Blue Bird Bistro

Added some color to my bistro sketch and tried to capture some of the interesting textures. Getting a little more successful with my skies and clouds so that’s good! Still terrified of bricks so tried something with the smaller building while completely avoiding the bricks in the main structure.

Blue Bird Bistro is a wonderful little restaurant in The West Side neighborhood near downtown Kansas City. Fresh food from local family farms and also several vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re ever in Kansas City, you should definitely add it to your list.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

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7 replies on “Blue Bird Bistro

  1. Thanks Kit! I was so worried in my first building sketch about perspective that I used a ruler and it didn’t work out well at all. In this one I just drew it freehand and it came out much better. Yay! One less tool to worry about. And agreed… who cares about those darn bricks anyway!😉


  2. I agree with Kit and Kirk that your perspective when doing buildings is solid and true, and I agree with you also, that this sky is lovely. Some painters approach bricks by doing a diluted wash with two or three separate hues to fight the look of uniformity–so parts are burnt sienna, and that changes to burnt sienna with a touch of ultramarine blue to darken it, and then perhaps some touches of Indian Red. Once it dries, some faintly paint in a grouping of actual bricks over the wash, in certain areas, particularly in areas of shadow, and then the odd brick or series of bricks in different areas, allowing the viewer’s eye to fill in the rest. For we don’t ourselves look at every brick when looking at a building–our eyes blur them, or pass over them, not wishing to be made so aware of each one. Because you are sitting down to paint a brick building, you are as a painter inclined to pay attention to each one, when in life we seriously don’t. However, if the actual focus of the painting IS the brick (such as a very old brick wall which is falling down) then more detail is perhaps necessary, with other elements of the painting receiving less attention so the eye is drawn to the wall.


  3. Wow! Thanks Lance for all the tips and the thoughtful response. That’s really helpful information and I really appreciate it! And the link is super helpful. I’m definitely going to try what you describe the next time I tackle bricks. Thanks again!🙂


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