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!Recommended1 recommendationPublished in
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