Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Wow, March is at its end already?! 

Hi, I’m Liane Worth, one of the Brisbane USK admin team. This month I am writing the monthly roundup for our very active group. This has certainly been a busy month in many aspects. Brisbane USK have held nine ( 9) sketchouts with between 5 – 13 sketchers at each event. 

I have to say that I love being part of this group, it is fantastic to meet up with like-minded people, to have the comfort and inspiration of sketching with others (it can be lonely & uninspiring constantly sketching by myself), to see how other sketchers interpret the same scene and of course I can’t forget to mention the learning and laughter we all share over a coffee at the end of our morning. 

Our founder and manager is JJ Bell. I would like to say an enormous thank you to JJ for all her hard
work and perseverance in dedicating herself to organising two  sketchouts for this group every week! I don’t know where she gets the energy! I am helping to ease her burden a little by organising at least one  sketchout a month. 
Due to our busy lifestyles, JJ and myself have not always been available this month to run sketchouts, so we have been very happy to have a couple of our regular sketchers step in and run a couple of events in our absence. Thank you very much to Susan Baggio and Peter Darmody, your help has been greatly appreciated.  This is another aspect of USK that I love, when in need someone does step up and help out. Isn’t that what life (and art) is all about, sharing, teaching and helping each other.

Anyway onto our vast array of sketching days, locations and the main reason – the artwork produced. 

MARCH 2016
Tuesday 1st – City Botanic Gardens – hosted by JJ Bell
11 sketchers met despite the intermittent weather. Many enjoyed the beauty of the gardens and river
while others decided to sketch buildings in the adjoining QUT campus.


Saturday 5th – Brisbane Square – hosted by JJ Bell 13 sketchers met today (quite a turnout) to enjoy the variety of new and old buildings to draw from this location. 


Tuesday 8th – GPO Brisbane – hosted by Liane Worth
12 sketchers braved a rather showery day. There was plenty to draw however due to the rain, a local
coffee shop became our refuge, therefore limiting our view. Not to worry the coffee and the company was great!

Saturday 12TH – Captain Burke Park (Kangaroo Pt) – hosted by JJ Bell
This is a great location with river views, city views, interesting buildings and not to forget interesting
perspective views of the Story Bridge. 

Tuesday 15th – QUT Gardens Pt – hosted by JJ Bell
10 sketchers took part in this event, many capturing the beautiful buildings that are within this
university campus, while others were inspired by the Botanical Gardens that adjoin. 

Saturday 19th – Davies Park Markets, West End – Hosted by JJ Bell
5 sketchers arrived at this wonderful market location. There is so much to capture, experience and of
course eat at these markets. I’m sorry that I was unavailable to attend this event!

Tuesday 22nd – South Bank – Hosted by Brett Danvers
5 sketchers turned up today, most of whom found inspiration along the Rain Forest Boardwalk. This is a gorgeous spot within the parklands, full of tropical plants a creek and plenty of atmosphere. There was a little confusion regarding the meeting place, however each person did their own thing!

Saturday 26th – Brisbane Botanical Gardens – volunteer hosted by Peter Darmody (thanks for
stepping in to help, Peter!) Seven sketchers came out for this event, great turn up for Easter Saturday! The weather was fantastic, how could you not have a great day sketching. 

Tuesday 29th – Roma St Parklands – volunteer hosted by Susan Baggio (thank you for organizing a
great day Susan!).
6 sketchers (including myself, YAY, family duties over!) had a wonderful time in the parklands today.
It did turn out to be rather warm and humid, however fresh air, beautiful scenery and comradeship prevailed! 

  Thank you for taking the time to read us.

Happy Sketching!