Monday, October 31, 2016

New farm Park witht he Brisbane USkers

New Farm park is ablaze with colour, and today it was overcast, so the gorgeous lilac colours really stood out magnificently against the grey sky. I managed two sketches and had a blast making them.

Visual Diary 6" x 8.5"
De Atramentis Inks

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Jacaranda Season at New Farm Park

Jacaranda Season is a great time to be at New farm park sketching:-

Premium Sketch Journal 8.5" x 6" and De Atramentis Inks.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sketching at the Translational Research Institute at the PA Hospital with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers.

What a wonderful morning, out with friends sketching at the almost new TRI  It is such a beautiful building, built on an historical site.  There was once a Broom Factory on the site and a glorious building housing  Vision Australia.  The red clay bricks from this magnificent building have been incorporated into the TRI as have the red clay tiles.  I have tried to find a photo of the Vision Australia building, but sadly I can find nothing about it at, or the Broom Factory, it is as if they never existed.

 The TRI building is magnificent.  I sat inside the Catalyst Cafe area to make these sketches.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Roma Street Parklands with the Brisbane USkers

This morning I learned someone I love dearly has passed away.  I was committed to our sketchout and I know Janine would have wanted that.
I didn't stop thinking of her and her family all morning, and through my tears I made three small sketches in ink, also fulfilling another InkTober day.
#inktober #inktober2016

Water is calming for me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Urban Sketching at UQ with the Brisbane USkers

I love sketching around Wordsmiths cafe. We went to UQ in search of the jacarandas which should be in full bloom by now, but were disappointed. 

I have been wanting to sketch this sculpture for ages. 

I love this book sculpture

photo courtesy of fellow sketcher John Hill

Friday, October 7, 2016

DOCKSIDE with the Brisbane Group

Glorious day today to be sketching on the river.  I caught up on my InkTober Sketches..


The end of the Story Bridge is lost by all the trees.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mowbray Park Brisbane Qld

Mowbray park is an historical park in East Brisbane, named after the Reverend Thomas Mowbray, who arrived in 1847. He was one of the earliest settlers and  became known as the father of Presbyterianism. In 1851, he opened Brisbane's first Presbyterian Church in Grey Street, South Brisbane.
Mowbray Park was built from 1904 to 1974. It is also known as East Brisbane War Memorial and Riversdale.  
In the early 1920s, the council constructed a floating swimming enclosure in the river next to the park. It became very popular to swimmers of all ages. The swimming pool led to the formation of a surf life-saving club that still exists, now associated with Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast as the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC.
Floating baths were first introduced to Brisbane in 1857 and were to remain a feature of the river for some 70 years. Such enclosed baths were supposedly "shark proof". One of the more prominent and popular of these floating baths was the "Victoria Baths", situated against the river bank on the downstream side of the Victoria Bridge's southern approach (1880s).  Mowbray Park and Dutton Park were the the other floating baths. At the public floating baths, bathing was often segregated, even to the extent of different swimming times for male and female bathers. 

My two sketches for today  were looking each way up and down river.

 This one is looking down river towards New Farm park. I used 140lb Arches wc paper, graphite and whatercolouur.


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