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08-02-2015, 02:05 AM
What a great day yesterday. 14 of us went down to the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to the old naval stores now Riverlife (http://www.riverlife.com.au/) to sketch.

There a are so many chices to draw, that we are going to go back next Saturday too.

Here are the four that I did.


Naval Stores is a heritage-listed storehouse. It was built from 1886 to 1900s. It is also known as Naval Brigade Stores and Naval Depot. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_Heritage_Register) on 21 October 1992.



This structure is one of a series of seven viewing platforms or arbours along the main promenade adjacent to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs


This building was across river, too far to take a photo with my phone.
It is -
It was/was the Old Mineral House, and is a heritage-listed warehouse at 2 Edward Street, It was designed by Richard Gailey and built from 1888 to 1890s by William Anthony.


Fossil Fish by Christopher Trotter at kangaroo Point. It was challenging sketching this. He used a heap of old metal bits and pieces, including strings to make this sculpture set in concrete. It is just wonderful.

Thank you for looking :-)

08-02-2015, 02:31 PM
You've an artist's heart and soul, sketching seems to add delight to your life.
Good stuff; a joy to view.

08-02-2015, 04:26 PM
Great sketches. Like the bit of color to your white on black. I have to say the fish fossil sculpture is quite something. Great sketch of it.

08-02-2015, 08:18 PM
Thank you Debby. That Fish sculpture was definitely a challenge to draw.

08-02-2015, 08:19 PM
Sandee, you are so sweet. I absolutely love the Urban Sketchers group, they are such a great bunch of people. We encourage each other..

08-02-2015, 08:35 PM
Love these white on black sketches! Very powerful and accurate, thanks for the photos and stories to go wih them. Unusual, great journaling technique! Fossil Fish is so beautiful.

08-03-2015, 02:02 AM
Thank you so much Robert for your comments. Glad you enjoyed them, and the photos.:) I think it sometimes helps to see what one has sketched and a story about said sketch too.

08-04-2015, 10:43 PM
I'm a big, big fan of white on black :)

08-05-2015, 04:13 AM
Love the fossil fish :)

08-05-2015, 07:07 AM
Thank you EP and Vivien for looking in :)

chammi kaiser
08-08-2015, 05:15 AM
JJ, you are really prolific and your joy in sketching really shows. I enjoyed these black and white sketches very much. Excellent work on that metal fish sculpture drawing.:thumbsup:

08-08-2015, 06:22 AM
Thank you Chammi for looking in and your lovely comment :)

08-08-2015, 06:58 AM
I was pleased to go back to Riverlife today with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers.

This time I sketched in my Holcroft A4 225 gsm sketchbook with a 0.8 Uni Pin pen and watercolour.



Thanks for looking.

08-08-2015, 03:48 PM
Great sketch. Love that you left the cranes in.

08-08-2015, 10:55 PM
Thanks Debbie. That building is going to be Brisbanes tallest. 259.8 m (852 ft)
Construction cost of the tower is expected to be $538 million, with a total development cost of over $650 million. It is to be completed in late 2016

It is called the "Tower of Power" with tongue in cheek, as it is to be the new Government Offices.

It is a huge White Elephant, and Queenslanders are going to have to cover the rent to the tune of $10.5 million per annum over the next 15 years Grrrrr

The saddest part of all this...... Historical buildings some from as early as 1854 were on this site. It disgusts me that the government don't preserve the building, move them elsewhere, but no. They razed them.

They are going to do the same for the new Sky Tower and Queens Wharf that is to be built. Arrrrrgh!

08-09-2015, 02:35 AM
That's terrible JJ! Not the sketch of course, it's great, but the lack of respect for history, torn down in the name of "progress" just kills me. I think here in the US we are generally doing a better job of persevering history than we used to, but money still talks the loudest.

08-09-2015, 08:13 AM
Yes, David, the lack of respect for our history is appalling. We do have many buildings on the heritage register, that are "safe". But, what is safe eh?

The Conrad Jupiters casino is owned and housed in our historic Treasury Building. There is progress happening in our city with the go ahead for the new Queens Wharf.

The interior of the treasury building will never be the same, with alterations going to be made for retail outlets and the like. It is incredibly sad.

Queens Wharf (http://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/major-projects/queens-wharf-brisbane.html)

I love that the facades will be all the same as they were in bygone days, but it really saddens me when these wonderful historic buildings are gutted and rebuilt in the name of progress.

Joan T
08-16-2015, 12:28 PM
JJ - I love seeing your urban sketches!!! I like the white on black sketches...something I've never tried. I find that with the outings with my urban sketching group I've visited places I've never seen before and I've lived in and around the NYC area all of my life. Thanks for sharing!

08-17-2015, 02:34 AM
You are welcome Joan. Do get a black sketch pad and white Gel Pen and give it a go. It is a lot of fun. The two brands I have used are Hybrid white gel pen and Signo. Signo have two. A regular nib and broad.