Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers in Queens Park

Super fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers in Queens Park Brisbane.  Queens Gardens is a heritage-listed park located on a city block between George Street, Elizabeth Street and William Street in the Brisbane CBD. It was built from c. 1905 to 1990s  It is soon to be transformed, with the Queens Wharf development happening. It is a bittersweet development.  

Our historical buildings in this area are going to be re-purposed..  I am saddened that only the facades of the historical buildings are on the Heritage Register.  The interior of these amazing buildings are fabulous too.

This is the Tower of Power dwarfing the historic buildings below. 
Queen’s Wharf Road and William Street are two of the oldest streets in Brisbane.  The two historic buildings in my drawing are the Immigration Depot (later to become the national trust House)  The building was erected in 1865-1866 It was located adjacent to the Queen’s Wharf, which was the point of arrival for thousands of immigrants entering the new free colony between 1848 and 1897. Queen’sWharf was located in the area now known as the north bank of the Brisbane River.
and the Commissariat Store  which  was originally built by convict labour under the direction of Captain Logan as a permanent Commissariat Store for the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. Presently, the restored and renovated building operates as the headquarters for the RHSQ, housing the museum

 These statues are situated in the Queens gardens.  The gardens were originally called the Executive Gardens for the Executive Building  and later changed after the statue of Queen Victoria was erected. Queens Gardens is a heritage-listed park located on a city block between George Street, Elizabeth Street and William Street in the Brisbane CBD  It was built from c. 1905 to 1990s

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers in Spring Hill

I had a really fun morning in Spring Hill today with the Brisbane City Sketchers.
The weather was kind, only a couple of spits of rain, some blue skies and sometimes sunshine.  What more can an Urban Sketcher want :-)  
Spring Hill is an old part of Brisbane City,  and was so named in the nineteenth century because the hill on which the suburb was built was the source of the creek that was Brisbane's first fresh water supply. 

 Sketched in my handmade 7.5 x 8 inches sketchbook Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper.  Lamy pens with different size nibs and watercolour.

 My first sketch was of the Ballow Chambers. I have wanted to draw this building for ages.
The building was designed by Lange Leopold Powell and built from 1924 to 1926 by John Hutchinson.
From 1865 Wickham Terrace started to become the focal point of Brisbane's specialist medical practices.
This building was named after Dr David Ballow, onetime Colonial Surgeon and then the first doctor to establish a private medical practice in Brisbane. Ballow died in 1850 of typhus as a result of treating patients at the quarantine station on Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay. There is a plaque commemorating Ballow fixed to the front wall of the building.

Second drawing
The prisoners were made to work a rat-wheel as punishment to grind the flour in the windmill as it was then. . One slipped and fell and the captain in charge would not let them stop. The man was ground up I can imagine that they did not waste a speck of that flour either.

 Third and last drawing :-)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers at Pancake Manor

Fun Morning this morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers at Pancake Manor sketching inside on a wet Tuesday Morning.  There were six of us today, one coming up from the Gold Coast and one coming down from the Sunshine Coast.  talk about dedication.
The sketching was fun, and the pancakes were awesome.

Pancake Manor was originally Saint Lukes Church of England. It was designed by John Smith Murdoch and built  by John Steward & Co. and was dedicated on 14 August 1904 
  Sketched in my handmade (by me) sketchbook 7.5 x 8 inches Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper (HP)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Brisbane City Sketchers in South Brisbane

What a wonderful morning we had.  Three of us came out to sketch the historical South Brisbane Train Station.  It was a challenge for me as the humidity is really very high today, and i don't cope well on these days.. it is sitting on 70%

South Brisbane Station
The first station was constructed in 1884 on the corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets and opened as Melbourne Street railway station.
The second and current building was constructed on higher ground in 1891 as the terminus for the new rail extension from Boggo Junction (now Dutton Park railway station)
South Brisbane station was intended as a temporary terminus, pending an extension of the line across the river, so only two platforms were constructed. However, after the 1893 flood washed away the Albert Bridge over the Brisbane River at Indooroopilly, the South Brisbane station served as the principal terminus for all southern and western rail services for the next two and a half years.
A 1912-1913 proposal to expand South Brisbane station to a six platform station reflected the increasing importance of the southern rail network, both as a passenger service and as a goods line. This work was undertaken between 1914 and 1918.

 Sketched in my Art Spectrum Sketch pad 180x250mm
I started with pencil, then watercolour and finished with pen.

Monday, February 26, 2018


Fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers in Fish lane South Brisbane this morning.  
A little history of Fish lane;
In December 1849, the Church of England acquired 1 acre, 3 roods, 8 perches of land on the
Southern side of the then ‘bridgeless’ Brisbane River for the purposes of building a church, school
and parsonage. The vacant land stretched along a block facing Melbourne Street in the scattered
settlement of South Brisbane, bordered by Grey Street on the south and Stanley Street on the north
(which at that time ran right through the suburb past Montague Road to the river).
Within a few years a small church, St Thomas’, was built on the site, set back some way from its
Melbourne Street frontage. This, only the second episcopal church in Brisbane, was a modest
building of ‘brick and rubble’, fenceless in a field from which cows and goats would occasionally
stray inside. During the week a school was run in the church and over the following decades
improvements to the building were gradually made and parishioners increased.Fish Lane, named after Mr George Fish was the track the parishioners use to get to the Church for services.
The church has long gone, and progress has taken over.
The PALADAR FUMIOR SALOON is one of the last remaining Art Deco Guest Houses.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sketching in the Cultural Precinct

Wonderful morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers, eight of us came out to make art today.  We started at the Abutment on Victoria Bridge, and ended at the Collectors cafe  Qld Museum.

The Chai Cart on the Abutment.  fabulous coffee! The tracks you can see are remnants of the Tram Tracks of Bygone days..

Santos Place Brisbane sketched from the Collectors Cafe
Santos Place is a 6 Star Green Star office building in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2009. It was formerly known as Northbridge before major Australian oil and gas exploration production company Santos bought naming rights for the building in January 2009. Santos occupies eight levels.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Roma Street Parkland

Sketching with my friend on a very hot summers day in the Spectacle Garden at Roma Street parkland. The Spectacle Garden at Colin Campbell Place displays a vivid array of colour all year and includes a collection of flowers, herbs, water features and art works.Colin Campbell Place is in horticulturalist.

History of Roma Street Parkland
Pre-1825 – Local indigenous community used the area for meetings and ceremonies
1825 – Roma Street Parkland area was part of the original Brisbane settlement
1875 – Adjacent train station built as part of the main western railway to Brisbane linking Ipswich to Toowoomba
1911 to 1934 – Extensive redevelopment in the area, to support the increase in services
1920 – Massive excavation removed 554,300 cubic metres of earth, permanently altering the steep terrain creating the current day artificial escarpment and the boundary of the former Albert Park
World War II – Roma Street train station used for transporting war materials and military personnel up north
2000 – Construction of the current Roma Street Parkland
2001 – Updated Roma Street Parkland opened to the public
Both sketches done in my A4 Holcroft Sketchbook Pen and Watercolour.


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