Saturday, December 3, 2016

State Library of Queensland

What a wonderful morning with the BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS We sketched at the library today, firstly outside, for an hour or so until 10.00am when the library opened.  
I love sketching in the "Red Box".  The "Red Box" is encased in full length windows, which gives the impression of being suspended over the Brisbane River, it is a fabulous place to make art, quietly, and the views are endless.

 This sketch was made with me sitting in the Library Cafe

Sketched on tones pastel paper with charcoal.

A4 sketchbook 0.8 Unipin pen

Finally inside the Red Box.  They have tiered seating at the back of the room and three two seater chairs in the front. It is a quiet room for studying, and makes a wonderful haven for quietly drawing..

Friday, November 25, 2016

BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS - Sketching Regent Theatre in Queen Street Brisbane Qld Australia

The Regent Theatre is a heritage-listed building, located at 167 Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  It was one of the original Hoyts' Picture Palaces from the 1920s. 
It was constructed as the first and only American-style picture palace, reflecting the opulence and grandeur of the great Hollywood era, to be built in Queensland, and was one of many operated by Hoyts in Australia.
The original interior decoration was a mixture of Spanish Gothic and Romanesque. The mezzanine foyer contains a white marble staircase, made from Queensland marble, along with vaulted cathedral ceilings. A total of 2,600 patrons were able to be seated in air-conditioned comfort.  Sadly the theatre was demolished in 2010 to make way for office buildings.  All we have left is the foyer.  Look HERE to see what is way like..

A4 Sketchbook - Pen and watercolour

Monday, November 21, 2016

BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS sketching Queen Street Mall

Fun morning, sketching in the city.  I love sketching with this group, they are such fun people.  
Before 1842 and free settlement, Queen Street was originally a track leading from the main section of the early Moreton Bay Penal Colony, crossing a stream known as Wheat Creek with a deviation going up to the Windmill.  Today, it is a bustling pedestrian mall, that has 25 million visitors a year walk through.

A4 Holcroft sketchbook - Pen and Watercolour.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS at Manly Boat harbour.

What a fun morning.  Seven of us came out to sketch and it was a blast.

Quick sketch while I was waiting for the group to arrive in my A5 sketchbook

Baywatch Cafe is a lovely cafe to visit.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Outdoor Movie Sketches

I went to an outdoor movie tonight. Filling time until the movie started.
A5 sketchbook watercolour and pen and ink

Monday, November 14, 2016

Winn Lane - Fortitude Valley Brisbane Qld Australia

A lovely morning today sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers.  I love the Laneways we have in our City, and more are  opening up.  It is going the be a bonus for us sketchers :)

A4 Holcroft Sketchbook
Pen and ink and inktense pencils

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Brisbane City Sketchers sketching the National Trust Building.

William Street is a small, relatively quiet road in the uptown part of the Brisbane central business district. The street is historically significant to the city's early development as a penal colony. The first convict buildings were built along William Street in 1825.
The Government Printing Office  occupies 110 t0 84 Williams street and at present the National Trust is housed in part of that building.  This will change this month as the building has new owners.  The Queensland Government Printing Office  was the first purpose-built government printery in Queensland and operated on the site from 1862 to 1983, playing an essential part in the administration of Queensland for 121 years. The interior will be incorporated in the Queens Wharf Project.


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