J.C. Nichols Fountain

This doodlewash is of one of the many fountains that have given Kansas City its nickname, The City of Fountains. The first city-built fountain was in 1889 and since then over 47 publicly-owned fountains have been added to various locations around the city.

This is such an icon in Kansas City, I knew I had to show you all, but I was stalling because it involved sketching a horse (something I hadn’t done yet), sketching standing water and spraying water (something I didn’t quite have a clue how to paint!).

For this doodlewash grabbed by Moleskine again and used Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Rust, Sap Green and some white gouache for the water spray. I’m sure there’s a way to do this without resorting to white gouache, but that seems hard and I’m no purist.

This particular fountain is the J. C. Nichols Memorial Fountain fountain and it’s the best-known, most-photographed of all of the city’s fountains. It is located at the east entrance to the popular Country Club Plaza district which you can see the start of via the building in the background.

The figures were sculpted by Henri Greber in 1910 and adorned the mansion of Clarence Mackay in Long Island, NY. It has four heroic horsemen which are said to represent the four rivers of the world: the Mississippi River, the Volga River, the Seine and the Rhine (Yet I’m pretty sure there are more than four rivers in the world). It’s a wonderful fountain in the city, and I’m glad that I was able to finally muster the courage the doodlewash it and check it off the list!

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!

39 replies on “The City of Fountains

      1. Oh, I think you definitely have it! Indeed you’re becoming simply too good at this stuff. You’ve actually inspired me to have a go at a fountain-y drawing – haha, we’ll soon see what ‘not quite having it’ looks like!

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  1. OMG!!! How did you draw that horse so well?!?! Please don’t tell me you sketched this in 10 minutes!!!! The status of the horse is amazing. The colors are amazing. YOU are amazing! Sheesh! Blowing me away!

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