Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers getting our Church fix..

This beautiful heritage listed Fortitude Valley Wesleyan Methodist Church, constructed in 1871. is occupied by a chair maker at present, but they are moving out this week and the building is up for sale. It is of Gothic design.
Architect George Simkin designed this building, and it was constructed by Blair Cunningham for about £5,000.
This Fortitude Valley Wesleyan Church was the leading church of its denomination until the Albert St Wesleyan Church was completed in 1889. In 1898 the various brands of Methodism combined, and this church became known as the Fortitude Valley Methodist Church. In 1977 there was a further religious rationalisation with the formation of the Uniting Church, the combination of Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists. As a result of that union, this church was no longer needed, and the building was decommissioned in February 1977.

 A4 sketchbook - mechanical pencil - pen - watercolour




Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wolston House with the Brisbane City Sketchers

This is an amazing National Trust property was saved in 1965 It is a Heritage listed property.
The house was built in and is the oldest surviving residential farmhouse in the district of Wacol
Wolston Farmhouse was constructed in 1852 on 640 acres Dr Stephen Simpson established a horse and cattle station there, naming it after his Warwickshire birthplace. Stephen Simpson was a learned man—a doctor, Justice of the Peace, Police Magistrate and later member of the first Legislative Council of Queensland. Little wonder he was appointed Crown Commissioner of Lands following the closure of the Moreton Bay penal colony in the 1840s.

Pen and watercolour




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

An adventure

What  a crazy day it was.  I was going sketching at the Old Museum at Bowen Hills.  I caught the train to Fortitude valley.  All good. Got off train, turn on GPS on my phone and set off for a 8 minute walk. Simple huh.  Noooooooooo.  Not simple, I did not realise my GPS was still set to drive and not walk, so my GPS thought I was a car and took me on a long, long walk.  2 hours in total pretty much. 😂

Consequently,  instead of arriving to meet the other Brisbane City Sketchers  at 0900. I arrived about 1045. 
I was bedraggled and damp.  It was windy,  raining as well.  It was quite an adventure, and we all had a good laugh about it ..

I bought a coffee first up eh, then settled in to sketch the Coffee Kiosk.







Saturday, June 10, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at the Manly Boat harbour

Wynnum Manly has managed to maintain its rich history as one of the oldest areas of Brisbane. The Bayside suburbs offer an abundance of heritage buildings, places and landmarks that tell a story from indigenous occupation to European settlement, the threat of invasion and the development of a seaside community.
The jewel in the crown of Wynnum-Manly is the Manly Boat Harbour. This impressive harbour is the largest small-craft harbour in Queensland and is a safe haven for hundreds of crafts. It was established in 1958 and in 1964 the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron moved its clubhouse to the harbour. The stone breakwaters at the harbour entrance provide protection and a handy place to fish.
This is a favourite place4 of mine to visit and sketch and paint, as it is only a 15 minute drive from my house.

Manly Boat harbour
Saunders Waterford watercolour paper 11" x 15"
Graphite and watercolour
 



 It was a great adventure, the three of us talking our heads off about art for well over an hour.



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at FERNBERG

The Brisbane City Sketchers had a wonderful afternoon at  Fernberg, at the Governors Open House. This is a magnificent Historical building built in 1865. The name Fernberg is German for distant mountain. Fernberg is a working vice-regal residence - a unique combination of private residence, busy office, public symbol of the State’s prestige, guardian of important traditions, and proud protector of the State’s history and heritage. The property has changed hands multiple times during its lifetime, but has been the official residence and workplace of Queensland Governors for more than a century.
It is presently occupied by the present Governor of Queensland His Excellency the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC (Companion of the Order of Australia)

A4 sketchbook - mechanical Pencil - Watercolour

 
His Excellency the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC came and chatted to us while we sketched.




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Woolloongabba Village

Beautiful autumn morning sketching with the  Brisbane City Sketchers in the historical "Gabba" Village.  
Woolloongabba,  "Wulonkoppa" and  comes from an Aboriginal word, and there   are different interpretations as to its meaning - either whirling waters or fighting place. Home to the Brisbane Cricket Ground since 1896.  The area is an ancient waterway, and there are underground springs there.  The village is full of wonderful historical buildings, cafes and bars.  

The Moreton Rubber Building was built in 1890, and house the shops.  The owners of the shops lives upstairs in the second story, where they had verandas and french doors opening out onto them.  A beautiful sight, and magnificent building.  Sadly the verandahs have gone, the french doors boarded up and turned into fixed windows.  makes part of the facade of the building where they once were look terribly sad.


My sketches were done in an A4 sketchbook, pen and watercolour and the Moreton Rubber one ink wash. I filled 2 waterbrushes with diluted fountain pen in.  Great wat to make values sketches.


This heritage listed building is now a bar/bistro.  The interior is amazing, loving restored and when you walk in the doors you are taken back to a bygone era.





Saturday, May 27, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at UQ

The University of Queensland is a beautiful place to go sketch.  There is so much to see, from magnificent buildings, and lakes and more.  
Today we chose to sketch firstly in Wordsmiths cafe then in the Great Court.

I was sitting in Wordsmiths Cafe sketching the Co-op
6" x 9" sketch pad fountain pen and watercolour


Richards Building, named after Henry Caselli (H.C.) Richards (1884-1947), first Professor of Geology at UQ, and a dynamic teacher, administrator and academic.

Wordsmiths Cafe is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy good conversation, and to sketch



 Great Court is a heritage-listed university colonnade at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Jack Hennessy, junior and built from 1937 to 1979.
The Great Court took more than 40 years to complete, and played a key role in World War II when it housed the Advanced Land Headquarters of the Allied Land Forces in the Pacific, headed by General Sir Thomas Blamey. A 1945 bronze plaque commemorating this period can be found in the Forgan Smith tower.


Designed by state government architects Hennessy, Hennessy & Co in the mid-1930s, the Great Court was created as a modern take on the European quadrangles of monasteries and universities. It was to be “original in conception, monumental in design, and embodying the Australian spirit of art with English culture” to fit in with Vice-Chancellor JD Story’s hope that the University would be a “gem in a beautiful subtropical setting of hill, dale and river”.
 



Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Boat House - Kangaroo Point, with the Brisbane City Sketchers

"The Boat Club (Kangaroo Point Cliffs)
6"x9" sketchbook - mechanical pencil and watercolour.
 
 

Sketching in style. :)



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sketching in South Brisbane

The Brisbane City Sketchers  went to South Brisbane today.  The Fish Lane Festival was on and there were all kinds of food and live music.

6" x 9" Sketchbook

 Queensland Museum




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