This doodlewash is a closeup of one of the towers of the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, which was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. Established in 1922 by J. C. Nichols and designed architecturally after Seville, Spain, the Plaza comprises high-end open air retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as offices.

I’m trying to sketch much faster and applying colors more lightly without as much detail. There’s still a surprising amount of detail, however, as I see the detail and can’t help but sketch it. So this may be about as loose as I’m likely to get, but I like the effect and it was very quick.

This was doodlewashed on the opposite page from yesterday’s sketch in my little 3.5 x 5.5″ Art Plus Moleskine Watercolor Album. I just bought a larger 8.25 x 5″ one this weekend, but I’ve yet to break it in. The thing about sketching is that the more paper you have to fill the more time it takes, and I haven’t had much time to sketch this weekend so far.

The Plaza is a great place to be on a sunny day, and there’s pretty much every major retail shop you could hope for there. Unless you include Target, in which case you still need to travel a little ways outside the city. Hoping to head to the park tomorrow with the Doodlewash Crew to plein air sketch together, but looks like there may be a storm, so not sure what will happen! Stay tuned!

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!

31 replies on “A Touch of Seville

  1. Another beautiful painting with great perspective! I actually love to work big. I’m doing some work on the iPad (using Art Studio) and I find the regular iPad size screen small and confining. An 8×10″ sketchbook is really about as small as I like to work.🙂

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    1. Thanks Laura! And yes…Quin Gold came out to play! Hehe…but it was technically Cobalt Turquoise as I switched back to my earlier tin of paints. I’m trying to use them all up so I can get more M Graham! 😊😉hehe…. was going to get Cobalt Teal in M Graham but the store was out. Probably a sign to stop spending money. Lol

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  2. What a stunning tower Charlie, and such interesting history.

    Okay maybe its subject matter, I like a bigger sketch pad, but I can see your point on sketching landscapes and capturing the essence quickly. You know how to make your landscapes pop beautifully!

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      1. Oooooh! Secrets! Can’t wait to find out what they are! I enjoy architecture too. Maybe it’s because I’m squished into a big city with waaaaaaay too many people that I’m not that interested in portraiture. Keep up the good work Mr. O’Shields. You have a big fan in me.

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  3. I like the loose sketch, though I think you still managed to add a lot of details. I’m having a difficult time getting loose. I love the colors in this. I agree about the paper. I made a large watercolor journal some months ago and it’s way too big for a quick sketch. I really need to get a smaller journal or just make my own.. 😊

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    1. I love my little watercolor moleskine, Kari! It comes in small and super small! Hehe…handles washes really well too if you get the one that specifically designated “watercolor.” I think I’ll go larger as I progress but having a smaller page to fill makes me always feel like it’s possible to do a quick sketch no matter how much time I have. 😉

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