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01-11-2016, 02:07 AM
Let The Journey Begin!

First sketch of the year was in the rain. :( All good intentions. We were heading to South Bank but it rained pretty hard so back up plans were made. We went to the Collectors Cafe at the Qld Museum and Sciencentre instead. We had a blast! Tuesday January 05

A4 Holcroft sketchbook - Lamy pen - noodlers black ink - watercolours

Fabriano Venezia sketcbook - Lamy pen - Noodlers black ink - watercolour.

Taken from the tables at the Collectors cafe. I am not at all sure what the glass structure is for, except that one can see a long way down inside it. The other building is the elevator to the lower level and the Art gallery. The tall building is the Meriton Building the tallest building in the CBD (not for long the Government building is surpassing it.)

This is the view from above the busway. I had just got off the elevator from the level below. To my left is the Museum and Sciencentre. I am on a covered walkway. The bridge is Queen Victoria Bridge, and the old buildings are the Treasury and land buildings now heritage listed. To the right over the river is the Expressway, and the Brisbane river.

Second sketchout SATURDAY 09
A4 Holcroft sketchbook p 2B mechanical pencil

Sitting in the sun at South bank sketching Number 1 Williams Street as it is officially called. Of course we Brisbanites affectionately call it the "Tower of Power"


Thanks for looking :)

01-11-2016, 02:41 PM
Great urban sketches.

01-12-2016, 05:20 AM
A very successful day :)

01-12-2016, 08:14 AM
Thank you Vivien and Debby

01-12-2016, 10:23 PM
Good sketches JJ.

01-13-2016, 05:38 AM
Thank you Sandra :)

01-13-2016, 09:17 AM
Wow, JJ! Love your accurate urban sketches, thanks for posting the photos with them to see just how true they are. You're great at capturing the essence of a scene, simplifying it without losing its identity. This is awesome.

01-16-2016, 07:08 PM
You are welcome Rob :)

01-16-2016, 07:38 PM
Had a great day with the Brisbane USkers group - It was overcast and spitting lightly, but a good breeze came up and blew the rain away. We sketched for 6 hours pretty much and had a blast.

A quick sketch while waiting for my friend come across on the ferry. Derwent watercolouble graphite in Holcroft A5 sketchbook


Sitting in the Medley Cafe at Dockside - same sketchbook and watersoluble graphite

Same sketchbook - Quick sketches of the sketchers sketching. :-)

A4 holcroft sketchbook



A4 Holcroft sketchbook



01-17-2016, 04:02 PM
That's a lot of sketching. How wonderful for you. Great sketches.

01-17-2016, 04:07 PM
Super sketches JJ. All that practise is really paying off.


01-18-2016, 10:49 AM
I really enjoy looking at your sketches along with the reference photos. Thanks for sharing. And I am so envious that you have sketching buddies!

01-18-2016, 11:34 PM
Wonderful work! I particularly enjoy the zigzag of the windows in the first sketch, and the way you captured the folds of fabric in the folded-up umbrella.

01-19-2016, 02:51 AM
Doug, Kate, Debby and EP, thanks so much for your lovely comments!

01-19-2016, 02:58 AM

Sitting on the veranda of Bishopbourne House - (St Francis Theological College Milton) looking at the Old Bishopsbourne Chapel.
I sketched this on 10" x 11" piece of Bockingford 140lb watercolour paper - Mechanical pencil 2B - Lamy pen - Watercolour.


01-19-2016, 08:36 AM
:clap: :clap: :thumbsup: Nice one JJ!

01-19-2016, 04:42 PM
Wonderful sketch peeking through a doorway.

Joan T
01-19-2016, 06:04 PM
Wonderful sketches to start off the year, JJ. You are really getting into the urban sketching. Love to see the photos of the people sketching too. Love the last one of the chapel.

01-20-2016, 04:31 AM
Thank you Darla, Joan and Debby :) xx

01-25-2016, 12:49 AM
JJ, I like how with your recent sketches you take those of us who have not been to Australia into your little part of the world.

Well done on these.

01-26-2016, 07:05 PM
Well done - I really like the archway scene.

02-02-2016, 01:58 AM
Sandra and John thank you. :wave:

02-02-2016, 02:24 AM
I have had nearly 2 weeks off sketching. Wow eh. Partly because I had family visiting from New Zealand and we had a blast every day for 8 days! We "did" 4 theme parks in 4 days :eek: We went to Outback Spectacular (http://outbackspectacular.com.au/), which was absolutely amazing.. We went to lunch, we went shopping, we went to dinner, and I did not sketch. :)

The other part is because I have bursitis in my shoulder and I had a cortisone injection in it a few days ago, and have to change my sketching habits. I have to keep my shoulders back when I sketch.

So today, I trialed a new for me easel. I have a wonderful Manfroto tripod that is so light I can pick it up with one finger. It has the u-beaut ball head on it.

I made an easel our of corflute board and attached a doofer in the middle to attach it to my tripod. It is awesome. I can sit on my Walk Stool and sketch at the right height for me. I can turn the easel in every direction I want and I can sketch without pain.


I am going to glue fridge magnets onto the coreflute so I can attach my travel palette too. I have a small water container duo that clips on as well. I will take photos next Saturday.


First sketch was done in a student Study room, part of the Library that opens around 09.00 I used Charcoal pencil and watercolour on Bockingford I think paper 11"x15"



At 10.00am we shot up to the RED BOX, it is fabulous up there. The room extends over the Brisbane river. It is glassed three sides and is airconditioned.



It was a super morning, and I am so glad to be back sketching...

02-02-2016, 02:55 AM
An ideal setup JJ.


02-02-2016, 03:32 PM
Your set up looks great. Glad you found a solution to keep sketching.

02-03-2016, 07:33 AM
Thank you Doug and Debby :)

02-03-2016, 11:58 AM
Sorry about your shoulder but so impressed with your solution! I'm inspired by your determination to keep sketching with your group.

02-04-2016, 07:37 AM
Thank you Kate very much :)

Joan T
02-05-2016, 08:25 PM
Looks like you found a great setup that works for you. Lovely sketches and awesome views! Glad you had a fun family gathering...sounds exhausting. lol

02-06-2016, 04:06 AM
Thanks Joan :)

02-06-2016, 04:14 AM
We had a fun day today. We dodged rain showers and sketched at South Bank.
My first sketch was sitting at an outdoor table at a bar. The bar didn't open until 11.00am so we were allowed to sit there and draw. Second sketch was after our coffee. I love our coffee time, we do show and tell each time and get to talk about our work and ask questions. Very informative..

No 1 Williams Street (The Tower of Power)
Bockingford 140lb cp 11" x 15"


Treasury Hotel
Arches p 140lb cp
11" x 15"



Thank you for looking..

02-06-2016, 04:21 AM
Super sketches JJ, especially the Treasury Hotel.


02-06-2016, 04:23 PM
Great sketches. Sounds like a good group to be part of.

02-06-2016, 10:24 PM
Thanks Doug!

It sure is Debby :)

02-07-2016, 06:27 AM
Nice sketches and the easel looks perfect ... And what great windows to work from :)

02-07-2016, 02:32 PM
Great job on these sketches, JJ! I am wanting to do some urban sketching and there is a local chapter, but architectural sketching is a bit daunting to me. I am planning on going to one of the outings before the end of the month regardless of my nervousness about it. :crossfingers: Your work is great inspiration.

02-08-2016, 12:03 AM
JJ, these turned out really good. I think you've found a great setup that would allow you to keep sketching. I really like this setup and think it would make sketching in watercolor quite a bit easier.

02-08-2016, 04:54 AM
Vivien Thank you very much.

John, architectural sketching is very daunting for me too. You see I am mildly dyslexic. I struggle with perspective. I do a light drawing in pencil first to get my angles, and I am constantly talking myself through my drawing. (this goes here, and that goes there)

My brain tells me that everything above the horizon line angles dow, and everything below angles up, but when I go to draw it, my brain turns it around. :eek: Next thing I see my down line go up, and my uplines go down. Thank goodness for graphite eh. :D
It takes me longer than the others to get down my drawing, but sheer determination and the love of sketching get me through. If I can do it you can. :thumbsup:

Sandra, thanks. I have actually had a Mark II Model made, and painted flat black. This will be much better so the sun doesn't reflect off it and straight back into my face with a glare that burns my eyes.

I will take a photo tomorrow..


Joan T
02-08-2016, 09:59 PM
JJ, you are doing so well on the architecture! I'm really impressed!!!

02-09-2016, 12:49 AM
Thanks Joan :)

Change of pace today..

02-09-2016, 01:09 AM
The tide was full, and the wind was blowing. I walked all around Newstead park looking for somewhere to sketch, and settled on a nice secluded spot at the back of the house.
There is a very old piscatorium there, a magnificent teak Crown Ash tree, and the Electrical Substation.
I trialled Mark II easel and I really love it..

First the Sketch :-)
Arches 11" x 15" paper. Indian ink and bamboo dip pen (I put the watercolour wash on last night)


Now my setup!

Manfroto tripod (Ball head)


Easel is 2ply

Plywood easel is painted matt black to cut out the sun glare. It really works, my eyes are not hurting today.


All set up with paper clipped on with bulldog cluips. My WalkStool to sit on.

Now the park... :)





Thanks for looking :)

02-09-2016, 01:30 AM
Nice sketch JJ. I like the tripod set up. I can't find my socket to fit on the Gatorboard to use my new tripod :rolleyes:


02-09-2016, 04:26 AM
Nice sketch and great idea to paint the board black

02-09-2016, 09:04 AM
Beautiful sketch JJ!!! and I like the set up...must figure out mine.

02-09-2016, 02:19 PM
Wonderful sketch. Thanks for sharing your easel set up. It looks great.

02-09-2016, 09:57 PM
Nice sketch and great idea to paint the board black
Yes, it is great. I got the idea from a photo from one of the Singaporean USkers.

Thank you Doug, Lynn, and Debby. :thumbsup: :wave:

02-13-2016, 07:33 AM
Sketching at Boundary Street Markets - The wind got up and it started to rain some, so I didn't quite finish it.
Bockingford paper 140lb cp
Bamboo dip pen and Indian ink

02-13-2016, 04:19 PM
Great sketch. Sorry about the weather.

02-13-2016, 05:23 PM
Thank you Debby. I love all weather, so it didn't matter. The main reason I didn't finish was i was so tired. I have been helping my daughter move house, and i am exhausted and i hurt. Nearly done, today is the last day, house cleaning is all that is left.

Joan T
02-13-2016, 06:17 PM
Great job on the scene with the tree and the one of the market. Plein air always has its challenges...wind and rain included. Here today we have bone chilling cold. I haven't left the house at all which is really rare for me.

02-14-2016, 07:04 AM
Hey Joan. Thanks so much. I hope it warms up for you some so you can get out and sketch.. :)

02-20-2016, 05:43 AM
It was hot, but breezy on the river, in front of the Gallery of Modern Art. I have a lovely morning with the Brisbane USking Group.

I tried out my new Elegant Writer Calligraphy pens. They are a lot of fun to sketch with, then spray with a fine mist of water, or use a water brush on them..

Firstly the pens. Made by speedballart.com I bought mine online, with free shipping. They took awhile to arrive but are so worth it.

I used Bockingford 140lb CP paper. 11"x 15"

I painted a swipe of cobalt blue and Australian Green Gold, mixed with a little of the Cobalt Blue prior to sketching.

I just loved the patina effect I got when I sprayed a fine mist on the paper over the ink.
I used my waterbrush for the lighter areas. There is a touch of yellow and red watercolour and on the cranes white gouache. I didn't like using the gouache, I couldn't get it to behave with fine brush or dip pen. (when I came home I hunted out my bottle of Bleed Proof White I got at Shelly's workshop a couple of years ago, and have put that in my plein air kit.)

I forgot the Bockingford was so soft, and was a bit hasty in peeling off the asking tape. I tore the paper a little at the top.

It was the cranes that drew my attention to this scene.

Thanks for looking :)

Scene Chaser
02-20-2016, 07:20 AM
Great use of those pens, JJ. Wonderful!

02-20-2016, 08:22 AM
Turned out REALLY well JJ!!


02-20-2016, 11:29 AM
JJ, I LOVE those pens, they are so much fun to draw and use water with! Wonderful sketch!

02-20-2016, 02:14 PM
Thanks for sharing your pens and process. Great sketch.

02-20-2016, 02:58 PM
Great new setup and supplies, JJ. Lovely sketches as well. The park sounds like it was a really cool place to sketch in. Keep going.

02-20-2016, 10:59 PM
Bill thank you. I have a blast experimenting with them.

Thanks Uschi, I had fun!!

Show me some of your stuff you have done with them Darla, I really would love to see. :)

Thank you Debby, my loyal supporter :heart:

Thanks Sandra. We do have fun at our twice weekly sketchouts. Brisbane City has so many gorgeous places to sketch and so little time to sketch them in :D

Joan T
02-21-2016, 06:24 PM
I love that last sketch with the Elegant Writer pen!!! It has such magic to the bleeding and diffused ink areas.:clap:

I've watched a few youtube videos by Karlyn Holman and she uses those pens a lot. She touches the lines with water to get them to bleed, but she also says that if you use a light mist sprayer on the lines, once those spots that were wet have dried the ink will be permanent and you can use watercolors over the lines. It is hard to get all the lines just damp without having the ink run, but if you are careful it does work. Her work with those pens is just great.

02-23-2016, 03:47 AM
Joan, I use both a fine mister, and a water brush. I love the effects..

02-23-2016, 03:53 AM
I just love sketching tree trunks. I had a blast today, sitting with a friend on a shady path sketching a Moreton Bay Fig tree trunk. As an added bonus a water dragon posed for me as well. :-D

Can you spot him?

Arches 140lb cp Elegant Writer pens, mister and water brush.

Thank you for looking.

02-23-2016, 07:41 AM
JJ, this is quite fabulous!!!!!!


02-23-2016, 11:28 AM
Lovely sketch JJ! yes, I see him :)

02-23-2016, 04:15 PM
Yup, found the dragon. Great sketch.

02-23-2016, 10:15 PM
Uschi, thank you :D I really am enjoying getting to know these pens..

Lynn, thanks. I have a video of him as well. I must upload it to utube. It is only short.

Debby Thanks. :)

02-23-2016, 10:21 PM

02-24-2016, 05:46 PM

02-24-2016, 08:37 PM
Fabulous sketch and I see the "dragon". Your values are amazing.

Vivien Maloney
02-25-2016, 12:59 AM
Hi Judy - Ive had a bit of a break from Art Journals, but just getting back into it again.
Great sketches in your Journal and I love the way you post the photos too. Beautiful job on the Morton Bay Fig. That Water Dragon was very keen to see what you were doing! :thumbsup:

02-25-2016, 11:39 PM
Your tree sketches are really well done!

02-26-2016, 12:45 AM
Very nice, JJ. I had a hard time spotting the dragon at first, but I found him.

I think it's great how often you get out to sketch on location.

02-27-2016, 04:11 AM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments :)

02-27-2016, 04:17 AM
We went to the Epicurus garden at South Bank today. It was stinking hot :o Some of us found a nice place to sit at a bench table with a huge umbrella over it.

I sketched this gorgeous Ficus..

I moved one of the Bottle Boab trees over behind it. ;) Sketched on Bockingford 140 lb cp 11" x 15" Elegant Writer Calligraphy pens and water.


Thank you for looking.. :)

02-27-2016, 11:31 AM
I really love the amazing range of tones you get in your sketches -- lovely work!

02-27-2016, 04:28 PM
The color gradient you got from the ink is super. Great sketch.

02-27-2016, 06:51 PM
Kate thank you so much.

Debby that ink is magical. I am loving it! :)

02-27-2016, 07:24 PM
JJ you are right, that ink is magical because you do magical things with them. Love it!!

02-27-2016, 09:30 PM
Gorgeous sketches, JJ. From my scrapbooking days remember Elegant Writer pens not being watersoluble, but you make look like they are.

02-28-2016, 12:18 AM
Thank you so much Uschi :)

Sandra, these ones are watersoluble. They are the Speedball brand (http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-elegant-writer-calligraphy-set/)..

Check out this video.

03-01-2016, 02:01 AM
Sketching in-between rain showers.. First day of march. First day of Autumn, and we have had intermittent rain showers all day. I love a challenge.

We sketched at the Brisbane City Botanic gardens. I started sketching the wonderful Caretakers Cottage, which is now the Gardens Club Cafe. I had only just started my pencil sketch when a flash shower happened. I took off for cover under the roofed area of the cafe, and rethought my sketch.

I liked what I saw looking straight out towards the city. (I forgot to take a photo)

Sketched on Bockingford cp 140lb I started with a Uni Pin 0.5 permanent ink pen, then switched to a 3.0 Elegant Writer.
The paper was quite damp from the rain, so it was exciting to see the effects I got, especially in the foreground. I used my fine water mister, and my waterbrush as well.


03-01-2016, 06:39 AM
lovely sketches - and thanks so much for that information. I love water soluble pens and the fact that it dries waterproof is brilliant! I've just ordered a set ..... like I need even more art supplies! but I can see how much I'll like them.

03-01-2016, 08:50 AM
Super sketch JJ, you are getting so skilled at this!

Vivien Maloney
03-01-2016, 12:35 PM
Lovely sketching! I watched the video of the Elegant Writer. Thank you for sharing and....ohhh, I must get one! I already have a set of Neocolors. Love them too.

03-01-2016, 03:04 PM
Lovely effects of the elegant writer on your sketch, JJ. I love playing with mine and I've always loved Karlyn Holman's work, she's a fabulous artist.

03-01-2016, 03:24 PM
Lovely sketch.

03-01-2016, 05:51 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments :) You guys inspire me.. :heart:

Lovely sketching! I watched the video of the Elegant Writer. Thank you for sharing and....ohhh, I must get one! I already have a set of Neocolors. Love them too.
I am off to search for Neocolours :D :thumbsup:

03-01-2016, 07:43 PM
Your ink sketches are really good - they are motivating me to get my inks our and start using them again!

03-02-2016, 01:48 PM
My pens arrived and I've had a really quick scribble. That video was very helpful to know their potential - thanks again :)

I'm putting the very very scribbly try out on my sketchbook page (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1399650) I just love that blotting out and it goes pink thing :)

03-05-2016, 07:49 PM
John I hope you do get your pens out, they are a lot of fun....

Vivien Yay!!!!!! Thanks for the link, awesome!!! Wait until you really get into playing with them. Be careful though, they can get away on you just like they did to me today.

03-05-2016, 07:53 PM
This is what not to do :lol:




Those who know me well know that I do post my good and my not so good. :lol: I am human.

Not so great today. I let the pens get away on me. I didn't stop. I was feeling you, have an ear infection, and it spitted rain, and I kept trying to make my work look better. I think it is a hoot. It is overworked, but hey, look at those delicious colours poking through!!! :)

Bockingford 140lb cp paper

03-05-2016, 09:21 PM
Really shouldn't be out in the rain with an ear infection. But, cool colors on that drawing.

03-06-2016, 06:42 PM
Debby, yes I know. I am paying for it. I am having 2 total days rest now. Sketchout again Tomorrow (Tuesday) I am a guest this time yay it will be fun.

03-08-2016, 07:04 AM
Bockingford 11" x 15" 140lb cp
Elegant Writer Calligraphy Marker
Uni Pin 0.5 black for the permanent lines
Water Mister

The General Post Office (abbreviated: GPO) is a heritage-listed post office located at 261 Queen StreetBrisbane - Built in 1872 and extended through to Elizabeth Street in 1908. It is still in use by Australia Post. Opposite the GPO building is Post Office Square.
The history of this site predates the 1872 construction of the Brisbane GPO by John Petrie. During the convict settlement the Female Factory or women’s prison was situated here, deliberately isolated from the rest of the settlement to keep the women away from the unwanted attention of other male prisoners and officers. With the old prison and one time police quarters demolished, colonial architect FDG Stanley came up with the Italianate design for the GPO and twin Telegraph Office. Although the GPO was completed in 1872, the central tower (a scaled down version of a more grandiose proposed clock tower) and Telegraph Office weren’t built until 1877-79.

03-08-2016, 07:45 AM
Nice one JJ! Love your variation in values and the wash.

03-08-2016, 02:27 PM
Great sketch. Sounds like you are on the mend.

03-10-2016, 06:17 AM
Thanks so much Lynn and Debby :)

03-10-2016, 06:31 AM
I was at the hospital all day today with a friend. I left home at 7.30am and walked back in the door at 5.10pm I am beat.
I did manage to get a little sketching in. I had forgotten my sketchbook, so went to the local artshop and bought a couple of things..


and sat in a recliner chair and sketched

Canson A5 270gsm rough. Micador Mega Marker. Pentel waterbrush and Staedler 0.5 black permanent ink pen

03-10-2016, 03:55 PM
How fortunate to have an artshop nearby. Great sketches. There is that feeling of "waiting" about them.

03-11-2016, 04:33 AM
Thanks Debby. This Art shop is attached to the University of Technology at South Bank. It is a 5 minute walk from the hospital Too handy :D

Minerva C
03-11-2016, 06:59 AM
The mega marker looks like it could be fun to draw with.

Minerva C
03-11-2016, 07:06 AM
I like your drawings. I usually bring sketching equipment to waiting rooms but rarely dare to use them.

Vivien Maloney
03-12-2016, 10:00 PM
Yes, the Art Shop would be too handy for me too! I have to mentally stop myself buying yet more art materials...on the understanding, I can never have enough! :lol:
I like your "waiting" sketches!

03-15-2016, 05:27 AM
Thank you both :)

03-15-2016, 05:31 AM
Bockingford 11' x 15' cp using Micador felt pen, Elegant Writer felt pen and Uni Pin 0.2 permanent ink pen.



Canson A5 270gsm rough
using Elegant Writer felt pen and Uni Pin 0.2 permanent ink pen, and watercolours.



03-15-2016, 06:58 AM
Lovely little sketches JJ. Careful with that sky.


03-15-2016, 08:43 AM
Super sketches JJ! I do like your wash effects.

03-15-2016, 08:55 AM
I love reflection in the windows of highrises!! Love the bicycles in the second sketch.


03-15-2016, 02:26 PM
Great sketches.

03-16-2016, 02:10 AM
Thank you so much Doug :)

Lynn, I really enjoy pushing the water to see how far I can go. I think this would be a blast on a big piece of paper..

Uschi, thanks. I was quite enjoying the bikes, but there were such a lot of them i go confused so simplified..

Thank Debby as always :)

Joan T
03-17-2016, 10:10 PM
JJ, hope you are feeling better. Glad you found a good way to pass time at the hospital with your friend. LOVE your recent sketches!!!

03-19-2016, 04:13 AM
Thanks Joan :) I am much the same at present..

03-19-2016, 04:21 AM
Today the Brisbane Urban Sketcher went to the markets at Davies Park (http://www.daviesparkmarket.com.au/) to sketch. Three of us chose to sketch the Gas Stripping Tower.

I used an 11" x 15" bockingford cp paper. Uni Pin 0.5 and watercolours. (I did a light sketch with my 2B mechanical pencil first)
You can see Iconic Moorlands House across the river, in front of the Wesley Hospital.


This is a Gas Stripping Tower..
The only one of its kind left in Australia today, this cast iron tower was made in England and shipped out in sections to the 1880’s established South Brisbane Gas and Lighting Company in 1912 in an effort to upgrade their production facilities. Its role was to strip raw coal gas of its impurities - ammonia and coal tar – and, not to be wasted, these impurities were then drained and sold as ammonia liquor. The Tower was decommissioned in 1949

Scene Chaser
03-19-2016, 07:27 AM
Nice one, JJ. Glad you included that beautiful tree.

03-19-2016, 04:32 PM
The sketch is wonderful. Thank you for including the history lesson too. :)

03-20-2016, 08:04 AM
Thank you Bill, and yes, that tree was way too beautiful to exclude :)

Debby thank you so much. I am glad you enjoy the history in my posts.. :)

Joan T
03-21-2016, 06:24 PM
Love the tower with the vegetation around it!

03-27-2016, 12:46 AM
Your urban sketches are really nice! The general post office scene really caught my eye.

03-27-2016, 07:55 AM
Thank you Joan and John, very much for coming in to look and your lovely comments. :)

03-28-2016, 01:50 AM
Good sketches, JJ. Sorry about your ear troubles.

04-09-2016, 03:14 AM
Thank you Sandra. feeling much better now :heart:

04-09-2016, 03:19 AM
Super sketching today with the Brisbane USkers. We went up to the kangaroo Point Cliff. I found a neat spot looking across the river at the "Tower of Power' Apart from getting eaten by tiny ants that stung like crazy, I had a blast.
Where I was sitting, I had a great view, with the famed Mt Coot-tha in the background, Stefans Sky Needle, Parliament House, The Wheel of Brisbane. So neat to get all those iconic things into one sketch without having to move them around.

This sketch, I drew looking through the fence to St Marys Anglican Church. It is a beautiful old church and was built in 1873 by Alfred Grant to a design by diocesan architect Richard G Suter. It replaced a timber structure built in 1849 on land closer to the river.



04-09-2016, 05:08 PM
Marvelous sketches. However, I think I'd have moved because of the ants.

04-10-2016, 08:21 AM
Thanks Debby, but I couldn't move, I was in the perfect spot. :lol:

04-12-2016, 01:56 AM
St Stephen's Cathedral was opened on 17 May 1874, superseding Old St Stephen's, which still stands alongside it. A Gothic Revival building built of porphyry and freestone, the new Cathedral was built in stages: The foundation stone was laid in 1863, with the intention of constructing a grand building to the design of architect Benjamin Backhouse. With the economic crisis of the 1860s, work on the building ceased in 1864, and when construction was resumed in 1870, it was to a smaller and simplified design by the Brisbane architect, R. George Suter. Two sandstone towers were added in 1884, and the sacristy and simple transepts were added in 1922.



04-12-2016, 02:19 AM
Nice sketch JJ, but if you show the side of a building the front shoul show some perspective as on the photo.


04-12-2016, 06:40 AM
Doug, I took the photo from a different place to where I was sitting to sketch. I was in an alleyway, in the shade, couldn't take the photo there it was too dark :)

04-12-2016, 08:35 AM
Your body of work continues to grow! These recent sketches are just lovely. The brush markers are fun to work with, aren't they?

04-12-2016, 12:04 PM
Nice ones :)

04-12-2016, 03:44 PM
Wonderful sketch.

Joan T
04-12-2016, 04:59 PM
Great job on the cathedral!!!

04-13-2016, 05:16 AM
Your body of work continues to grow! These recent sketches are just lovely. The brush markers are fun to work with, aren't they?
Yes, yes, yes. They are a load of fun, just add water :lol:

Vivien, Debby and Joan, thanks so much for stopping by.:wave:

04-16-2016, 05:13 AM
This morning was glorious, despite the weather forecaster saying it was going to rain. We headed to the Farmers markets at The Power House on the Brisbane River. I might note here, this is not the best farmers market, not much produce, a lot of everything else. I prefer the one in the city better, or even the West End one.
But no matter I wasn't really there to shop, I was there to sketch.

Where my friend and I were sitting was a two man band. They played their instruments beautifully, they had wonderful voices, but, they butchered every song they sang :eek: I did one sketch and had had enough. :lol:

Canson A5 270gsm rough - Lamy Safari and watercolour





What a glorious morning to go to the Power House at New farm and sketch with the Brisbane USkers. I chose to sketch the market stalls.

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Sketched on A5 Canson 270 gsm rough
Lamy pen and watercolours

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(Photo: Circa 1950 State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #74913)

The first stage of the New Farm Powerhouse was built in 1927-28 as part of the growing need for Powerhouses for the Brisbane Trams. The power station began operations in 1928, was decommissioned in 1971. It was renovated and re-opened as a modern entertainment hub in 2000.

04-16-2016, 05:37 PM
Sorry about the band. Great sketches.

Joan T
04-16-2016, 08:42 PM
Hard to sketch with distracting noise, but you did a great job! I like sketching at farmer's markets with all the activity.

04-23-2016, 05:55 AM
Thanks both of you. I too love sketching at the markets, great ambience. More enjoyable when one hasn't got bad earache :lol:

04-23-2016, 06:34 AM
It is ANZAC weekend here, so many people have taken the opportunity to go away for the long weekend, but three Brisbane USkers decided to stayed home and go out SketchCrawling.
It really was a blast - No better way to start a brand new sketchbook that with friends eh.

We started at the Mayne Medical School built 1938-1939

On to the Old Museum built in 1891 as the Agricultural Exhibition Building, and later other parts of the building were used as a Concert Hall and an Art Gallery. It is now the Youth Orchestra Conservatory.

Last stop the magnificent Jubilee Hotel. This gorgeous Hotel was built in 1887 designed by Richard Gailey, and it opened in 1888 - the same year that the Empire and Prince Consort Hotels, also designed by Gailey, opened too. The valley has the most amazing heritage listed buildings, a sketchers paradise.

Moleskine A5 lamy pen and cheap China pen. Noodlers black ink.

Mayne Medical School.
University of Queensland Mayne Medical School is a heritage-listed university building at 288 Herston Road, Herston, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Raymond Clare Nowland and built from 1938 to 1939. It is also known as University of Queensland Medical School. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 24 June 1999.

I was sitting right up there by the main entrance..

Looking at the back of Hippocrates

Second Stop.
Old Museum
The Old Museum was originally called the Exhibition Building and Concert Hall. It was built in 1891 for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association after Brisbane's first exhibition building, which had occupied the land, was destroyed by fire on 13 June 1888. At the time of the fire the building was being used as a skating rink.
In 1899, the Exhibition Hall became home to the Queensland Museum, with the museum remaining in the building until the museum's relocation to the Queensland Cultural Centre in 1986. During the Queensland Museum's 86 years in the building, other parts of the building were used as a Concert Hall and an Art Gallery. Because of the Queensland Museum's long occupancy of the building, the building is now known as the Old Museum.

This is what we were all looking at for our second sketch.

This was our last stop, and Leslie and I had lunch here as well. It was delicious.

The Jubilee Hotel was built in 1887 designed by Richard Gailey, and it opened in 1888 - the same year that the Empire and Prince Consort Hotels, also designed by Gailey, opened too. They valley has the most amazing heritage listed buildings, a sketchers paradise.

04-23-2016, 08:01 AM
Lovely sketch JJ, shame no-one turned up.

The World Wide Urban Sketches are in Manchester this year.


04-23-2016, 09:33 AM
Lovely sketch JJ, shame no-one turned up.

The World Wide Urban Sketches are in Manchester this year.

Doug Oh Doug, I know, the Urban Sketcher Symposium eh. Are you going? I have been thinking about it, what an opportunity, and I so love the UK.

04-23-2016, 09:42 AM
If I get details of their program I may hop on the train and go for a day.


04-23-2016, 07:56 PM
Great sketch. Sounds like a lovely time.

04-24-2016, 07:12 AM
I would love to go to it . It would be so good to talk to some of the people who are so good at urban stuff :)

Joan T
04-24-2016, 04:11 PM
JJ - Love your sketch. Looks like a good place for a sketch crawl. I did get out to sketch but didn't realize it was the World Wide Sketchcrawl until we got to the city yesterday. They used to send out an email reminder but they haven't lately. I almost missed it.

Manchester sounds like it will be fun. A group from here is going, but due to many things including my FIL's health, I just can't do it. Maybe I'll get to one some day.

04-26-2016, 10:32 PM
Enjoyed catching up with all your work. Your pen and wash work was motivation for me to get my fountain pens and inks out after not having used them for a few years. I'm looking forward to starting using them in my sketches again. Good job!

Saint Ragdoll
04-26-2016, 10:41 PM
How do you get a chapter of the Urban Sketchers started in your town? I would really love to get a chapter going where I live.

Saint Ragdoll

04-29-2016, 12:31 AM
Great pen and color sketches, JJ. I'd probably been sad about the band not letting me do more than one sketch if I were in your shoes.

04-30-2016, 09:32 AM
Sorry for the delay in coming back in, but I have been quite ill, and have spent the last week in bed..

Oh Doug, I know, the Urban Sketcher Symposium eh. Are you going? I have been thinking about it, what an opportunity, and I so love the UK.
Are they not on their website? One of my friend and fellow Brisbane USker Robyn Bauer is hosting a Workshop (http://www.urbansketchers.org/2016/02/activity-8-nature-in-city-body-language.html).

Debby, Viviene, Joan, John, Teresa, and Sandra. Thank you all for stopping in. Your comments are very encouraging.

Teresa, go to http://www.urbansketchers.org/ and ask here. (http://www.urbansketchers.org/p/contact-us.html)

04-30-2016, 09:32 AM
Manly Boat Harbour is now the largest boat harbour facility in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 3,000 dry standings and wet berths, plus two public boat ramps (one at each end of the harbour).

A number of boating clubs are based in Manly including the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, the Wynnum Manly Yacht Club, the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, and the Darling Point Sailing Squadron.

The Qld Yacht Squadron was founded in 1885, received royal charter in 1902, and added Royal to its title in 1961. Its members have competed at the Olympic Games (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/) since 1956. In 1970 the club made the news for preventing its female sailors from attending a function hosted by the club and attended by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/)

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Pastel pencil on a no name tinted 8.5" x 6" paper

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05-01-2016, 04:34 PM
Great sketch. Shame on them, keeping the ladies away.

05-04-2016, 08:59 AM
Thank you for popping in Debby :)

Munin Raven
05-06-2016, 11:01 AM
Great pen sketches. I really like the blue/purple colour washes.

05-10-2016, 07:25 AM
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Both sketches done on A5 no-name tinted paper, and black and white charcoal.

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St Martin's Hospital was erected as a war memorial to commemorate those who had served in the First World War. The hospital was named after St. Martin of Tours as the 11th of November (Remembrance Day) is his feast day. On 28 November 1922 the hospital was officially opened and dedicated by the then Governor-General of Australia, Lord Forster.

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For a period of fifty years until its closure in 1971, the Sisters with a staff of devoted nurses operated an efficient hospital in this building serving the Queensland community, true to its purpose of a living war memorial.
"Take heed lest ye forget"
Plaque :
St. Martin`s Hospital
Chruch Of England War Memorial
In perpetual remembrance of the sorrows and sufferings of the Great War and lest the spirit of sacrifice then kindled should perish from among us.
This hospital with those who serve here, is set for a living witness and appeal.
These words were inscribed on a silky oak plaque in the Entrance Hall of St Martin`s Hospital

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St Johns Cathedral, or part thereof.

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Saint Johns Cathedral has taken over 100 years to build, and it is still ongoing. The foundation stone of St John's Cathedral was laid in 1901. From 1910 until the mid 1960s, the building remained much as it was opened. The building is in Early English Gothic style, with many characteristics of French Gothic, built largely in local stone: external coursed rubble of porphyry, and internal freestone dressings of brown Helidon sandstone. The second phase of the building, comprising an extension of a further four bays to the nave, was commenced in 1965 and consecrated in 1968 by Archbishop Philip Strong. Again, a temporary west wall was constructed. The final phase of construction commenced in 1989, comprising the completion of the nave, construction of the south-west porch and west front, addition of the north and south towers, completion of the central tower, and the addition of the three spires. The completed building was consecrated by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall in October 2009 or so they thought, but...........

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These are 6 of the 29 life sized statues to be positioned on the front of the Cathedral.

05-10-2016, 07:37 AM
You are going great guns with your sketches JJ. I love the boats one.


05-10-2016, 07:47 AM
Thank you so much Doug :)

05-10-2016, 02:15 PM
Great sketches. Again, thanks for the history of the buildings you sketch.

05-11-2016, 09:10 AM
Love them!

05-11-2016, 09:19 AM
Thanks Debby and Jan :heart:

05-14-2016, 07:43 AM
The University of Queensland, UQ, is an Australian research university founded in 1909, UQ is one of Australia's oldest and most selective universities. You can read about the history of this beautiful and historical university HERE (http://www.uq.edu.au/about/st-lucia) You can read about the Great Court where I was sketching HERE (http://www.uq.edu.au/about/great-court), and about the Coats of arms I sketched and the Grotesques..

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The columns that support the cloister around the Great Court are adorned with coats of arms representing the tertiary institutions of the British Commonwealth, other significant international universities, and the UQ residential colleges. The external walls of the cloister feature archways and roundels that depict native Queensland flora and fauna and exotic and agriculturally significant species.

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Perhaps the most intriguing features are the carved stone caricatures or grotesques that decorate the outside walls of the Great Court. These portraits are popular because of the light-hearted quality they bring to the otherwise formal architecture. Their quirky designs reflect the whims of the stonemasons who created them. Subjects include UQ academics, fictional characters from literature, mythical creatures, a portrait of stonemason John Theodore Muller, and a self-portrait of sculptor Rhyl Hinwood.
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05-14-2016, 02:38 PM
Love the touch of whimsy on a very staid building. Great sketches.

05-15-2016, 09:03 AM
Thank you Debby :)

05-17-2016, 08:44 AM

A5 kraft paper and 2B mechanical pencil

Sitting on the grass first off I sketched the expressway, then I moved onto Kurilpa Bridge and sketched a portion of the "Tower of Power", then, I sketched a portion of the State Law Building, Brisbanites affectionately call the "Batman Building"

05-17-2016, 12:58 PM
Lucky you able to sit on the ground. I'd be afraid I couldn't get back up again. :lol: Great sketch.

Joan T
05-18-2016, 09:15 PM
I love that one of the boats!!! The sketches on the toned paper are really nice...super job on the details at the top of the column.

05-21-2016, 07:27 AM
Super day today. Three Uskers went to Ipswich to sketch the markets. It is a real challenge for me to sketch moving people, but I gave it my best..All sketches ere done in my A5 Holcroft 225gsm - Lamy pen and Unipin 0.8, and watercolours.



The duo is called Jabadaw

Rebecca played Greensleeves for us.







05-21-2016, 07:42 AM
Super sketches JJ.


05-21-2016, 10:07 AM
You had fun with this JJ! Love the first one expecially.

05-21-2016, 03:48 PM
Looks like so much fun. Great sketches.

Joan T
05-21-2016, 04:59 PM
Great sketches of the people. Love the photos too!!!

05-22-2016, 08:07 AM
Thank you Doug, Lynn, Debby and Joan. Practice makes perfect they say. I am going to practice more :D

Glynda B.
05-23-2016, 11:55 AM
JJ, you amaze me. You have energy to spare. Sketching people who are moving around and doing things always intimidates me. Good for you for practicing. I loved the sketches of the people in costume. It's one thing to sketch someone in modern dress, but to sketch people in costume is something else. You are so brave and into so much. Go to it!

05-24-2016, 09:09 AM
Thank you so much Glynda :)

05-24-2016, 09:15 AM
I had a lovely day today, sketching at St Johns again. I chose to sketch a portion of the war memorial Hospital. Whilst sketching, a couple of ladies came to look, they work in the offices in the now defunct hospital. One of them told me, that the portion I was sketching, used to be one of the operating theatres.


Sketched in my A5 225gsm Holcroft Sketchbook. Lamy pen and watercolours.


05-24-2016, 09:41 AM
Well done JJ!! It looks really good!

05-28-2016, 12:10 AM
Great sketches JJ. It is nice to see you explore different media.

05-28-2016, 05:54 AM
Thank you so much Sandra and Uschi :)

05-28-2016, 05:58 AM
11" x 15' Arches rough Hero fountain pen fude nib
Sketching figs trees with my friend Leslie. We sat on the path along the river. They yacht marina was on out right..

A4 pastel paper Hero fude nib pen and waterbrush

This is the corner of the rotunda shaped visitor information centre, in the middle of the gardens.

A quick sketch whilst waiting for another friend to finish her sketch. I didn't get it finished, sadly, as I was loving the shadows and values happening on the fauna.
A5 225gsm Holcroft sketchbook Hero fude nib pen and waterbrush

Thanks for looking :)

05-28-2016, 09:16 AM
Excellent sketches JJ! love the pen work.

Glynda B.
05-28-2016, 09:53 AM
J. J., I really liked the upper portion of that hospital. You're better than a magnifying glass. It made seeing the details up there so much easier, and you drew them so well.

I liked the fig tree sketches. I need one of those nibs; I've been tempted to get one for ages. I loved what you did with it.

05-29-2016, 12:35 AM
Thank you so much Lynn and Glynda :)

05-30-2016, 03:03 PM
Lovely, lovely sketches.

Joan T
05-30-2016, 08:27 PM
That crop of the hospital came out wonderful!!! Great job on these JJ! You seem to be willing to tackle anything lately.

06-04-2016, 07:33 AM
Thank you Joan and Debby :)

06-04-2016, 07:34 AM

06-04-2016, 07:36 AM

06-04-2016, 07:37 AM
Sketching at the Victoria Barracks Brisbane (Australia)

Army Museum South Queensland (formerly known as the Victoria Barracks Museum) is a Heritage-listed site containing many reminders of early life in the Colony of Queensland and the early days of the Commonwealth. The buildings date from 1864, for the British Imperial Garrison to specifications from the War office in London, although the majority were built just before or just after Federation. The Barracks is still in use today as a Tri-Service institution.

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All are Sketched in my Mont Marte A5 Sketchbook Pen and ink - watercolours

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This building was the stables. A false floor has been put in over the cobblestones and the building is now a function hall.

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Once the Stables, now a Function Hall

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Was once the Ammunition Magazine

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Officers Mess in the front, Accommodation quarters at the back

06-04-2016, 09:28 AM
Interesting location JJ, I like them all.

06-04-2016, 05:56 PM
Great sketches.

Joan T
06-06-2016, 09:33 PM
Nice sketches, JJ. I like the selected parts that you sketched of each building.

06-07-2016, 09:20 AM
Thank you Lynn, I loved being there, it really was interesting and the fact it is still operational well is awesome. :)

Thanks Debby :)

Thanks so much Joan :)

06-07-2016, 09:21 AM
Queens Park is a site that, being so integral to the early days of Brisbane, has a lot of history. The Anglican Parish of St John stood in this park from 1854 to 1904, and it became the pro-cathedral when the Diocese of Brisbane was created in 1859.

The gardens were originally called the Executive Gardens, after the Executive Building, but were renamed Queens Park when a statue was dedicated to Queen Victoria was erected.. The old Executive Building has been refurbished and is now the Conrad Treasury Hotel. The gardens were renamed Queens Gardens, but known these days as Queens Park.

A statue of TJ Ryan, who was Premier of Queensland from 1915 to 1919 stands with his back to the Queen on the North West corner. The statue was sculpted by Bertram MacKennal and was commissioned by public subscription. It is situated at the entrance to the park on the corner of William St and Elizabeth St.

Queens Gardens was established in its present form in 1963, after the buildings which had occupied the area had been demolished. A statue of Queen Victoria, based on an original in Portsmouth and created by English sculptor Thomas Brock, was unveiled in 1906 in the gardens in front of the Lands Administration Building.
Also in the gardens is a Royal Australian Air Force memorial and field gun.


Trophy of British Valour The trophy of British valour is a German World War I field gun located in a corner of the gardens. It was presented to Queensland by Lord Kitchener, on behalf of His Majesty King George V on 18 August 1917.

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I sat in the sun on a park bench and looked across George Street, and a tiny Historical Building - Sutton House (1928) Nestled amoung the huge high rise buildings (Sketch number one)
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Sketch number two, I turned towards the Treasury Hotel, and saw the "Tower of Power" peaking over the top. This hug4e building is almost finished externally.
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Scene Chaser
06-07-2016, 11:08 AM
Nice ones, JJ. I would love to sketch the Sutton House. Love the old buildings, new ones not so much.

06-07-2016, 02:58 PM
Brilliant sketches. Like the old building still standing between the newer high rises.

06-07-2016, 03:01 PM
lovely sketches

06-09-2016, 07:59 AM
I am with you Bill. I do prefer to sketch the old buildings. Thanks for stopping by :)

That poor little building is so getting dwarfed Debby. I love sketching it, it has an unusual roof-line, and you have to sketch from a side, not front on.

Vivien thank you :)

Joan T
06-09-2016, 08:17 AM
I like the contrast of the new buildings and the old building. Nice job, JJ!

Munin Raven
06-10-2016, 11:58 AM
Nice architecture sketches. You seen to have an eye for finding interest in things many would overlook. :thumbsup:

06-11-2016, 08:37 AM
Thank you Joan. I do feel for that Historic Building though :)

Thanks so much Munin. :)

06-11-2016, 08:38 AM
What a fabulous day. Out with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/usk.bne/) sketching all day at History Alive 2016
History Alive is a combination of Roman, Viking, Medieval, Napoleonic, Colonial and World War activities to appeal to a wide audience. Colonial dance workshops, Viking cooking demonstrations, historical talks, Medieval Tournaments and WWI battle re-enactors are just a few of the opportunities visitors have to connect with history.
The iconic Fort Lytton is the perfect backdrop for such a unique event where more than 400 re-enactors and historians portray and display 2000 years of history.

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German Red Cross and soldier

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This gentleman owns the Studebaker truck below.

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06-11-2016, 06:31 PM
That sounds like a lot of fun. You got some really nice costume sketches.

06-11-2016, 10:54 PM
Great work JJ. Particularly like the unfinished faces that just suggest form.

06-13-2016, 10:56 AM
Debby, it was a lot of fun, a long day. I was in awe of the full body contact with real weapons :eek: Oh and the Victorian rein-actors who went swimming in the freezing river with the bull sharks :eek:

Thank you Lulu for stopping by :) I like to draw the faces without features, it is becoming my signature. :)

Joan T
06-13-2016, 09:55 PM
Wonderful sketches of so many costumed figures. It looks like a really fun day.

Munin Raven
06-24-2016, 07:59 AM
Very nice figures and costumes. You must have been spoiled for choice when it came to subjects to draw.

06-26-2016, 06:58 AM
Joan thank you for popping in. Yes it really was a super day, loads of fun too.

Munin, thank you. We are very spoiled here in Brisbane, there is always something going on to sketch :) The Event was overwhelming. So many costumes, so little time ..