Monday, March 13, 2017

Cleveland Point with the BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS

The lighthouse was built in 1864 by the Queensland Government. It lit up Cleveland Point until it was replaced in 1975 by the concrete light. It is a hexagonal wooden lighthouse about 12m (38ft) tall. It is made of painted weatherboards attached to a timber frame.  The light used kerosene until 1934 when it was converted to electricity.
The lighthouse was originally located on the north east tip of Cleveland Point. In  1975, a new concrete light was built and the old lighthouse was moved to the western shore of the point, about 140m south of its original location. In 2009, the concrete light was removed.
In the 1860s, small farming settlements along the south coast of Moreton Bay, including at Cleveland, Victoria Point, Redland Bay and along the Logan and Albert Rivers relied on small ships (coastal steamers) for transport.
Travel by ship could be dangerous as the mudflats and sandbanks in Moreton Bay move and there are rocks. The bay is also very tidal, which meant it gets very shallow, especially close to shore.
Cleveland Point was a dangerous spot. Before the lighthouse was built, people living in Cleveland put up small lights to make sure the ships didn’t run aground. These small lights kept getting damaged, and eventually the Queensland Government decided to build a permanent light.




The Lighthouse Restaurant is a busy place.  We had fish and chips for lunch.  I wasn't overly thrilled with them, they were very dry.

  Pen and ink sketch in my A4 sketchbook

Watercolour added.  We were sketching with our eyes over the bay as a huge storm was forecast.

Luckily for us the storm held off for the two and a half hours we were sketching.  Lunchtime brought the downpour.





Saturday, March 11, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers on Kurilpa Bridge

The name KURILPA reflects the Australian Aboriginal word for the South Brisbane and West End area, and means "place for water rats".
The bridge cost $63million to build and is the world’s largest hybrid tensegrity bridge. Only the horizontal spars conform to tensegrity principles. The Kurilpa Bridge is a multiple-mast, cable-stay structure based on principles of tensegrity producing a synergy between balanced tension and compression components to create a light structure which is incredibly strong.


A4 sketchbook bamboo dip pen and ink.

Fabulous Morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers






Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sketching in Vulture Street

Vulture Street is a very old street in South Brisbane with some wonderful old houses along it as well as a wonderful Syrian church and the old Royal Queensland blind Association Building.  My friend and i opted for a row of buildings cut into the hill.  Leslie chose to sketch one on the top and I one on the lower road.

The old rusted corrugated iron roofs caught my attention.  This was definitely a challenge for me to draw but I did enjoy it.  I even put the car in.





Spring Hill Heritage Listed baths

Spring Hill Baths were designed by Thomas Kirk and built from 1886 to 1913 by William M Park. It is also known as Arthur Street City Baths and Municipal Baths at Spring Hill.
One of the principal reasons for establishing the Arthur Street (now Torrington Street) bath was its location above the Spring Hollow (Water Street) drain, installed in 1884, the waste water from the baths providing a daily cleanse. River water from Petrie Bight was pumped to a small reservoir at the top end of Albert Street, then gravity fed down Spring Hill to the Hollow, where it was stored in holding tanks (now boarded over) at the far end of the baths. Each evening the pool was drained and every morning the water was replenished in a process lasting several hours. This system of flushing the Spring Hill drain was employed for three-quarters of a century.
Not until 1914 did the city council install a salt-water supply scheme to which the baths were linked. As the Brisbane River grew more polluted, chemicals were added to the pool water, and finally a filtration system was installed in 1961.

Sketches done in my  A4 Sketchbook pen and watercolour










Sunday, February 19, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at the heritage Bulima Ferry Terminal

The Bulimba ferry terminal was built in 1922 for the Balmoral Shire Council, then responsible for the efficient servicing of several ferry routes across the Brisbane River. Since the days of the convict settlement at Moreton Bay when a punt was poled between the main settlement and the south bank of the river, ferries have been a vital transport facility for Brisbane. The river twists and loops through the city and cross-river access is important in linking city and suburbs and greatly reducing travel time between them. Although the first bridge linked the city and South Brisbane in 1862, no other bridges were built for many years, public transport was limited and few people had private transport until after World War Two. People who needed to commute to work and to access shopping and entertainment facilities used cross-river ferries on a daily basis. Ferries were the only major transport service provided by metropolitan local authorities as responsibility for care and management had been placed in their hands by an 1858 Act.
The Hawthorne ferry terminal which is almost a replica of this one was built around the same time.  The are on the heritage register.

 I used my A4 sketchbook (225gsm) unipin 0.03 pen and watercolour.  (ps I used my mechanical pencil to park my angels first)





Saturday, February 11, 2017

Queenslands first State library was built in Williams Street in 1986 It is a fine old building that has been repurposed and now the State library lives across the river at South bank, and was built in 1988. State Library of Queensland, mainly through the John Oxley Library, has a vital role in preserving and sharing Queensland's history by collecting contemporary and retrospective content that chronicles events, people, places and ideas that continue to shape Queensland.  is the main reference and research library provided to the people of the State of Queensland, Australia, by the state government. Its legislative basis is provided by the Queensland Libraries Act 1988

I was sitting in North Quay Ferry Terminal and sketching the Queensland State Library across the river.
A4 sketchbook - Bamboo Dip pen and Watercolour


 There was a heatwave in Brisbane-town today so only three of us came out.  Th rest elected to go with the other group into an airconditioned environment :D The Brisbane City Sketchers are a tough lot ;) and we know the best places to be on a high heat day.  At North Quay, being right on the river, there were heavenly breezes blowing, and we had a most enjoyable day.




Brisbanes first Crematorium!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Orleigh Park

The area of Orleigh Park was originally known as Coombes Swamp.  It later became known as Hills End.  As the names suggest it is a very wet area, and subject to disastrous flooding. Three major floods were in  1893 - 1974 and 2011.  In 1893 it peaked 3 times, in one month. (February, our wet season) This area was a very prestigious housing area, and in the 1893 floods all but one of the impressive houses were swept away.

In 1914 the park was built.  It is believed the name comes from the name of the house belonging to a John Williams that was swept away.  Orr/O" - descendant of; Lee living nearby.
The large Moreton bay and Weeping  fig trees were planted by the council and residents around 1918.

I had a lovely morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers making this sketch.  I also tried out something new, I discovered from a couple of other urban sketchers.  Read below..

Art Spectrum watercolour pad 150x400mm ink and bamboo dip pen.


See my ink pot!  Yes is is a specimen pot. chuckle..  I put gauze in it, and then I added black noodlers ink to dampen the gauze.  What a great idea.  A dip pen pot that is spill proof!!





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