Australia Day 2016

 

20160126 Australia DayYesterday was Australia Day (26th January) a public holiday to celebrate the arrival of the first British fleet in 1788 landing in New South Wales (to some of the aboriginal people it is re-named “Invasion Day”…depends on how you look at it…ideally it should be a day of unity for the whole country).

20160126 Australia Day 0120160126 Australia Day 1This is a very quick sketch drawn (in very poor light) from about half way up the BHP Billiton tower (proper name Brookfield Place) on St Georges Terrace in the heart of Perth. Fabulous views out across the Swan river. The view above is looking South West along the Swan towards Freo (can just see the giant cranes on the horizon). The South Perth foreshore in left foreground and the Narrows bridge crossing towards Kings Park. An estimated 300,000 people flocked to Langley Park foreshore to watch the fireworks which started at 8pm and lasted a whole half hour. More people watched from up in Kings Park and boats moored in the river.

Langley Park photos below….

20160126 Australia Day 220160126 Australia Day 3Below are pictures of the new “Elizabeth Quay” which is very nearly open (should have been open today)…it was a patch of grass land that was mostly unused (I remember seeing Cirque du Solei in a tent here). The land has been excavated to create a new marina and there are plans for cafes and shops to bring people in (the Bell Tower is the tall greenish structure on the left side next to the Barrack street jetty with waiting ferries). It does look very pretty when all lit up at night.

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A sky shower of golden dust….the finale….20160126 Australia Day 6

Lamy Safari EF nib with De Atramentis Document Black ink, Pentel waterbrush filled with water and 3 drops of sumi ink (lovely grey colour), Pentel waterbrush filled with Liquitex black acrylic ink, watercolours lemon yellow, quin gold and cerulean.

Canon G16 camera

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