Thursday, February 15, 2018

Roma Street Parkland

Sketching with my friend on a very hot summers day in the Spectacle Garden at Roma Street parkland. The Spectacle Garden at Colin Campbell Place displays a vivid array of colour all year and includes a collection of flowers, herbs, water features and art works.Colin Campbell Place is in horticulturalist.

History of Roma Street Parkland
Pre-1825 – Local indigenous community used the area for meetings and ceremonies
1825 – Roma Street Parkland area was part of the original Brisbane settlement
1875 – Adjacent train station built as part of the main western railway to Brisbane linking Ipswich to Toowoomba
1911 to 1934 – Extensive redevelopment in the area, to support the increase in services
1920 – Massive excavation removed 554,300 cubic metres of earth, permanently altering the steep terrain creating the current day artificial escarpment and the boundary of the former Albert Park
World War II – Roma Street train station used for transporting war materials and military personnel up north
2000 – Construction of the current Roma Street Parkland
2001 – Updated Roma Street Parkland opened to the public
Both sketches done in my A4 Holcroft Sketchbook Pen and Watercolour.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fabulous morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers at Mater Hill.  We sketched the old Private Hospital.  Aubigny Place was the original Mater Private Hospital building, on what is now known as Mater Hill, opening in 1910  The building was designed by Hall and Dods who also designed the Lady Lamington Nurses Home at Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital (RBWH)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers at New farm Park

It is February and I have finally done my first sketch for 2018. (I have been under the weather a bit, but now I am back)

The Brisbane City Sketchers had their first Thursday Sketchout, and we went to New Farm Park. . New farm park was created in 1914, and currently covers 15.0076 hectares of land. Some 600 trees were planted including  jacaranda trees that line the circular  road around the park.

A4 Holcroft Sketchbook and pen 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers in Manly

Sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers on Manly Parade in Brisbane.  Manly is a very old settlement , once the playground of the very wealthy.

European settlement of the Manly area first took place around 1860. In 1882 land was sold by auction for the Manly Beach Estate, apparently named after Manly, New South Wales beach in Sydney. By the early 1900s the area had become a popular seaside location. Very large holiday homes were built, and people flocked for healthy holidays by the sea.

Today is is still an expensive place to live, but not as popular anymore.  When cars arrived on the scene, all the holiday makes fled to the northside of Brisbane to Sandgate.

Celtic Corner is an Irish eating house.  Gorgeous old building with no history, apparently.

Both sketches done in my A4 Holcroft sketchbook - Lamy pen - Watercolour

This is my friend John 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lovely morning sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers in the City.  we sat under the awning if the District magistrates Court and sketched the Explorer Inn in Turbot Street.  This art deco building is on the Heritage register and was built in 1916, that is all I can find out so far. 

A4 Holcroft Sketchbook lamy pen and watercolour.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers in the Gabba

The Princess Theatre is a heritage-listed theatre in Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by architect John Beauchamp Nicholson and built in 1888. It is also known as South Brisbane Public Hall and Boggo Road Theatre.  It is now a LifeCity Church, with a barber Shoppe on one side of the main entrance and the Halo Cafe on the other side.
There were five Brisbane City Sketchers out today enjoying the gorgeous weather and good company.

First sketch with my lamy pen

Such a beautiful building

The Barber Shoppe

Sketched from across the road.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers in New Farm Park

New Farm park is a Heritage Listed Park in Brisbane. The park covers 15 hectares (37 acres) and is at the southeastern end of the New Farm peninsula on a bend in the Brisbane River.
The area was dotted by lagoons and waterholes, which the Aboriginals named Binkin-ba, meaning "place of the land tortoise".
The land on which the park now stands was initially a farm. A racecourse was built on the site in 1846, which operated until 1913, when the land for the park was acquired by the Brisbane City Council. Besides the historic Rotunda, built in 1915,  facilities included a croquet lawn, picnic areas, cricket wickets, tennis courts and football grounds.

The park  has magnificent Jacaranda and Poinciana trees.  (I think there are very few original Jacarandas left maybe only three (disease and storms being the culprits) a rose garden, and if you wish to know more look Here

 First sketch is of the New farm Ferry Terminal whilst I was waiting for the rest of the Brisbane City Sketchers to arrive.

oh-oh.  I forgot to put the M on FARM

These are two of the original Jacarandas planted around 1914

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