Sunday, November 19, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers in Manly

Sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers on Manly Parade in Brisbane.  Manly is a very old settlement , once the playground of the very wealthy.

European settlement of the Manly area first took place around 1860. In 1882 land was sold by auction for the Manly Beach Estate, apparently named after Manly, New South Wales beach in Sydney. By the early 1900s the area had become a popular seaside location. Very large holiday homes were built, and people flocked for healthy holidays by the sea.

Today is is still an expensive place to live, but not as popular anymore.  When cars arrived on the scene, all the holiday makes fled to the northside of Brisbane to Sandgate.

Celtic Corner is an Irish eating house.  Gorgeous old building with no history, apparently.

Both sketches done in my A4 Holcroft sketchbook - Lamy pen - Watercolour

This is my friend John 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lovely morning sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers in the City.  we sat under the awning if the District magistrates Court and sketched the Explorer Inn in Turbot Street.  This art deco building is on the Heritage register and was built in 1916, that is all I can find out so far. 

A4 Holcroft Sketchbook lamy pen and watercolour.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers in the Gabba

The Princess Theatre is a heritage-listed theatre in Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by architect John Beauchamp Nicholson and built in 1888. It is also known as South Brisbane Public Hall and Boggo Road Theatre.  It is now a LifeCity Church, with a barber Shoppe on one side of the main entrance and the Halo Cafe on the other side.
There were five Brisbane City Sketchers out today enjoying the gorgeous weather and good company.

First sketch with my lamy pen

Such a beautiful building

The Barber Shoppe

Sketched from across the road.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers in New Farm Park

New Farm park is a Heritage Listed Park in Brisbane. The park covers 15 hectares (37 acres) and is at the southeastern end of the New Farm peninsula on a bend in the Brisbane River.
The area was dotted by lagoons and waterholes, which the Aboriginals named Binkin-ba, meaning "place of the land tortoise".
The land on which the park now stands was initially a farm. A racecourse was built on the site in 1846, which operated until 1913, when the land for the park was acquired by the Brisbane City Council. Besides the historic Rotunda, built in 1915,  facilities included a croquet lawn, picnic areas, cricket wickets, tennis courts and football grounds.

The park  has magnificent Jacaranda and Poinciana trees.  (I think there are very few original Jacarandas left maybe only three (disease and storms being the culprits) a rose garden, and if you wish to know more look Here

 First sketch is of the New farm Ferry Terminal whilst I was waiting for the rest of the Brisbane City Sketchers to arrive.

oh-oh.  I forgot to put the M on FARM

These are two of the original Jacarandas planted around 1914

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Crazy Urban Sketcher

I went to the State library of Brisbane today to sketch.  It was a very rainy day, in fact this evening it is still raining, but I had a blast.  I am a die hard Urban Sketcher..

First sketch, I was sitting at the Library cafe, waiting to see if anyone else in Brisbane City Sketchers was as crazy as me.  It has been 12 months there about since I sat here and sketched across river, and I was really taken by how much has changed and is still changing.  The only thing that really stays the same are the cranes..

After about 30 minutes or so, it was obvious that no one in the group was venturing out to sketch with me, so I headed inside the Library to the Red Box.
I drew this view looking to the left at the Kurilpa Bridge.  The Kurilpa Bridge is the longest tensity bridge in the world.

 This sketch, is of the Brisbane City Library Buildings across the river from the State library. The huge building built above them is the Brisbane City Council Building.

 I had a lovely mornng sketching, and after I had my lunch I spent 2 hours poking around the Art galleries right next door.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sketching at the Power House (Rainy Day)

Fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers sketching in the rain.  Well, not really, we holed up in the Watt Restaurant at the power House.

Lourdes Hill College was so named by the Archbishop of Brisbane  after Lourdes in France, where Mary is said to have appeared to a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous. It was founded in 1916 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict. 
The school still caters for approximately 970 students from Years 8 to 12 (12 to 18 years of age)

Holcroft A4 Sketchbook Lamy Pen and Watercolour

The diehards :-D

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers out and about..

The Howard Smith Wharves were constructed 1934-early 1940s by the Queensland Government to provide relief work during the depression years of the 1930s. Initially known as the Brisbane Central Wharves, the project was undertaken in conjunction with the construction of the Story Bridge.

  My pen and ink morning this morning, for Ink Tober

Watercolour added

For this sketch, I used water brushes filled with diluted ink..

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers "do" Open House

Brisbane had their Open House today and it continues tomorrow.  Open House is a worldwide event, with cities opening their historic buildings to the public.

Brisbane City Sketchers has a yearly sketchout event on the Saturday, visiting as many buildings as we and and sketching where we can..   There were 5 of us today, 3 left after Craigston, my friend Leslie and I kept sketching and visiting.

All my sketches are in my A5 Holcroft sketchbook, with various Lamy pens.

Criagston is Brisbanes first Cooperatively owned building. It is also the first reinforced concrete framed multi-storied building in Brisbane  Architect Arnold Conrad

Architect Richard gaily is a favourite of mine, he has designed some amazing buildings in the city.  He was a devout Baptist, and designed this building free of charge. Built at a time when the Gothic style was very popular, the tabernacle was designed in a contrasting Classical design.  It is magnificent inside as it is out, and well worthy of a visit.

The next two sketches were done in All saints Anglican Church. (built 1862) this church is the oldest Anglican church in Brisbane.
There are some fabulous stained glass windows in here, some made by local William Bustard.

The organist today totally delightful.

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