Monday 20 February 2017


I have to admit that I'm a wimp when it comes to hot weather. I do my best to avoid being out and about in the intense heat of the Brisbane summer. This means that I do very little urban sketching from December through to March. 

Yesterday however, I joined a group at the Brookfield Show Grounds. When out sketching, a quick stop for coffee is always first on the agenda. The Cafe` has a lovely shaded area at the rear of the building with large ceiling fans. An extra bonus was the cool breeze. From where I was sitting, I had a good view of the Brookfield Hall built in 1871. The decision to stay there all morning to sketch was easy. 

My second sketch involved nothing more complicated than sitting on the other side of the table so I could draw a view of the Cafe. 

Brookfield Hall from the Brookfield General Store and Cafe

I used Noodlers Black ink in a Noodlers Konrad Flex pen for the drawing, then watercolours using a Rosemary & Co 1/2" Dagger brush. Stillman & Birn Alpha Softcover sketchbook 8" x 10"

Interior View Brookfield General Store and Cafe`

This sketch was done with a Hero 812 twelve Running horses bent nib calligraphy pen, down to the last few drops of Noodlers #41 Brown ink. Stillman & Birn Alpha Softcover sketchbook 8" x 10"

Every few minutes, when the ink flow stopped, I would have to unscrew the body, wind the convertor up to push the last drops of ink on to the pen's feed - laborious and frustrating! A water brush created the washes. In spite of my struggles with the ink, I like the looseness of the lines.

A delicious lunch, a few sketches and good company made for a very pleasant morning. 

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