Saturday, 26 November 2016

Vaucluse House


Vaucluse House was built for William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872) and his family.  Wentworth was an explorer, journalist, barrister, politician and entrepreneur and his wife, Sarah was the daughter of a convict.  They and their family moved into the house in 1828. There were 515 acres and the property is on the harbour in the suburb of Sydney's Vaucluse.
In 1911, NSW Goverment acquired 28 acres of the property, including the house and out buildings, to use as public parkland.  In 1981 the property was transferred to the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Fourth Day at Queen Victoria Bldg

A Bagpiper was serenading Queen Victoria yesterday which added to the atmosphere. Above is the south entrance to the building with a large statue of Queen Victoria which was shipped from Ireland in the 1980's when the site was refurbished. It had been made in the early 1900's but the Irish weren't that keen on English royalty after some time. 

The is the west entrance to the building.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Tempe Railway Station

I saw two vintage cars near Tempe railway station on Saturday and so returned on Sunday to sketch.  It was a hot sunny day but managed to find some shade, first to sketch the cars (see below) and then to sketch the eastern entrance of the station. A rail employee was very kind, offering to get me some water and letting me know that I could sketch on the platform as well. I'm quite happy with this rail sketch.


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Morning at Coogee Beach


I went to lovely Coogee Beach yesterday morning to sketch.  It was raining earlier but cleared and became very warm. The yellow and red structure on the beach is a shelter for the life guards.
The building below overlooks the beach.  There were quite a few picnickers in the park on a lovely warm spring day.


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Third day at QVB


I had plans for Sunday but my friend was unwell and cancelled. So....back to Queen Victoria Building I went for yet another day of sketching.  The scene above captured my attention with the stairs winding down in front of those gorgeous windows. The perspective was a bit tricky and it took ages to do.

This is a view of the eastern entrance of the building. I was trying to get a close up of the statues.
So, three days at this fab building and six sketches as a result.


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Second day at QVB


This is the second weekend down at the iconic Queen Victoria Building.   The copper domes are glorious in the sunshine so  fun to try to capture on paper.  

The Christmas tree is up inside the building and it's huge, fills the multi levels of the place.  You can see the twinkling lights inside. 

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Queen Victoria Building

I remember when I first arrived to Sydney in the 1980's, this magnicent structure,  the Queen Victoria Building,  was boarded up and at risk of being torn down.  It reopened after a massive restoration nearly thirty years ago.  It is a jewel of our city and I love it!