Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sketching at the Translational Research Institute at the PA Hospital with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers.

What a wonderful morning, out with friends sketching at the almost new TRI  It is such a beautiful building, built on an historical site.  There was once a Broom Factory on the site and a glorious building housing  Vision Australia.  The red clay bricks from this magnificent building have been incorporated into the TRI as have the red clay tiles.  I have tried to find a photo of the Vision Australia building, but sadly I can find nothing about it at, or the Broom Factory, it is as if they never existed.

 The TRI building is magnificent.  I sat inside the Catalyst Cafe area to make these sketches.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Roma Street Parklands with the Brisbane USkers

This morning I learned someone I love dearly has passed away.  I was committed to our sketchout and I know Janine would have wanted that.
I didn't stop thinking of her and her family all morning, and through my tears I made three small sketches in ink, also fulfilling another InkTober day.
#inktober #inktober2016

Water is calming for me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Urban Sketching at UQ with the Brisbane USkers

I love sketching around Wordsmiths cafe. We went to UQ in search of the jacarandas which should be in full bloom by now, but were disappointed. 

I have been wanting to sketch this sculpture for ages. 

I love this book sculpture

photo courtesy of fellow sketcher John Hill

Friday, October 7, 2016

DOCKSIDE with the Brisbane Group

Glorious day today to be sketching on the river.  I caught up on my InkTober Sketches..


The end of the Story Bridge is lost by all the trees.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mowbray Park Brisbane Qld

Mowbray park is an historical park in East Brisbane, named after the Reverend Thomas Mowbray, who arrived in 1847. He was one of the earliest settlers and  became known as the father of Presbyterianism. In 1851, he opened Brisbane's first Presbyterian Church in Grey Street, South Brisbane.
Mowbray Park was built from 1904 to 1974. It is also known as East Brisbane War Memorial and Riversdale.  
In the early 1920s, the council constructed a floating swimming enclosure in the river next to the park. It became very popular to swimmers of all ages. The swimming pool led to the formation of a surf life-saving club that still exists, now associated with Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast as the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC.
Floating baths were first introduced to Brisbane in 1857 and were to remain a feature of the river for some 70 years. Such enclosed baths were supposedly "shark proof". One of the more prominent and popular of these floating baths was the "Victoria Baths", situated against the river bank on the downstream side of the Victoria Bridge's southern approach (1880s).  Mowbray Park and Dutton Park were the the other floating baths. At the public floating baths, bathing was often segregated, even to the extent of different swimming times for male and female bathers. 

My two sketches for today  were looking each way up and down river.

 This one is looking down river towards New Farm park. I used 140lb Arches wc paper, graphite and whatercolouur.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

South Brisbane Sketchout

First sketch was the historical Griffith Film School Building.  This beautiful building started life as a Colonial Post Office and Telegraph building in 1881.
It has had a varied life and has had alterations and refurbishments in 897-1902-2005 when it was converted into the present Film school.

 Ink sketch with my Lamy pen and Noodlers Black ink.

 Watercolour wash

I sat on the footpath between the Lady Celinto Childrens Hospital and the Old South Brisbane Municipal Hall (now the admin building for Sommerville House)  and was looking through the trees at the "Tower of Power" This is an imposing building for sure. It is on the other side of the river.

(oops reflected colour from my orange shirt)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wilsons Outlook, Fortitude Valley Brisbane.

For around 160 years Wilsons Outlook has been a gem of a park overlooking Brisbane City.  The views are stunning.  Bowen Terrace was one filled with gorgeous villas, but sadly they have almost all gone. Behind Bowen Terrace on Brunswick the 1889 Brunswick Hotel still stands.
I sketched the iconic Story Bridge first, with a small portion of the iconic Howard Smith Wharves (1930) underneath.  Second sketch was of a historic house, on the corner of Bowen Terrace and Bowen Street.

All sketches done in my Holcroft A4 sketchbook pen and in and watercolour

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