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.





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