Monday, February 29, 2016

Sketching at the City Botanic Gardens - Brisbane - Qld - Australia

Out with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers on the first day of autumn.  We always have a great turnout.  Eleven of us braved the rain-showers today.  
I started sketching out in the open looking at the beautiful Caretakers Cottage which is now the Gardens Club Cafe.  I had only just put down a light pencil sketch when a rain shower started.  I raced for cover in the roofed area of the cafe and redrew my sketch to what I was viewing from there.

I was looking through palm trees, foliage, lawn trees, towards the City centre.

Sadly, I forgot to take a photo today of what I was sketching.  
I used Bockingford 140lb cp and my elegant Writer 3.0 pen  I also used a fine water mister and my water brush.

Thank you for looking..

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sketching at the Epicurus garden South Bank Brisbane Qld

Out with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers on the 3rd last day of summer, and it was so hot, we were cooking.  There  was a little breeze in the garden, and some of us sat at a b-b-q table under a huge umbrella and sketched.  I chose a beautiful fig tree.

I used artist licence and moved the Boab Bottle tree to my liking :)

I sketched on Bockingford 140ln cp using Elegant Writer Calligraphy pens 2.5 and 3.0 and used a water brush and a water mister for the effects.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sketching South bank with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers

It was hot today, but wonderful under the trees.  My friend Susan and I elected to sit on a path behind The Jetty Restaurant and Bar at South Bank, and sketch the fauna and flora.

I am loving using the elegant writer pens with water.  So unpredictable and very much fun..

 Can you spot the water dragon?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sketching at the GOMA with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers.

I had a lovely morning sketching at the gallery of Modern Art.  It was hot, but there was a super breeze on the river front.   We sat behind the gallery overlooking the river, and the expressway.  I chose to sketch the cranes on the buildings across river.

Sketched on Bockingford 140lb cp paper 11"x 15"
I had a play with a set of Elegant Writer calligraphy pens I bought, and absolutely fell in love with them.  Totally love the effect I got when I added water, both by spray bottle and with my waterbrush.

Thank you for looking.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Boundary Street markets with the Brisbane USkers

It was a fun day.  Twelve of us went out to sketch the markets.  it got a bit windy and drizzly, but we got some super sketches done.  I didn't quite get to finish the details on mine..

Bockingford paper 140lb cp
Bamboo dip pen and Indian ink

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Newstead House

Sketching Tuesday, with the Brisbane USkers..

Newstead House is Brisbanes oldest surviving residence.  It sports huge grounds, which are now called Newstead Park.  It was designed  by Harry Moore, the early 20th century parks superintendent responsible for much of Brisbane’s distinctive style of vegetation, who lived in Newstead House during his tenure. Sketching there today was a treat.

I chose a lovely quite spot, looking at a magnificent Teak Crown Ash tree.  In front of the tree is an old piscatorium.  As far as I know it is still operational, but the caretakers have turned the water off to stop people using it.  There used to be information about the structure, but I couldn't find it today.

There are some amazing trees in the park, one, is a rare specimen of a crepe myrtle which was planted at the time the house was built. There is a beautiful 200 year old Cunningham Fig, in the circular driveway.  It is a "Talking Tree"  Voice activated with historical facts.  In the 1920s the Brisbane City Council constructed an electrical substation for its tramway system in the grounds of the House. Since the closure of the tram system in 1969 the substation was purchased by the Newstead House Board of Trustees and has been used as a Resource Centre and offices for management staff.  You can just see the corner of the substation on the right in my drawing.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Brisbane Urban Sketchers hit South Bank!

Damp day but that didn't stop us.  It was deliciously cool, a welcome change after the last weeks heatwave.  We headed to South bank.  Kurt and I found a great spot for our first sketch at Aquataine's bar, not far from the Maritime Museum  They didn't open until 11.00am but they let us sit at the tables and sketch. 
I sketched No 1 Williams Street - "The Tower of Power" Second sketch of the day was after coffee, and three of us went back to the promenade to do another sketch.  I chose to sketch the treasury Hotel this time.

 No 1 Williams Street (The Tower of Power)
Bockingford 140lb cp 11" x 15"
Treasury Hotel
Arches p 140lb cp
11" x 15"
It was a super day.  There was nine of us sketching, and we always have fun, and great art conversations.. Brisbane Urban Sketchers

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sketching at the Qld State library 02/02/16

We are having a heatwave.  37 deg Celsius today and the humidity over 50%  Where do we sketch?  Qld State Library in their "Red Box"
The library opens at 10.00am and we, the Brisbane USkers start at 9.00am so we chose to sketch in the Study Room beside the main library for the first hour, then head on up to the Red Box on level 2.  The red Box extends over the Brisbane river.  It is glassed on three sides and is an amazing place to quietly sit and sketch.

Sitting in the airconditioned study room 
Paper Bockingford I think 11"x15" Charcoal and watercolour 

                                                  Sitting in the RED BOX on Level 2
Paper Daler Rowney 11.7" x 8.3" Pen Artline 0.4 watersoluble Water brush to blend the ink.


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