Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

This is a panoramic doodlewash of Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art featuring the well-known Shuttlecocks, a four-part outdoor sculpture of oversized badminton shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The playful sculpture turns the massive stone structure of the museum into a gigantic net with large shuttlecocks on each side (the racket must be huge!)

I’m still playing with a looser and faster style to see how quickly I can sketch things. I love using this little Moleskine album and it’s fun to draw and paint right across the seam. I used only Cobalt Turquoise, Raw Umber, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, and Cadmium Orange for this one. Difficult to get a good photo when I’m done, however, so if you want to see the doodlewash a little better you can click the image below.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art by Charlie O'Shields

The museum is known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art. In 2007, Time magazine ranked the museum’s new Bloch Building number one on its list of “The 10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels” which considered candidates from around the globe, so I’m thinking I’ll have to sketch that at some point to show you what it looks like. It’s a much more modern structure that echoes the shape of a feather from overhead, creating a “stone and feature” concept for the entire complex.

It’s definitely worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Kansas City and the best part is the admission is free! I remember going here during art school to do reports for Art History or to attempt a copy of one of the masterpieces. For a brief period I also taught Intro to Interactive Media at the Kansas Art Institute which is right next door. I love that there is so much dedication to the arts in KC. It makes it a very comfortable place for an artist to call home!

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!

30 replies on “Art & Shuttlecocks

  1. Looks like a really neat place. Every museum has its own personality. We have a cool place here in NJ called “Grounds for Sculpture”. If you’ve never heard of it, you should google it.

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