Thursday, April 19, 2018

South Brisbane Meanders

My friend and fellow Brisbane City Sketcher Barb and I had a wonderful morning.  We wandered all around the Fish Lane Precinct, taking photos and checking out future sketching opportunities..  
I settled for two sketches in the early afternoon, drawn in my Handmade by me sketchbook, Saunders Waterford hp paper.  I used my Lamy pen EF nib, and watercolour..

FISH LANE  was named after Mr george Fish, who operated a Steam laundry in the lane.  The lane was originally a track used by parishioners to get the St Thomas Church.  There were three St Thomas Churches in the immediate area, 2 being demolished, and the third now houses an Accountants offices.

I was standing on the busway, just outside the Queensland Museum looking down.  Lots of angles.

Sadly I do not know the name of the artist who built the Giant Cicada. A lot of our citys public art has no names on it.  I think that is a terrible shame.
The Giant Cicada is positioned between the two bus lanes..

Brisbane City Sketchers in Queen Street

The Regent Theatre in Brisbane was constructed as the first and only American-style Picture Palace to be built in Queensland. ... The Regent Building comprises part of the original Regent Theatre complex constructed on land between Queen Street and Elizabeth Street, between 1928 and 1929.
The picture palaces were built to imitate Hollywood's Golden Era and were designed to function as a cinema and theatre.
Queen Street is Brisbanes oldest street. The  Street began as little more than a track leading from the main part of the early Moreton Bay Penal Colony, running northward, crossing the watercourse then known as Wheat Creek, with a deviation leading up to the Windmill.
Brisbane's recorded history dates from 1799, when Matthew Flinders explored Moreton Bay on an expedition from Port Jackson, although the region had long been occupied by the Jagera and Turrbal aboriginal tribes. The town was conceived initially as a penal colony for British convicts sent from Sydney.   A permanent settlement in the region was not founded until 1823, when New South Wales Governor Thomas Brisbane was petitioned by free settlers in Sydney to send their worst convicts elsewhere and the area chosen became the city of Brisbane. 
Queen Street  is around 205 years old..

I am still using my beloved handmade sketchbook, that I made.  Loving Saunders Waterford HP paper.  Lamy pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers in Fortitude valley

I had a lovely morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers, in Bakery Lane, listening to Jazz taking in all the amazing aromas from the eateries in the Lane, and the ambiance.  Bakery Lane is named after the bakery that operated here in days gone by. 
Brisbane lane-ways became derelict places and dangerous, so the Brisbane City Council devised a plan to clean them up.  There are eight  that i know of now that are fabulous places to go for boutique shopping and awesome food.

Sketched in my handmade 7.5 x 8 inch sketchbook. Loving Saunders Waterford paper. Lamy pen and watercolour

 Pick the artists 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Brisbane City Sketcher at Brisbane Synagogue

Wonderful morning this morning sketching the Brisbane Synagogue in Margaret Street  
The Synagogue was designed by Arthur Morry and built from 1885 to 1886 by Arthur Midson. 
The Brisbane Hebrew Congregation is the largest Jewish organisation in Queensland and its Synagogue is the oldest in Queensland.

 I do wish I had taken a photo of this window.

Brisbane City Sketchers sketchouts

Maritime Museum, Memorial Park, Kangaroo Point Cliffs.  Such great places to sketch, so much history.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers in Queens Park

Super fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers in Queens Park Brisbane.  Queens Gardens is a heritage-listed park located on a city block between George Street, Elizabeth Street and William Street in the Brisbane CBD. It was built from c. 1905 to 1990s  It is soon to be transformed, with the Queens Wharf development happening. It is a bittersweet development.  

Our historical buildings in this area are going to be re-purposed..  I am saddened that only the facades of the historical buildings are on the Heritage Register.  The interior of these amazing buildings are fabulous too.

This is the Tower of Power dwarfing the historic buildings below. 
Queen’s Wharf Road and William Street are two of the oldest streets in Brisbane.  The two historic buildings in my drawing are the Immigration Depot (later to become the national trust House)  The building was erected in 1865-1866 It was located adjacent to the Queen’s Wharf, which was the point of arrival for thousands of immigrants entering the new free colony between 1848 and 1897. Queen’sWharf was located in the area now known as the north bank of the Brisbane River.
and the Commissariat Store  which  was originally built by convict labour under the direction of Captain Logan as a permanent Commissariat Store for the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. Presently, the restored and renovated building operates as the headquarters for the RHSQ, housing the museum

 These statues are situated in the Queens gardens.  The gardens were originally called the Executive Gardens for the Executive Building  and later changed after the statue of Queen Victoria was erected. Queens Gardens is a heritage-listed park located on a city block between George Street, Elizabeth Street and William Street in the Brisbane CBD  It was built from c. 1905 to 1990s

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers in Spring Hill

I had a really fun morning in Spring Hill today with the Brisbane City Sketchers.
The weather was kind, only a couple of spits of rain, some blue skies and sometimes sunshine.  What more can an Urban Sketcher want :-)  
Spring Hill is an old part of Brisbane City,  and was so named in the nineteenth century because the hill on which the suburb was built was the source of the creek that was Brisbane's first fresh water supply. 

 Sketched in my handmade 7.5 x 8 inches sketchbook Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper.  Lamy pens with different size nibs and watercolour.

 My first sketch was of the Ballow Chambers. I have wanted to draw this building for ages.
The building was designed by Lange Leopold Powell and built from 1924 to 1926 by John Hutchinson.
From 1865 Wickham Terrace started to become the focal point of Brisbane's specialist medical practices.
This building was named after Dr David Ballow, onetime Colonial Surgeon and then the first doctor to establish a private medical practice in Brisbane. Ballow died in 1850 of typhus as a result of treating patients at the quarantine station on Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay. There is a plaque commemorating Ballow fixed to the front wall of the building.

Second drawing
The prisoners were made to work a rat-wheel as punishment to grind the flour in the windmill as it was then. . One slipped and fell and the captain in charge would not let them stop. The man was ground up I can imagine that they did not waste a speck of that flour either.

 Third and last drawing :-)

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