Cycling back from Fremantle I stopped by the iconic (and heritage listed) Dingo Flour building, owned by Great Southern Roller Flour Mills Ltd. I sketched the same view almost exactly 5 years ago (25 June 2015) when the silos were still standing to the left of the main shed and it was rather rusty then (renovated in 2016 – new corrugated panels and repaint).
Fremantle slowly opening up again after the COVID-19 lockdown. The Fremantle Markets still aren’t open yet (probably too hard to control people numbers and social distancing inside) but cafes and shops opening again. Lots of people about on a beautiful sunny winter’s day (plus the usual cars/utes/motorbikes rumbling up and down the terrace…poseurs!). Quick and rough sketch of Gino’s cafe plus the back lane (Essex Lane).
The abandoned Fremantle Power Station, in North Coogee, I sketched this ruined building in November 2015 and have returned again to have another crack at it, this time an autumn day when it wasn’t so scorching hot. Opened in 1954 and closed in 1985 it has been empty and unloved for the last 35 years. Now surrounded by new apartments and luxury homes it looms as a ghost from the past on the horizon. My sketch squashed the long building onto a small rectangular page but that’s how this building felt to me, looking up at the solid concrete structure with the dark empty window frames (most glass is missing, just the odd one high up that remains intact).
South Mole lighthouse Fremantle midday…a strong Southerly breeze (blowing up from Antarctica…a bit chilly) watching the big container ships being escorted out of the port into Gage Roads…
On top of Cantonment Hill in Fremantle is the beautfull nautically inspired watch tower currently used by the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue. This is a a volunteer organisation (part of the DFES) assisting water-users – logging sailors in and out of ports/harbours and providing rescue assistance to those in distress with 4 rescue vessels and crews.
Leighton Beech on a sunny Saturday afternoon, lots of people and dogs enjoying the sea (this is one of the most popular dog beaches in Perth). Big piles of rotting seaweed thrown up in the winter storms along the sand.
Out with the Urban Sketchers Perth for our first meet-up of 2018. We gathered at Fremantle “E” shed on the Victoria Quay then scattered to sketch around the sheds and docks…. I drew the cranes as a little warm up sketch (A6) then set about sketching the West side of the “A” shed (there were originally 8 sheds A-H). The weatherboards are looking rather weather-beaten and characterful, I was intrigued by the little padlocked door set into the wall….I wonder what is inside?
If you’re interested in seeing what’s at Fremantle Port right now, the Fremantle Ports Authority have 14 webcams set up….copy the link and select your view to see what’s in port….