Urban Nature

And so begins a brand new journey. Today is the first official day of a new tour! I’ve left France in exchange for a little exploration of the Paris of the Plains, my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. I’m starting with a little doodlewash of KC’s urban nature inspired by a photograph taken by my good friend and original KC Chronicler, Jeromey Bell (follow him on Instagram @the_kansascity_chronicles). His photos of Kansas City are brilliant!

I’m also taking a big flying leap outside my comfort zone by not starting with architecture (though I did consider a portrait to really push the envelope, but that will have to wait a bit as I’m terrified). This is only my second attempt at nature and my first real flower drawing (the previous one was hiding in a Baby Banana Tree). But, as summer comes to a close soon, I wanted to capture something sunny.

I also wanted to move back to light pencil and mostly watercolor for this doodlewash. This time I grabbed only my Quinacridone Gold, Sap Green, French Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, and Neutral Tint (the last is my new M. Graham color, and I’m determined to collect more! Really great paint! I wanted the M. Graham Cobalt Teal, but they were out when I went to the store). The sky would have used Cobalt Teal, but in this one I used Winsor & Newton Cobalt Turquoise with a hit of French Ultramarine Blue to calm it down.

Summers in Kansas City can get really hot and humid, but this year has proven to be much more tolerable. I’m honestly ready for fall, but Philippe and the dog love the sun so I’m not wishing too hard for it yet. I’m hoping to get outside and sketch plein air soon, as there are several places I’d like to show you. Hope you’ll join me for another trip! It’s so much more enjoyable with friends along for the ride!

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

45 replies on “Urban Nature

  1. Awww, the flower of the Sunflower State… So nice! I know that this is Kansas and not Missouri – isn´t it strange that Kansas City is located in Missouri and not in KS? Or am I wrong? Anyway, your sunflower is really beautiful!!! There´s so much light in this picture!!! 🌻🌞

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    1. Thanks!! I wasn’t sure on these clouds as first, even they’re different from what I’ve done. Glad you like the leaves…I just used Sap Green but watered it down to make it really transparent for light green. Wasn’t sure how to simulate the light shining through so tried that. Hehe

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  2. This sunflower is so light and airy, I love it! I keep seeing sunflowers on the roadside as I rush to and from work. I keep thinking I should stop and spend more time observing them and ultimately painting them.

    Thank you for sharing this delightful flower, a perfect start to a new visual journey!

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