Tuesday, September 27, 2016

South Brisbane Sketchout

First sketch was the historical Griffith Film School Building.  This beautiful building started life as a Colonial Post Office and Telegraph building in 1881.
It has had a varied life and has had alterations and refurbishments in 897-1902-2005 when it was converted into the present Film school.

 Ink sketch with my Lamy pen and Noodlers Black ink.

 Watercolour wash

I sat on the footpath between the Lady Celinto Childrens Hospital and the Old South Brisbane Municipal Hall (now the admin building for Sommerville House)  and was looking through the trees at the "Tower of Power" This is an imposing building for sure. It is on the other side of the river.

(oops reflected colour from my orange shirt)



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wilsons Outlook, Fortitude Valley Brisbane.

For around 160 years Wilsons Outlook has been a gem of a park overlooking Brisbane City.  The views are stunning.  Bowen Terrace was one filled with gorgeous villas, but sadly they have almost all gone. Behind Bowen Terrace on Brunswick the 1889 Brunswick Hotel still stands.
I sketched the iconic Story Bridge first, with a small portion of the iconic Howard Smith Wharves (1930) underneath.  Second sketch was of a historic house, on the corner of Bowen Terrace and Bowen Street.


All sketches done in my Holcroft A4 sketchbook pen and in and watercolour






Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sketching on Brisbane River (Qld)

Fun morning sketching on the Brisbane River.  I haven't been out sketching for a few weeks and boy am I glad to be back!

Christopher Trotters Biomechanical Pelicans. 1995 


The "Tower of Power"
The outside of the building is now finished.  The building will open to the Government (Premier of Qld) until 2017, when the interior refurbishment is finished.




Saturday, August 27, 2016

Aubigny Place - Mater Hospital Brisbane

Sketching with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers on a lovely winters morning.  

Aubigny Place is a magnificent old building sitting on Mater Hill.  It is named after the first Mater Hospital, a private house at North Quay, that the Sisters leased.   It took 5 years to have the new hospital built and opened, but it happened on 14 August 1910,  when the new hospital was officially blessed by Cardinal Moran and opened by the Governor, Sir William MacGregor. 













Tuesday, August 16, 2016

National Trust House with the Brisbane USkers

Historical National Trust House, was constructed in 1865-66 as the colony’s first purpose-built accommodation for immigrants, the building has been converted to offices and laboratories for the Department of Agriculture and re-converted into offices for other government organisations.
The first immigrants directly from overseas to what is now Queensland arrived in the Artemesia on 15 December 1848. As more immigrant vessels followed, the capacity of the city to provide an accommodation base for those who had spent months at sea was sorely stretched. A journalist in 1863 commenting on the temporary three-shed depot being used at South Brisbane noted that, by comparison, ‘the most uncomfortable cell in the Brisbane gaol must appear almost an earthly paradise’.
Plans for a new Immigration Depot, consisting of two, multi-level wings at right angles to each other between William Street and the river were prepared by Charles Tiffin, the colonial architect. The building was constructed in sandstone (for the footings) and brick by contractor John Petrie in 1865-66. The three levels in the rear wing accommodated single women in the upper level, married couples below them and single men in what is today the building’s basement. With space at a premium, luggage was stored in a shed adjacent to Queen’s Wharf.


A4 Holcroft Sketchbook
.08 Unipin pen.




Friday, August 12, 2016

Sketching DRAGON BOATS On Brisbane River

What a fabulous morning I had with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers at South Bank.  The International QUT Dragon Races were on, and it gave us much excitement as well as a unique sketching opportunity.

 The dragon boat in the foreground is the Singapore team, and they came first in the first heat, but I didn't find out what happened after that.


Brisbane Wheel, sponsored by Channel 7 TV Station.

My friend Deirdre and I

 Dragon Boat racing

 SINGAPORE TEAM

Brisbane Wheel

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Brisbane USKers at Kangaroo Point Brisbane Qld.

What a fabulous morning it was. It was so foggy one could not see their nose, but by 9.30 it had lifted enough to start sketching.
What a fabulous morning with the Brisbane USkers
St Marys is a Heritage Listed Church. In 1873, the Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin was built by Alfred Grant at Kangaroo Point to a design by well-known Brisbane ecclesiastical architect RG Suter. It is a Gothic design, constructed from Brisbane porphyry or "tuff", possibly quarried from the Kangaroo Point cliffs immediately behind the church which overlooks the Brisbane River from its hillside position on Main St near River Terrace.
The stone structure replaced an earlier timber church that had been built in 1849. The sturdier material didn't prevent damage from a cyclone that struck Brisbane in 1892 The former shingle roof has now been replaced by the Queensland favourite, galvanised iron.
In 1876, a pipe organ was imported from a church in England, and it remains in the church as the oldest pipe organ in Queensland. Apparently, when Queensland's governors lived at Old Government House, this was the church they frequented.







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