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.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sketching at Kangaroo Point..

Wonderful morning sketching this morning, with the Brisbane City Sketchers at Kangaroo Point. The morning started off wet, but the sun soon came out and it was a glorious day.

A4 Holcroft sketchbook watercolour and ink.

Saturday, September 30, 2017


The Brisbane City Sketchers went to the Japanese garden at the Mount Coot-tha gardens today to sketch.  It was a fabulous morning, much fun and laughter.

A5 Holcroft sketchbook lamy pen loaded with carbon ink.

Watercolour added.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Acme Engineering Works

I had a lovely morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers,  sketching the HB SALES Building (Acme Engineering Works) on Margaret Street Brisbane. Designed by Frank Longland and it was built in 1912.

This whole area right down to the Botanic gardens was known as Frogs Hollow.  Frogs Hollow was a low-lying area that stretched from Elizabeth St down to the river at the Botanical Gardens and bounded on the other two sides by George St and Edward St.
If you walk along Edward Street down to Smellie and Co there is a cafe there with Christopher Trotters artwork on the wall and a plaque paying tribute to Frogs Hollow.

The area was not only a swampy area, it was also a bad area, with brothels, in fact it became Brisbane's red light district, where prostitution, sly grog and even opium dens were the norm'.

  A4 Holcroft Sketchbook - Lamy pen, and watercolour

Both of these buildings (there are 2 side by side) Acme Engineering and Watson Bros.. are heritage listed, thank goodness.
Acme Engineering Works remained in the premises until 1928, after which it was owned by Charles Jeays who operated in plumbers' supplies. After WWII the building was occupied by Gardiner Batteries and then HB Sales from 1958. The last couple of inhabitants appear to be vendors of bicycles and accessories.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Manly Esplanade and The Three Monkeys

First up was sketching at the beautiful Manly Boat harbour.  Manly Boat Harbour is now the largest boat harbour facility in the Southern Hemisphere, and a fabulous place to go sketch.  So many nooks and crannies to go draw.
Today, however, I decided to sketch the esplanade.  It was way too hot for me to sit in the sun.  Go figure, it is only spring here..

5.5" x 7.5" Sketchbook (double page) Lamy pens (I have 3 - Fine nib  - Medium nib - Calligraphy nib.)

Sczcepans work is phenomenal!
After lunch I piked up a friend and headed to the city to sketch.  Again it was so hot, that we headed to the Three Monkeys cafe, and over a Ginger Crush (drink) we sketched.

Same sketchbook as above.

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