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01-06-2017, 11:41 PM
I had the greatest of pleasure making a plein air commission in the last 2 days of 2016. I sat on the verandah of a fabulous house looking at beautiful views of Moreton Bay. I wasn't able to post these before today, I had to wait until my client gave her sister her gift.
I started my commission by doing 4 thumbnails of the view in front of me, then I discussed with my client what she wanted and I made a pre-drawing.
The final photo is what she asked for.. It was a lot of fun, even though it was terribly hot. We had a heat wave at the time.
These are the thumbnails I made
This was sketched in my A4 plein air sketchbook
The view is magnificent. One can see St Helena Island on one side and King Island at Redland bay the other..
This is the preliminary sketch under the clients instruction. Done on Art Spectrum Acid free Mould made cp watercolour paper.
16" x 06"
The finished artwork as per her request.
01-07-2017, 06:38 AM
Great pen and watercolour combination, JJ. A lovely scene.
01-07-2017, 08:37 AM
Nice one JJ!
01-07-2017, 10:05 PM
So cool! Love seeing that you had to "make notes" to prepare yourself for this :)
01-08-2017, 05:16 AM
Thank you all very much. I had to work to the clients wishes. :) She was happy so am I..
01-09-2017, 01:23 AM
Those are absolutely lovely! And the view is great too, look at how blue that sky is and those colors on that tree.
01-10-2017, 07:04 AM
Thank you so much otherworlder :)
01-10-2017, 07:05 AM
Sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/) this morning. What a lot of fun, there were 11 of us for the first sketchout of 2017
A4 sketchbook unipin pen and a splash of watercolour
01-10-2017, 03:17 PM
Great thumbnails and final piece for the commission. Those always make me nervous doing them. lol Nice sketch from your first outing of the year with the other sketchers.
01-10-2017, 11:02 PM
Fascinating building (looks and history) to sketch/study :)
01-11-2017, 07:52 AM
Thank you Joan and EP xx
01-13-2017, 12:12 PM
Lovely sketch again, you really captured the texture of those brick walls! Love those colors too.
01-14-2017, 07:24 AM
off to a good start :)
01-14-2017, 08:05 AM
Thank you both :)
01-21-2017, 03:10 AM
Sketching in Fern Gully at Roma Street parkland
A4 Sketchbook fountain pen and watercolour
Sketching at Brisbane City Gardens
01-21-2017, 12:04 PM
Sketching the views in the mirror sculpture might have been dizzying or might have been the opportunity to sketch what you see not what you know :)
01-22-2017, 06:23 AM
I was tempted to sketch what was in the sculpture but the heat was blinding, and there was no shade closer to the thing..
01-22-2017, 08:48 AM
Nice sketches and photos of the gardens. I like how your first sketch there focused on small details rather than the whole scene. Nice!
01-24-2017, 12:55 AM
Thank you so much for popping in for look Joan :)
01-24-2017, 12:58 AM
I am a Dedicated URBAN SKETCHER:-
I have been a member of Urban Sketchers for about 9 years now, and I am a Blog Correspondent for the Australia Urban Sketchers Blog. I love being an Urban Sketcher, and the comrade of fellow sketchers. We are a big family, helping and supporting each other, and sharing our sketches with the world.
Today the Brisbane City Sketchers sketched in Adelaide Street in the City. I sat in the Sparrow and Finch Cafe (love that name) and sketched the iconic Koala House.
A4 sketchbook - Lamy pen and watercolour
Koala House used to be an Australian Souvenir Shop.
Long gone, changed hands many times, and I think the
Koalas are now registered on the heritage Register.
01-24-2017, 01:04 AM
Oh ho! Koala House sounds like a great place to visit :)
Intrigued about this place I took a look on Google Maps Street View. Seems the photo from May 2016 shows a "Queensland Country Credit Union" with a yellow sign on the sidewalk-level of Koala House. So I take it Koalas like to bank with credit unions, hey? :)
01-24-2017, 08:46 AM
Wonderful sketch JJ!
01-25-2017, 06:00 AM
EP Koalas are very smart critters ;)
Darla thank you xx
01-27-2017, 11:31 PM
That's a really interesting sculpture and I think your sketch captured its essence well!
01-28-2017, 12:47 AM
Thank you very much otherworlder
01-28-2017, 12:48 AM
Gresham Lane is what is left of the magnificent Gresham Hotel. The hotel was designed by JH Buckeridge and built by Henry Holmes. below is an early photo.
The Gresham can lay claim to a couple of bits of history. The documents that incorporated Qantas were signed there in 1920, when Hudson Fysh, Paul McGuinness and Fergus McMaster met to inaugurate the airline. The Gresham was one of the earliest buildings in Brisbane to install electricity - it came from the power station that was erected in 1887 behind the GPO in what is now called Edison Lane - and the hotel was able to include the necessary electrical fittings during construction
The hotel was also a player in the infamous 1942 "Battle of Brisbane", where Australian and American service personnel locked horns in the intersection right outside the Gresham. Undoubtedly some of the antagonists would have been drinking there, but also the hotel's verandahs were a vantage point for many, including war correspondent John Hinde who was on a balcony overlooking the melee. He stated "The most furious battle I ever saw during the war was that night in Brisbane. It was like a civil war The Gresham was demolished after a the great flood in 1974. The national Australia Bank was built in it's place. The lane-way remains as a reminder of times past
The new Gresham (http://www.thegresham.com.au/about-the-gresham/the-gresham-history/) is in the NAB building.
Some of the BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/)
01-28-2017, 12:53 AM
Such a cool story!
01-28-2017, 01:29 AM
Hi, JJ --
I swear Your flags are actually WAVING! : )
01-28-2017, 01:57 AM
Super sketches JJ and a nice bit of history.
01-28-2017, 06:28 AM
Thank you so much EP, Lynn and Doug. :)
01-29-2017, 09:49 AM
JJ,all of your Urban Sketches look good. Every year around this time, I tell myself "Self, as soon as it warms up we are doing some sketches out and about in town". Out and about hasn't happened in a very long time, this year it will.
01-31-2017, 01:43 AM
Royal Exchange Hotel Toowong. Architect Richard Gailey
The railway reached Toowong in 1875, and by 1876 there was a Railway Hotel across the road from the station. The hotel changed its name in 1884, and became the Royal Exchange.
It is popular with local office workers and also University of Queensland students due to its proximity to the university. The hotel is heritage listed. It is a Brisbane icon.
Super morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/)
A4 sketchbook - Unipin pen and watercolour
01-31-2017, 02:22 AM
Excellent sketch JJ, you have a talented group.
01-31-2017, 08:08 AM
Your perspective looks just fine, JJ. You are lucky to have such a fine group to sketch with.
01-31-2017, 10:38 AM
Love your background story, photos of the place, sketches, and photos of the group with their sketches :)
01-31-2017, 11:10 AM
Morning all wakey ------ wake Char its morning .
Have to go to eye doctor this afternoon its the earliest time i can get in at short notice . I can’t keep my left eye open feels like something is in there , This seems to be happening more often these days . The doc said at the last interview was eye with eye bath with baby shampoo in the water . it does help but doesn’t seem to last , can’t stop it weeping .
JJ nice little painting you have there . Im half way thro Bill's new challenge it is a hard one for pen and ink blut one has to try stuff that you'r uncomfortable with .
I wonder why there is always fewer men painters than women ?
Have a nice day everyone .
02-04-2017, 12:47 AM
Thank you Doug. yes there are many talented people in our group. They are inspiring.
Thank you Bill. :-)
Thank you Ep for your kind words and support xx
Thank you Les for popping in..
02-04-2017, 12:47 AM
Fabulous Morning sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/) at captain Burke Park
The Story Bridge is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia. The bridge is part of Bradfield Highway and connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. The Story Bridge opened in 1940 and was tolled until 1947. It is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.
The former Brisbane Customs House, constructed between 1886 and 1889 to a design prepared by Charles McLay of the Queensland Colonial Architect's Office, was in use by the customs service for nearly a century. It is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical style, with its grand colonnades and portico, and a dome which still manages to be a major feature on the landscape, despite being overlooked by adjacent high rise office and apartment blocks.
A4 sketchbook and unipin pen
02-04-2017, 09:20 AM
Well done, as usual.
02-04-2017, 12:18 PM
Oh yay! I get to visit Australia and see it and learn about it through your artwork! :)
02-04-2017, 01:20 PM
Beautiful work, well done. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
02-04-2017, 08:04 PM
JJ, I love it that you live in Australia and give all that information along with your delightful sketches! You keep luring me to visit someday if I ever get the money.
02-05-2017, 07:37 AM
Thank you Char, you are very generous xx
EP what a lovely thing tos ay. Thank you xx
02-05-2017, 12:09 PM
some nice work and I agree - a talented group and interesting to read the background and history :)
02-05-2017, 10:46 PM
Great sketches JJ. I especially liked the Koala House and the page of 4 smaller sketches. Your group really gets around!
02-07-2017, 12:42 AM
Thank you so much Greg.
Robert, I hope you do come for a visit Down Under. Let me know if you do..
Vivienne thank you. I do love going out with this group.
Thank you Joan. Yes we like to keep it interesting, and for me being a Brisbane Greeter, and Tony my other active admin who was am architect in the city, we should have most of the best places covered :-)
02-07-2017, 12:44 AM
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 bt 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 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/) 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!!
02-07-2017, 01:55 AM
A nice spot JJ. The ink pot is a good idea, I have read people using a sponge in the jar to hold the ink too.
02-07-2017, 07:28 AM
Looks like fun, JJ. I like the thick, dark lines.
02-07-2017, 07:59 AM
A beautiful spot to spend a hot day! Like your sketch very much!
02-11-2017, 04:36 AM
A nice spot JJ. The ink pot is a good idea, I have read people using a sponge in the jar to hold the ink too.Doug
That is also a good idea. I am loving the gauze, so far no mishaps at all. Miracle for me :D
Thank you so much Bill. Yes something a little different for me thickening up the lines. I did it again today.
Lynn, thank you so very much xx
02-11-2017, 04:38 AM
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!
02-11-2017, 04:48 AM
An excellent sketch JJ.
02-11-2017, 01:32 PM
As usual, a very neat sketch. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
02-11-2017, 03:21 PM
Love your ink specimen solution. Thank you for yet another glimpse into Brisbane :)
02-12-2017, 06:19 PM
Great sketches, JJ. The specimen jar with the ink and gauze was something that Kiah Kiean uses in his workshops where he uses Chinese ink and a twig. I'm taking a class with him at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago. I also use the specimen jars for my painting water when I go out. They rarely leak. lol
02-19-2017, 04:11 AM
Thank you so much Doug
Greg thanks you are too kind :)
Thanks EP xx
Joan thanks for that, I had seen it originally online and couldn't remember who, maybe it was him, if he is an Urban Sketcher. I saw a video. I love the idea of the ink/gauze, the spec pot was all i had on had :p
02-19-2017, 04:12 AM
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)
02-19-2017, 04:59 AM
An excellent sketch JJ.
02-19-2017, 08:08 AM
nice one :)
I read about the gauze in the inkpot recently from an English artist - I must try it.
02-19-2017, 04:59 PM
Great job on the ferry terminal. It has a nice shape to it.
03-08-2017, 06:21 AM
Thank you Doug, Vivien, and Joan xx
03-08-2017, 06:21 AM
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
BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/)
03-08-2017, 06:52 AM
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.
03-08-2017, 09:34 PM
Love visiting Aussie through your work!!
03-08-2017, 09:42 PM
Thank you xxx
03-09-2017, 09:46 PM
Great job on the sketches of the baths...impressive inside and out. You made the houses look better than IRL. Glad you had a good time sketching with your friend.
03-11-2017, 05:03 AM
Thanks Joan. I did really enjoy sketching with Leslie, it is such fun to get out impromptu like that :)
03-11-2017, 05:04 AM
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 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/)
03-11-2017, 09:36 AM
Your pen and ink is gorgeous, JJ.
03-11-2017, 12:57 PM
JJ, your sketch looks great. This looks like an incredibly complex structure to draw. Well done.
03-12-2017, 07:12 AM
Thank you so much Char and Greg :)
03-13-2017, 08:56 PM
Great sketches with the dip pen!!!
03-14-2017, 02:25 AM
Thanks Joan. Next time I am in the city i am going to try a twig and ink :-D
03-14-2017, 02:26 AM
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.
03-14-2017, 10:44 AM
Do you sketch a place first and then do research about it? Or do the research first and then sketch it?
03-15-2017, 05:42 AM
I usually research the places I sketch, to get familiar with them. If I have knowledge, I feel connected to my subject and feel I can sketch it more intimately.
Sometimes prior research is not possible, like when I see a subject while out and about and just "have to stop" :-D
03-15-2017, 10:12 AM
03-19-2017, 06:12 PM
Glad you got the sketches done before the storm. Looks like a nice place to eat...too bad the food wasn't as good as you hoped.
03-20-2017, 09:19 AM
All in a days Sketching Joan.
Tomorrows sketching due to lack of interest, due it the rain hat is coming :p
03-27-2017, 01:58 AM
This last weekend, the Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/) went to Toowoomba for the whole weekend. My good friend Brett Danvers organised the whole thing and it was a fabulous weekend.
Toowoomba's colonial history traces back to 1816 when English botanist and explorer Allan Cunningham arrived in Australia from Brazil and in June 1827 discovered 4 million acres (16,000 km²) of rich farming and grazing land, which became known as the Darling Downs, bordered on the east by the Great Dividing Range.
The city is full of fabulous historic buildings, gardens everywhere. The Toowoomba railway station opened in 1867 and the magnificent building still stands. There are more than 150 public parks and gardens in Toowoomba.
The Toowoomba Japanese Garden (http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-gardens/parks-by-location/darling-heights-japanese-gardens) is the largest, most complex and traditionally designed Japanese Garden in Australia. It was named Ju Raku En by the designer - roughly translated it means long life and happiness in a public garden.
Christs Church in Margaret Street
It is now Quest Hotel Apartments.
Saturday night was night sketching. What fun. Four of us settled in on the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Streets and sketched the Gelatisimo cafe
This one is done in Copic markers
No 5 Godsall Street
03-27-2017, 03:26 AM
Excellent sketches JJ, you had a great time.
03-27-2017, 08:40 PM
Wonderful sketches from the weekend!!! I love that you went night sketching. That is so hard to do. Were you prepared with a light so you could see what you were doing?
03-28-2017, 09:27 AM
Doug thank you, yes I had a wonderful time..
Joan, thanks, yes it was hard night sketching, with no headlight, but I did have a blast. I didn't have a headlamp, I never thought of it.
I do love a challenge eh.. :)
03-30-2017, 08:15 PM
I love urban sketches, yours are wonderful. You've inspired me to find a group of my own.
04-08-2017, 07:01 AM
Sculpta if you can't find a group of your own, do what i did and start your own. I started the Brisbane City Sketchers 6 years ago. It was a very tiny group to start with, now it has grown into a large and happy group. We have a blast when we go out :)
04-08-2017, 07:02 AM
Great day sketching at the fiveways today, also known as Woolloongabba Village. The buildings are heritage listed and it is a nice place to be. Antique shop, coffee shops, even a violin maker.
This wonderful heritage 1928 listed building has been restored and is a Multi-use Space for music performances. music rehearsal space, and performance venue. It is wonderful to see these lovely old buildings re-purposed. The Substation was originally built as a Tram Substation.
Way down that road is the Broadway Hotel. It was not so hard to see from where I was standing, but what I drew was all I saw of it.
04-11-2017, 02:23 AM
This beautiful building was built in 1888 it is the oldest Polo Club in Australia. The building was built initially in 1864, extended in the late 1870s, but substantially rebuilt in 1889 for the Australian United Steam Navigation Company. It served for almost a century as a shipping office. In 1988 major external and internal alternations were carried out in converting the building into premises for a club. In 1914, MacDonald Hamilton & Co became agents for AUSN and instigated internal renovations (c. 1915-20), including silky oak panelling on the first floor. They were also responsible for the change of the name to Naldham House which was the firm's telex address, derived from a subset of their name MacDonald Hamilton. The building is on the Heritage Register.
A4 Holcroft Sketchbook and mechanical pencils.
If you want to join the Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/)on a sketchout look for us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/), or message me and I will put you on our email list. Cheers.
04-11-2017, 03:18 AM
A beautiful sketch JJ, you are getting to be a dab hand at architectural subjects.
04-11-2017, 08:59 AM
Thanks Doug. I did struggle with this one changing the angles a few times, and I didn't get it finished, but it was a huge learning curve.:)
04-11-2017, 10:30 AM
Excellent work JJ. I really enjoy the historical info you include with your sketches. I can tell you that if I were in your end of the world I would join your group, from the photos, you all look like a fun group.
04-11-2017, 01:27 PM
Excellent work JJ. I really enjoy the historical info you include with your sketches. I can tell you that if I were in your end of the world I would join your group, from the photos, you all look like a fun group.
Thank you for continuing to share :)
04-12-2017, 07:25 AM
Thank you Greg and EP :)
04-15-2017, 04:17 AM
Fun Morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/)sketching the historic Broadway Hotel.
It was designed by John Hill and son and built 1889-1890 by Whooley and Whyte. In 2010 a fire torn through the hotel destroying most of the interior, and because it was under insured the owner at the time, a Doctor, walked away.
The building has been sold now, 7 years later and plans are in the making to redevelop it. Lets hope they retain the original building.
A4 Holcroft Sketchbook - Mechanical pencil (school type one - Unipin pens 03/05 and watercolour
04-15-2017, 04:26 AM
Terrific sketch JJ, it was worth the effort.
04-15-2017, 08:32 AM
Thank you Doug. I am pleased with how I am progressing. It sure is fun. :)
04-15-2017, 10:20 AM
Woo hoo! So cool!
04-16-2017, 07:45 AM
:D EP Thank you, you inspire me. :)
04-19-2017, 11:56 PM
The Nepal Peace Pagoda in Brisbane, is located at the transformed Brisbane World Expo '88 site, South Bank Parklands. It is one of the most significant heritage items in Brisbane from the hosting of the Expo. It is the only international exhibit remaining on the site. In 1991 it was moved to its current location, amongst the rainforest near the northern riverbank entrance to the Southbank Parklands
The Peace Pagoda was built by German architect Jochen Reier (APAC) on behalf of the Kingdom of Nepal. Immediately, 80 tonnes of indigenous Nepalese timber were sourced from the Terai jungle forest of Nepal, carted across to the capital Kathmandu where 160 Nepalese families worked for two years at crafting its diverse elements. These were then shipped to Australia in two 40-foot containers and one 20-foot container, where they were assembled at the Expo site by a handful of Australian workers under Nepalese supervision. The final assembly for World Expo '88 only took a few days.
Holcroft A4 Sketchbook Unipin pens .03 and .05
(A4 Holcroft Sketchbook - 125 gsm perfect for pen and watercolour too)
The Grand Arbour at South Bank is 1 km long and it is fully covered with gorgeous purple bougainvillea. The is fully decorated with pretty red Chinese lanterns right now in readiness for Buddha Birth Day Festival.
6" x 8" pen and watercolour (Art Spectrum Wash Pad)
04-20-2017, 07:57 AM
04-20-2017, 10:30 AM
Great fun, JJ! Nice sketch of a lovely scene. Some beautiful shapes to work with.
04-20-2017, 10:36 AM
Wonderful sketch and background to the Nepal pagoda structure :)
04-20-2017, 05:47 PM
JJ, the hotel and the pagoda are wonderful. You nailed some hard architectural challenges like the rounded tower-like structure on the hotel. Great job!
04-21-2017, 09:38 AM
Thank you all so much I appreciate your comments. Did none of you notice the big boo-boo I made in the pen and ink drawing. :lol:
04-22-2017, 05:15 AM
The Barden Water Tower was built in 1927 to supply Paddington with water. It was designed and built by the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board on Archibald's Hill, some 100 metres above sea level. The tower itself is over 21 metres high, holding 100,000 gallons of water. The water came in from Enoggera Dam and was pumped into the tower by an electric pump driven by the power grid that supplied electricity to Brisbane's trams. This was one of several water towers constructed around this time in such suburbs as Albion, Enoggera and Tarragindi. The Paddington tower is somewhat different in that it has been built on concrete columns, and it may be the only one of its type in Queensland.
The Bardon Water Tower was placed on Listed on the Heritage Register in 2000
Art Spectrum 6" x 9" sketch pad and pen
04-22-2017, 05:17 AM
A complicated structure to draw Judy, you did well.
04-22-2017, 08:23 AM
A great sketching exercise, JJ. Excellent job!
04-22-2017, 10:01 AM
Very well done, as usual.
04-24-2017, 09:02 PM
Great job on the architecture of the water tower!
05-02-2017, 06:10 AM
Sketching at ANZAC SQUARE Brisbane - ANZAC means Australia and New Zealand Army Corp
6"×9" sketchbook and unipin pen 0.05 watercolours
05-02-2017, 06:33 AM
St James Catholic Church to sketch. Beautiful Church, a place to revisit. The church was built around 1913
While I was sitting on a bus stop across the road from this beautiful building, I heard bagpipes playing. I had to go investigate, so ran across a 4 lane busy road to see :lol:
The was a lone Scotsman playing the pipes on the corner of the property. There was a group of people at the side of the building, so i went over and asked them why he was playing.
He was piping for the bride.
She finally came and while this beautiful wedding was going on inside complete with bagpipes playing I sketched the side of the building. I skipped off before the wedding was finished to finish the front of the building, and to see the bride and groom as they came out of the church.
It was totally magical.
05-02-2017, 06:49 AM
The Brisbane City Sketcher went to the kangaroo Point Cliffs for a sketchout. The Cliffs Cafe offers amazing views across the river..
6" x 9" sketchbook - pen - watercolours
05-02-2017, 07:01 AM
Sketching the Heritage Listed Boggo Road Gaol with the BRISBANE CITY SKETCHERS (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/)
Boggo Road Gaol was a notorious Australian prison and is located on Annerley Road in Dutton Park.
In 1863, land off Boggo Road was surveyed and set aside as a government reserve before being proclaimed a gaol reserve in 1880.
Boggo Road Gaol opened in 1883 as the Brisbane Gaol. It was used mainly as a holding prison for those serving short sentences or on remand. Its initial infamy came from it being a place of execution. In 1903, a new purpose-built separate women's gaol was created.
Today, the prison is open for the public to visit through guided historical tours run by Boggo Road Gaol Pty.
A4 Sketchbook and unipin pen
05-02-2017, 07:32 AM
I love how much you get out to sketch and the stories behind the drawings :)
05-02-2017, 07:49 AM
A super series of sketches JJ.
05-02-2017, 08:28 AM
Nice sketches JJ
05-02-2017, 09:56 AM
Really nice work. You have been busy. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
05-02-2017, 10:41 AM
Love the hints of colour in the crowd in the eternal flame drawing. Well done on that old gaol with the striped façade. I know some buildings in Verona Italy are also striped and I must look into the architectural style behind those stripes.
05-03-2017, 09:19 AM
I love how much you get out to sketch and the stories behind the drawings :)
Thank you Vivienne :)
Thanks Doug, Les, Greg, EP.
EP Do share what you find out xx
05-04-2017, 02:57 PM
Your architecture is getting better and better. Too bad the bride and groom didn't see the sketch of the church...you might have had a sale.
05-08-2017, 09:10 AM
Thank you Joan I am trying xx Now there is a thought, maybe I shouldn't have run away so quick :)
05-13-2017, 09:12 AM
The Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/) went to South Brisbane today. The Fish Lane Festival was on and there were all kinds of food and live music. It was a lovely way to spend four hours. :)
6" x 9" Sketchbook
05-13-2017, 10:19 AM
Super sketches JJ, love the dinosaur.
05-13-2017, 02:37 PM
Wheee! Dino :)
05-14-2017, 08:24 AM
Thank you Doug and EP xx
05-20-2017, 09:27 AM
"The Boat Club (Kangaroo Point Cliffs)
6"x9" sketchbook - mechanical pencil and watercolour.
Sketching in style. :)
05-20-2017, 09:54 AM
Lovely spot on the water JJ, you found a nice spot to focus on, not easy in the city. Well done!
05-20-2017, 09:58 AM
Whoo hoo love the name Kangaroo Point. Lovely sketches! And wonderful red hair on the artist :)
05-21-2017, 05:25 AM
I havent visited your Sketchbook this year but what a wonderful experience it is!
Love your sketches your photos and all your info on Brisbane. Ive holidayed in Brisbane a couple of times, but Ive learnt more about it from your sketches than I ever did when I was there! Cant wait to see more. :clap:
05-21-2017, 06:03 AM
Lynn thank you so much for popping in, and your kind words..
EP aaaaaaaw love you girl!
Vivien, thanks so much. Brisbane is a wonderful City and if you are here again, let me know :)
05-21-2017, 08:33 AM
Great sketch of the view along the water...and the dinosaur. You have such a variety of subjects to sketch.
05-23-2017, 07:10 AM
Thank you Joan :) I live in a fabulous City!
05-23-2017, 07:11 AM
Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/) hit captain Burke park today. It was a wonderful morning.
05-23-2017, 09:14 AM
Love how you show:
- the item
- the sketch
- the sketch in progress with tools used etc.
- the happy people and their sketches :)
05-24-2017, 09:42 AM
Thank you EP xx
05-27-2017, 06:11 AM
The University of Queensland (http://www.uq.edu.au/about/great-court) is a beautiful place to go sketch. There is so much to see, from magnificent buildings, and lakes and more.
Today we chose to sketch firstly in Wordsmiths cafe then in the Great Court.
I was sitting in Wordsmiths Cafe sketching the Co-op
6" x 9" sketch pad fountain pen and watercolour
Richards Building, named after Henry Caselli (H.C.) Richards (1884-1947), first Professor of Geology at UQ, and a dynamic teacher, administrator and academic.
Wordsmiths Cafe is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy good conversation, and to sketch
Great Court is a heritage-listed university colonnade at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Jack Hennessy, junior and built from 1937 to 1979.
The Great Court took more than 40 years to complete, and played a key role in World War II when it housed the Advanced Land Headquarters of the Allied Land Forces in the Pacific, headed by General Sir Thomas Blamey. A 1945 bronze plaque commemorating this period can be found in the Forgan Smith tower.
Designed by state government architects Hennessy, Hennessy & Co in the mid-1930s, the Great Court was created as a modern take on the European quadrangles of monasteries and universities. It was to be “original in conception, monumental in design, and embodying the Australian spirit of art with English culture” to fit in with Vice-Chancellor JD Story’s hope that the University would be a “gem in a beautiful subtropical setting of hill, dale and river”.
.....a small group of Brisbane City Sketchers today
05-27-2017, 08:29 AM
Great sketches, JJ. Nice to have sketching friends and a lovely cafe.
05-27-2017, 08:31 AM
You are having a wonderful time JJ, great sketches.
05-27-2017, 09:02 AM
As always, your sketches and postings are a delight and you certainly don't shy away from the complicated.
05-27-2017, 10:57 AM
it's like a virtual tour :) you have a great group to sketch with
05-28-2017, 08:55 PM
Your work on the girders of the bridge is excellent!
05-29-2017, 05:42 AM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments. No Greg, I sure like a challenge :lol:
I do have a great group to sketch with, they are wonderful friends too.
05-30-2017, 02:59 AM
Beautiful autumn morning sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/) in the historical "Gabba" Village.
Woolloongabba, "Wulonkoppa" and comes from an Aboriginal word, and there are different interpretations as to its meaning - either whirling waters or fighting place. Home to the Brisbane Cricket Ground since 1896. The area is an ancient waterway, and there are underground springs there. The village is full of wonderful historical buildings, cafes and bars.
The Moreton Rubber Building was built in 1890, and house the shops. The owners of the shops lives upstairs in the second story, where they had verandas and french doors opening out onto them. A beautiful sight, and magnificent building. Sadly the verandahs have gone, the french doors boarded up and turned into fixed windows. makes part of the facade of the building where they once were look terribly sad.
My sketches were done in an A4 sketchbook, pen and watercolour and the Moreton Rubber one ink wash. I filled 2 waterbrushes with diluted fountain pen in. Great wat to make values sketches.
This heritage listed building is now a bar/bistro. The interior is amazing, loving restored and when you walk in the doors you are taken back to a bygone era.
05-30-2017, 10:32 AM
I like the colours in your sketch and in the photo of that bar/bistro with the cheerful orange façade :)
05-31-2017, 03:58 AM
Thank you EP xx
06-03-2017, 11:12 PM
The Brisbane City Sketchers had a wonderful afternoon at Fernberg, at the Governors Open House (http://www.govhouse.qld.gov.au/government-house/about-government-house.aspx). This is a magnificent Historical building built in 1865. The name Fernberg is German for distant mountain. Fernberg is a working vice-regal residence - a unique combination of private residence, busy office, public symbol of the State’s prestige, guardian of important traditions, and proud protector of the State’s history and heritage. The property has changed hands multiple times during its lifetime, but has been the official residence and workplace of Queensland Governors for more than a century.
It is presently occupied by the present Governor of Queensland His Excellency the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC (Companion of the Order of Australia)
A4 sketchbook - mechanical Pencil - Watercolour
His Excellency the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC came and chatted to us while we sketched.
06-04-2017, 03:04 AM
A lovely sketch JJ. More darks!
What a thrill to meet the governor.
06-04-2017, 09:14 AM
Your loose approach with this sketch is really lovely, JJ. And, you included people in your work! I do agree with Doug that it would benefit from more variation in your values.
06-05-2017, 01:42 PM
Nice sketch of the historic village as well as the opera house. How great that you met the governor!
06-08-2017, 07:30 AM
Doug and Char, yes you are both right, more darks. :) Char I am glad you noticed the people. :thumbsup:
Thanks Joan and yes it was an interesting meeting.Save
06-10-2017, 04:05 AM
Wynnum Manly has managed to maintain its rich history as one of the oldest areas of Brisbane. The Bayside suburbs offer an abundance of heritage buildings, places and landmarks that tell a story from indigenous occupation to European settlement, the threat of invasion and the development of a seaside community.
The jewel in the crown of Wynnum-Manly is the Manly Boat Harbour. This impressive harbour is the largest small-craft harbour in Queensland and is a safe haven for hundreds of crafts. It was established in 1958 and in 1964 the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron moved its clubhouse to the harbour. The stone breakwaters at the harbour entrance provide protection and a handy place to fish.
This is a favourite place4 of mine to visit and sketch and paint, as it is only a 15 minute drive from my house.
Manly Boat harbour
Saunders Waterford watercolour paper 11" x 15"
Graphite and watercolour
It was a great adventure, the three of us talking our heads off about art for well over an hour. a friend of mine who lives locally, a fellow Brisbane Greeter joined us for coffee as well. It was a fabulous morning!
06-10-2017, 06:35 AM
Looks like you had a lovely time, JJ.
06-11-2017, 01:30 AM
I did Bill :) Thanks for stopping by.
06-11-2017, 09:31 AM
Very nice sketches, particularly the last one.
It is nice to have some company for the sketching party.
06-11-2017, 01:06 PM
Very nice sketch of the Harbor. I always enjoy looking at your work. There is a joy in your sketching. :clap::clap::clap:
06-12-2017, 08:38 AM
Maria thank you and yes, it is lovely to have company. That is why i started the Brisbane City Sketchers over 6 years ago. It is a great group, people have come and gone, but some have stayed right from the start, and they have become wonderful friends.
Greg, thank you, what a lovely and kind thing to say. :)
06-14-2017, 05:38 AM
What a crazy day it was. I was going sketching at the Old Museum (http://oldmuseum.org/) at Bowen Hills. I caught the train to Fortitude valley. All good. Got off train, turn on GPS on my phone and set off for a 8 minute walk. Simple huh. Noooooooooo. Not simple, I did not realise my GPS was still set to drive and not walk, so my GPS thought I was a car and took me on a long, long walk. 2 hours in total pretty much. 😂
Consequently, instead of arriving to meet the other Brisbane City Sketchers sketchers at 0900. I arrived about 1045. I was bedraggled and damp. It was raining as well. It was quite an adventure, and we all had a good laugh about it ..
I bought a coffee first up eh, then settled in to sketch the Coffee Kiosk.
06-14-2017, 06:41 AM
Nice sketch, JJ. Sorry you had a horrible adventure, and in the rain, too.
06-14-2017, 06:59 AM
What a day you had! Good for you to settle to draw. Fascinating brickwork on that building!
06-14-2017, 08:00 AM
In spite of everything, you managed a lovely sketch JJ.
06-17-2017, 07:59 AM
Bill, Lynn, and Char thank you for stopping by.
Bill, my adventure wasn't horrible, it was a typical day in the life of JJ :lol:
Lynn that building is absolutely gorgeous. The architect George Henry male Addison is amazing. I love his work.
Thank you so much Char. :-)
06-17-2017, 08:04 AM
What a wonderful day. We had a blast sketching this magnificent building and afterwards looking around inside (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155521959967975.1073742109.592602974&type=1&l=dd79518ed4). It was a fun morning with good people.
This is an amazing National Trust property was saved in 1965 It is a Heritage listed property.
The house was built in and is the oldest surviving residential farmhouse in the district of Wacol
Wolston Farmhouse was constructed in 1852 on 640 acres Dr Stephen Simpson established a horse and cattle station there, naming it after his Warwickshire birthplace. Stephen Simpson was a learned man—a doctor, Justice of the Peace, Police Magistrate and later member of the first Legislative Council of Queensland. Little wonder he was appointed Crown Commissioner of Lands following the closure of the Moreton Bay penal colony in the 1840s.
Pen and watercolour
I wish i had sat in a different place so I could sketch the whole building. Next time :-)
The coffee shop opened for the first time today, and we were spoiled.
06-17-2017, 08:09 AM
Nice work JJ. :clap::clap::clap:
06-17-2017, 08:13 AM
Thank you so much Greg! :)
06-17-2017, 08:19 AM
And it sounds like a joyful journey, too.
06-17-2017, 08:22 AM
Needless to say I very much regret not being around Brisbane.:wink2:
06-17-2017, 08:29 AM
Nice job JJ that looks like such fun!
06-17-2017, 08:41 AM
Nice sketch, JJ. Love the old buildings and what a nice group of people you had with you.
06-17-2017, 09:00 AM
Fascinating JJ, thanks for the album, right up my alley! And delightful sketch too!
06-20-2017, 05:34 AM
Thank you all for coming in to look. Yes Lynn I was thinking of you out there sketching. :)
06-20-2017, 05:35 AM
This beautiful heritage listed Fortitude Valley Wesleyan Methodist Church, constructed in 1871. is occupied by a chair maker at present, but they are moving out this week and the building is up for sale. It is of Gothic design.
Architect George Simkin designed this building, and it was constructed by Blair Cunningham for about £5,000.
This Fortitude Valley Wesleyan Church was the leading church of its denomination until the Albert St Wesleyan Church was completed in 1889. In 1898 the various brands of Methodism combined, and this church became known as the Fortitude Valley Methodist Church. In 1977 there was a further religious rationalisation with the formation of the Uniting Church, the combination of Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists. As a result of that union, this church was no longer needed, and the building was decommissioned in February 1977.
A4 sketchbook - mechanical pencil - pen - watercolour
Having some fun with colour and splatter
06-20-2017, 07:48 AM
Nice sketch, JJ. A nice time together.
06-20-2017, 09:11 AM
Nice sketch JJ! That looks like a lot of fun, and beautiful photos!
06-20-2017, 10:43 AM
Fun colours on the church :)
I like the "finished" painting by the fellow at the farmhouse with the large expanse of greenery/grass in the foreground and the white "frame".
06-20-2017, 11:41 AM
I really like this! And I'm such a fool for spatter! :lol:
06-20-2017, 02:27 PM
Another nice day, and sketches.
Thank you JJ.
06-26-2017, 08:28 AM
Thank you all so very much for popping in. It sure was a fun sketchout day.
Char me too, but I don't do it enough! Will see what tomorrow brings at New Farm..
06-26-2017, 07:07 PM
Great sketches and sketching adventures, JJ.
I like how you're using a bigger sketchbook now than when you started this thread it seems. May I ask which sketchbook you are using (or what paper if it is a handmade sketchbook)?
06-27-2017, 07:48 AM
I am using a Holcroft A4 Sketchbook 225gsm medium paper. I love it, tough enough to take watercolour, smooth enough for pen and ink. Only 20pges per book but worth it.
06-27-2017, 07:53 AM
Fabulous morning out with the Brisbane City Sketchers
Abbott Street was the beneficiary of Mr Kennedy. Mr Kennedys gift to his neighbours was to plant a row of Camphor Laurel trees down each side of the street. He said he was inspired by 41 Merthyr Street. There was a Camphor laurel in the gardens. This is said to be the first camphor Laurel in Brisbane.
A4 sketchbook graphite watercolour pen.
Our beautiful River City
06-27-2017, 08:02 AM
Nice sketch in the circumstances JJ. Not keen on the splashes.
06-27-2017, 08:45 AM
Lovely sketch JJ! A beautiful neighbourhood.
06-27-2017, 03:36 PM
Very nice sketch, JJ. You have catched well the place.
Nice moments afterwards, as usual, hein?:wink2:
06-29-2017, 10:16 AM
Thank you for your comments :heart:
06-29-2017, 11:24 AM
Very nice work. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
You sure do have a beautiful part of the world to sketch in.
06-30-2017, 05:39 AM
Thanks Greg, and yes, I do live in a very beautiful place. Always sunny, well nearly always :D
07-03-2017, 01:09 AM
JJ, thank you for your reply. I thought that with you being in Australia you would probably be using a sketchbook I couldn't get my hands on, so was mainly wondering about the weight. 225gsm sounds like a dream when you're working with watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink.
07-03-2017, 02:44 AM
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07-03-2017, 07:20 AM
JJ what a marvelous city sketch group and I love your sketches!
07-03-2017, 07:37 AM
Thank you Linda xx
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