Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Todays sketching at Roma Street parkland....

I was sitting on the steps that lead down into one part of the parkland.  There is a massive man-made waterfall there, with a smaller one to the right. The walk-way takes one through to the lake.

I did two sketches on the train home, this is the only worthy one to show.

Saturday, October 24, 2015


It was a lovely day in the city, started off sunny and overcast by 11.330pm.  We spent one hour at each stop, and got some great sketches done.  All my sketches were done in my Moleskine  8.5" x 5" sketchbook. I have a dedicated Sketchcrawl sketchbook, and todays outing saw me finish it.  I am excited about this, because the 5oth sketchcrawl will be done in a brand new book.

First stop was Grand Central Station.  The sketch on the left was done with De Atramentis inks and is my Day 24 InkTober entry.  Sketch on  the left is lamy safari pen and watercolours.

Stop two was at ANZAC Square.  
Lamy safari pen and noodlers black ink

Stop three, Post Office Square.
Lamy safari pen and noodlers black ink
It started to spit rain just as I was finishing this sketch. I used it to may advantages and blended my ink from my pen into the sketch.

The very first Grand Central Station was built in 1889. It was a timber and tin building only ever designed to be a temporary stop-gap.  The current Central Station Building was originally built in 1899  In the years since then, the station has seen many changes, and there is not much left of the beautiful station that was. 

ANZAC Square is a war memorial, dedicated to Australia’s military heritage. The Shrine of Remembrance, with its Eternal Flame, forms the focal point for the radially patterned pathways, pools, lawns and Bribie Island Pine and Bottle trees.  It was  opened on Armistice Day (now Remembrance Day) 1930.  It was borne out of the grieving of a society that gave and lost so much in the First World War of 1914-1918. 

Post Office Square was opened in 1985 for the public to enjoy a little bit of nature in the middle of a bustling city. 
The original General Post Office Brisbane built of stone and brick was two small rooms which had been portion of the quarters built in 1829-30 and previously occupied by the Superintendent of Convicts.   When the old prison and one time police quarters demolished, colonial architect FDG Stanley came up with the Italianate design for the GPO and twin Telegraph Office. Although the GPO was completed in 1872, the central tower (a scaled down version of a more grandiose proposed clock tower) and Telegraph Office weren’t built until 1877-79. 

It still operates as a post Office to the day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sketching at New Farm Park with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers

Wow what a day!  I left my phone at home :-O  I can't believe I did that.  The Jacarandas at New Farm Park are spectacular and I can only show you one photo I took with a friends phone..  It was an awesome morning sketching though and I got two sketches done..

New Farm Park jacarandas. A4 Holcroft Sketchbook and De Atramentis inks.
This one was the first, and my entry for Day 20 Inktober.
 Fabriano Venezia 200gsm 9.5" x 6" sketchbook and Lamy pen - Noodlers black ink..

After my morning sketchout I had an appointment at the Mater Hospital.  I arrived at 1.45pm and left at 5.00pm  I sketched..

Sitting on the second floor of the mater Hospital looking out the window, waiting for an appointment
A5 Holcroft Sketchbook and 0.8 Uni Pin pen

Waiting for paperwork on level 4 Mater Hospital. Another view of the "Tower of Power"
 Holcroft A5 sketchbook. Lamy pen and watercolours.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

SKETCHING at the UNIVERSITY of QLD St Lucia with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers.

What a fabulous day.  The weather was kind to us.  The high of 28 deg C was predicted, but under the shade of the magnificent trees that line the Lake District, it was just right.

My ink drawing for InkTober Day 17

  Jacaranda season is magnificent this year. I have some De Atramentis inks, which I brought today.  I only used the purple one, which is called Alexander Hamilton, on the left hand side.  The rest is all watercolour mixed.
 My friend Jennifer and like to spread out ;-)

 Our little visitor at coffee time

The Lake

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sketching in Spring Hill and Edwards Street Brisbane

It was a gorgeous day for the Brisbane Urban Sketchers to be out sketching.  We met at King Edward Park, and sketched around the area.  I opted to walk a little up the road to Wickham Terrace to sketch the "Green House"  designed by Claude Chambers and was built from timber and brick around 1907 for Dr TH Morgan

Firstly the ink drawing for day 13 of inktober

Watercolour added.

After we had our coffee, my friend Sue and I headed to the other end of the city looking for another subject.  We walked the length of Edward street.  There are a lot of gorgeous historical building in Edward street.  She chose the Naval Offices, I chose Old Mineral House.  I just loved the creamy building and the purple jacaranda.  This building is on the corner of Edward and Alice Street.

It was a very good day!


Saturday, October 10, 2015


Queensland Rail recently celebrated their 150 years of Queensland Rail, and the Brisbane Urban Sketchers went along on the Tuesday to sketch the historic Platform 3 and the heritage train they had in station that day.  As a result of that sketchout, we were invited to display pour works in the Brisbane Open House Display that Platform 3 had.  Three of us took up the opportunity.  Brett Danvers, Gede Agus, and myself.  
Tamara Yum was the instigator and organiser, and she did a magnificent job of displaying out work..


What a fun morning.  Six Brisbane Urban Sketchers came out and did the Brisbane Open House Sketchwalk.  We saw inside some amazing Historical buildings, The Albert Street Wesley Uniting Church, The Ann Street Presbyterian Church, The Masonic Lodge, The City Baptist tabernacle Church, and two of us got a sneak peak inside the United Services Club. (The Green house)

The church was built in 1888 and 1889 and was originally known as the Albert Street Methodist Church. It is a striking red brick structure  designed by GHM Addison

Ann Street Presbyterian Church was built in 1858, and is the oldest church built in Brisbane I was told.

We stopped outside the wonderful Grand central Station and sketched the Clock Tower. The first Central Station was built of wood and corrugated iron and opened in August 1889. It was the city’s second station, as Roma Street had opened in 1875.  A much more elegant station opened in 1899 with iron arches over the platforms and a portico out the front and then, in 1901, a handsome new entry was built of sandstone from nearby quarries, as well as the adjacent railway refreshment rooms.

The Baptist City Tabernacle was the second Baptist church built in the city. The first, built in 1859, was situated on the corner of Wharf and Adelaide Streets. However, as the local congregation grew, it became necessary to build another church. One of Brisbane’s most celebrated architects, Richard Gailey, was a member of the congregation and designed the imposing tabernacle in the late 1880s. 
This little sketch, is the back view if the amazing United Services Club (Green House) the architect was Claude William Chambers.  The building was built in 1910 The United Service Club was established in 1892 for officers of the Queensland Defence Force
My last sketch of the day was of the back view of the famous Platform 3 Roma Street Station. Brisbane terminal station, now Brisbane Roma Street, was the city's first railway station when it opened in 1875 and for 115 years was its major general freight terminal. It was designed by Superintendent of Public Buildings Francis Stanley.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sketching the Brisbane City Marina (or part thereof)

Sketching with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers today at City Botanic Gardens.  It was glorious.  The temps were predicted to be in the high 30's Celsius - when I looked at my phone it was 36) but in the gardens it was 10 degrees lower, and magnificent!

 My ink sketch for #inktober2015

The trees on the edge of Botanic Gardens, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in the background, and the City Marina in the middle.

Fabriano 9.5" x 6" Venezia 200gsm sketchbook -
Lamy fountain and Noodlers black ink -


The group today.  Two were missing from this photo :)

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