around the Brisbane River, stretching from the Cleveland shore area of Moreton Bay, and running inland as far as the Great Dividing Range about Gatton; north to near Esk.

The Turrbal horde itself was located specifically in what is now called the Brisbane CBD, the name for which was Mianjin.

Neighboring Aboriginal nations include the Kabi and Wakka Wakka to the north, the Dalla to the northwest and the Ngugi of Moreton Island. Despite collective title to a stretch of land, the Turrbal like many tribes permitted private ownership of specific sections of land, down to recognizing personal possession of parts of a river or even of trees and shrubs.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sketching the Historic Kangaroo Point Cliffs, from the City Botanic Gardens, with the Brisbane City Sketchers.
It was a lovely morning filled with laughter and fun, and some drama to boot. (A man got stuck on the side of the cliffs across the river from us) I rang the police and he was saved.

These lavas and pyroclastic rocks of the cliffs were deposited in the Triassic Period about 230 million years ago and filled an ancient river valley. These rocks were known as porphyry and later became known as the geological unit called the Brisbane tuff.
Records indicate that it was Captain Patrick Logan who first opened a quarry to supply stone to his building works as early as 1826.  It was the female prisoners who were required to quarry the cliffs.

The Cliffs are heritage listed and  are now a playground for RiverLife..

Monday, June 4, 2018

Regatta Hotel with the Brisbane City Sketchers

What a wonderful morning, eight of us came out to sketch at the historic Regatta Hotel.  So named because of the boat regattas held there in days gone by.

In 1886, the current and second Regatta Hotel, three-storeyed brick building, was erected for Brisbane publican William Winterford. , this is the building you see today.
The Regatta was one of a number of large, masonry, first-class hotels designed by Richard Gailey in the 1880s.
A famous women's liberation protest took place in the public bar in 1965, when two women, Merle Thornton (mother of Australian actress Sigrid Thornton) and Rosalie Bognor, chained themselves to the public bar footrail in protest at Queensland's restriction of public bars to men only. The protest was not successful despite other similar protests; it was years before the laws changed.

Floods were a huge problem being that the hotel sat on the river bank.. The hotel survived several floods.
It was first flooded in 1887, then again in 1893. Lack of wider custom, the financial depression of the early 1890s, and the floods of 1893, nearly ruined Winterford. 1908 - 1974 - 2011 saw more flooding.  It is said the canoes rowed to the second story to get a beer during the 1974 floods..
$10 million was spent on renovations before an official reopening in September 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Iconic Fortitude Valley Police Station

First sketch is of the amazing Police Station. Designed by Raymond Clare Nowland, an architect in the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Fortitude Valley Police Station was constructed during an intensive public works building program undertaken by the Forgan Smith Labor Government in Queensland during the 1930s to counter the effects of the Great Depression.
Second sketch is an archway adjacent to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church. 

Handmade sketchbook 8" x 7.5" lamy pen and watercolour.

Group might have been small, but the fun wasn't.
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