You may be finding it difficult to adapt to the changes in the city skyline and pine for the Brisbane of the good old days. Some folk are recording Brisbane's built environment through the availability of the mobile phone, but others are harking back to the days of Lloyd Rees and praising the current Brisbane scenes by pollie turned artist, David Hinchliffe. Both have used their artistic skills to record that which may not be with us for much longer. Brisbane City Sketchers are following in their footsteps.
The Broadway Hotel is one magnificent building dating back to 1890 which may be lost to "development" after a disastrous fire in 2010. The facade remains. One hopes this is kept intact when "development" takes place in the very near future.
Broadway Hotel 2017
JJ Bell's Interpretation
JJ Bell, preserving history through art
One early recorder of Australian scenes was Cedric Emmanuel, an etcher, painter, and sketcher. His records of Australian urban scenes eclipse those of any individual photographer, and his drawing of "Brisbane Civic Hall" is a true representation of one of the iterations of our "new Civic Square" aka King George Square.
King George Square as it is today is extremely controversial because of its lack of sympathy towards our sub-tropical climate. Whatever our sentimental memories are of this foreground to Brisbane City Hall, this scene may puncture many a fantasized memory. However, there is no denying that the fountain was a tribute to our climate, a point which the current Lord Mayor may finally be recognising by announcing a competition for the design of a fountain for King George Square. One wonders how many folk will remember truthfully today's Square in 20 years' time.
Brisbane City Sketchers puts out the welcome mat for anyone who wants to sketch the beautiful City of Brisbane. You don't have to be a local; many a friendship has been forged with interstate and international visitors who have taken up temporary membership with this friendly group of like-minded folk. It is a very sad day when they return to their homeland, leaving memories of fond friendship behind, and taking artistic souvenirs and best wishes with them. Some of those memories include the delicious food served up at the various Brisbane eateries where the group meets to put their artistic talents into play.
Fun, food and friendship
Brisbane City Sketchers enjoy a sketchout twice a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays, using any medium they desire. The sketches are done onsite, in real life, and not from photographs. Their motto is "Impressions of our City through an Artist's eyes". Members are encouraged to share photos of their sketches with fellow members through Facebook and the group's Flickr website. Questions are welcomed by administrators JJ, Brett, Leslie and Tony. You can contact them through www.facebook.com/groups/BrisbaneCitySketchers/