Saturday, April 30, 2016

Manly Boat harbour with the Brisbane Uskers

Manly Boat Harbour is now the largest boat harbour facility in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 3,000 dry standings and wet berths, plus two public boat ramps (one at each end of the harbour).
A number of boating clubs are based in Manly including the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, the Wynnum Manly Yacht Club, the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, and the Darling Point Sailing Squadron. 
The Qld Yacht Squadron was founded in 1885, received royal charter in 1902, and added Royal to its title in 1961. Its members have competed at the Olympic Games since 1956. In 1970 the club made the news for preventing its female sailors from attending a function hosted by the club and attended by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Pastel pencil on a no name tinted 8.5" x 6" paper

Saturday, April 23, 2016

SketchCrawl Brisbane sketches the 51st Worrldwide SketchCrawl.

 What a super day we had.  There  were only three of us, but we had the best day ever.
It is ANZAC weekend here.  That is the three day long commemoration of the soldiers who died in WWI  ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corp.  Most people go away for the long weekend.

However, three of us  were here to sketch, and we started at the amazing Mayne Medical School at Herston, on to the Old Museum on Herston Road, and then finishing up at the Grand old Jubilee Hotel for lunch.

My sketch, drawn in a brand new Moleskine A5 sketchbook.  I elected to sketch the three stops as a montage on a double page spread, using my lamy  pen and a cheap China pen and black noodlers ink.

Mayne Medical School built 1938-1939 
Old Museum built in 1891 as the Agricultural Exhibition Building, and later other parts of the building were used as a Concert Hall and an Art Gallery. It is now the Youth Orchestra Conservatory. 
Last stop the magnificent Jubilee Hotel. This gorgeous Hotel was built in 1887 designed by Richard Gailey, and it opened in 1888 - the same year that the Empire and Prince Consort Hotels, also designed by Gailey, opened too. They valley has the most amazing heritage listed buildings, a sketchers paradise.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Power House New Farm Park and Jan Powers Farmers markets

What a glorious morning to go to the Power House at New farm and sketch with the Brisbane USkers.  I chose to sketch the market stalls.

Sketched on A5 Canson 270 gsm rough
Lamy pen and watercolours

               (Photo: Circa 1950 State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #74913)

The first stage of the New Farm Powerhouse was built in 1927-28 as part of the growing need for Powerhouses for the Brisbane Trams. The power station began operations in 1928, was decommissioned in 1971. It was renovated and re-opened as a modern entertainment hub in 2000.

Monday, April 11, 2016

St Stephens Cathedral Brisbane

Sketching at St Stephens Cathedral
St Stephen's Cathedral was opened on 17 May 1874, superseding Old St Stephen's, which still stands alongside it. A Gothic Revival building built of porphyry and freestone, the new Cathedral was built in stages: The foundation stone was laid in 1863, with the intention of constructing a grand building to the design of architect Benjamin Backhouse. With the economic crisis of the 1860s, work on the building ceased in 1864, and when construction was resumed in 1870, it was to a smaller and simplified design by the Brisbane architect, R. George Suter. Two sandstone towers were added in 1884, and the sacristy and simple transepts were added in 1922.
I used a Tombow Dual Brush pen and a Waterbrush for this sketch,  Done on Saunders 140lb rough


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Kangaroo Point Cliffs with the Brisbane USkers.

It was a beautiful day today, up on the cliffs.  Quite hot for Autumn though, still wearing very light summer clothes.
I had a super vantage point for my "Tower of Power sketch today.  I could see the Wheel of Brisbane, Stefans Sky needle, Parliament House, and in the background Mount Coot-tha and the icon television towers.  I think I'll turn this sketch into a painting.

This sketch, I drew looking through the fence to St Marys Anglican Church.  It is a beautiful old church and was  built in 1873 by Alfred Grant to a design by diocesan architect Richard G Suter. It replaced a timber structure built in 1849 on land closer to the river.
Can you spot all the landmarks I mentioned up there?
I was sitting in the Cliff Park, being eaten by ants, but was too excited to get this sketch done to move.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ann Street Brisbane

Super morning in the sun with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers.  There were nine of us out sketching and we had a blast.  Here is my sketch.

Sketched on a Canson 270 gsm (100lb) watercolour pad A5  (8.5 x 6 inches)
Unipin 0.5 black pen - Watercolours.


Pencil sketch of Grand Central Station.  (I was going to use it for a post card)  I ran out of paper, so started again.  I mapped out the building and ran out of paper.  So up there is what I ended up drawing.

Fun in the Sun!

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