Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Gas Stripping Tower, Davies park, West End - Brisbane

I went to the Davies Park Markets today, with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers. Behind the markets is an iconic, historic Gas Stripping tower. It is the only one of it's kind in Australia.
It is a demountable cast iron tower was manufactured in 1912 by Robert Dempster & Sons Ltd, of Elland, Yorkshire, and transported in segments to Brisbane, where it was erected at the West End Gasworks in Montague Road operated by the South Brisbane Gas & Light Company. The South Brisbane gas and Light Company was established in 1885, in direct competition to the Brisbane Gas Corporation. The tower was decommissioned in 1949.  It is on the heritage register.
Across the river is the historic Moorland House, standing in front of The Wesley Hospital.  You can see it better in my sketch above.

I used Bockingford 140lb cp 11' x 15' paper that was bequeathed to me.  I think of my friend Denis every time I use it.

I used a Uni Pin .05 pen and watercolours..

Thank you for looking


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sketching QUT Brisbane

I went out with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers this morning.  We had a lovely morning, weather was gorgeous.  I had a blast using my Elegant Writer Calligraphy Pen and another pen I bought called Micador.  Both are watersoluble and a blast to use with a water mister bottle.

First sketch I sat on a wall looking towards the Goodwill bridge.  I sketched the shelter and CityCycles.

Next I went for a walk with two others and we sat on the verandah of Old Government House and sketched the Technology Buildings

I really was taken by the clouds on the glass building.

Thank you for looking.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Brisbanes Grand Old General Post Office

Sketching with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers today in post Office Square.

The history of this site predates the 1872 construction of the Brisbane GPO by John Petrie. During the convict settlement the Female Factory or women’s prison was situated here, deliberately isolated from the rest of the settlement to keep the women away from the unwanted attention of other male prisoners and officers.
With 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.

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