Liberty Memorial

Liberty Memorial by Charlie O'Shields

This doodlewash takes us to The Liberty Memorial and National World War I Museum, which is the only American museum solely dedicated to this war. I actually sketched this from the other side back when it first started sketching but I figured it deserved a spot on the official KC tour.

I went very loose again and used a fairly limited palette of Cobalt Blue (with a touch of Cobalt Teal), Azo Orange (watered down to appear more yellow), Raw Umber, Azo Green, Sap Green, and Burnt Sienna. I’m starting to notice my little 3.5 x 5″ Moleskine is feeling a bit small, but I’m going to continue with it until this tour concludes.

There’s a flame that sometimes appears at the top of the memorial, but the costs of running it often leave it dormant. They fortunately figured out a way to reduce costs with new technology, and can also now control the flame via an iPad. It’s a really wonderful museum with lots of interactive exhibits and documentary-style storytelling.

I realized in the first post when I drew this that I didn’t write very much. I know it was because it’s difficult for me to avoid failing into some random crazy story and that didn’t seem fitting for a subject like this. So instead I’ll let the museum have the last word. “The Liberty Memorial is a beacon of freedom and a symbol of the courage, patriotism, sacrifice, and honor of all who served in World War I.”

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28 Comments
  1. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Excellent work, Charlie! Love how you painted the sky! Sounds like a great museum – but I do like hearing your stories too! 😊

  2. kirkistan 2 years ago

    As always, terrifically engaging. I am really liking how you seem to so effortlessly move from color to color and include shadow. I see shades of green and even yellow in there. Cool.

    • Author

      Thanks Kirk!! I’m getting a little freer with just going for it! Hehe…never sure what will come out, but it’s fun to just try!

  3. Jodi 2 years ago

    Look at you go and grow Charlie O! How far you have come in a few short months in your doodling and painting. And i think your reverance to this subject is sweet. I am reading a book for our book club (that is this Saturday and I am CRAMMING – just like I did in school when it involved history – the book is called Dead Wake – about the Lusitania – a World War I Story – struck me interesting that we are both thinking of WWI at this moment. Life is so interesting and our connections with people blow me away.

    • Author

      Wow…that’s a crazy coincidence! So cool!! ❤️😃I only tried a book club once and ending up cramming in the same way. I tried to suggest a picture book for our next read and was promptly kicked out of the club.

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        Oh – we have the BEST BOOK CLUB EVER! It is a couple’s group and we ALWAYS stay overnight as it is a teensy bit more about drinking wine….. but we do have amazing discussions about the books – a diverse group of ages and opinions makes for the most lively discussions! You and Phillipe would so enjoy!

      • Author

        Could we just show up for the last half? Sounds like the best part! Lol 😉

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        Well….. since it’s YOU Charlie O – I guess 🙂

      • Author

        LOL 😊👍🏻

  4. memadtwo 2 years ago

    This is like a book of postcards…”Best of KC”.
    Washington DC has a really beautiful WW I Memorial, but no museum. I like the contrast of building shapes and sizes here. (K.)

  5. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    There are so many great things about this piece, I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll just give you a thumbs-up. 🙂

  6. Kari 2 years ago

    Another nice doodlewash! You are great at mixing colors! There are so many shades of green here.

    • Author

      Thanks Kari! ❤️😃I honestly didn’t know which green I liked after mixing a few so I sort of used them all 😊

  7. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Beautiful painting sketch Charlie, and great tribute to our WW1 vets. As always, Tbe KC tour is fascinating.

  8. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Lovely sketch. Your buildings are so beautiful and interesting, almost like they are from another time.

  9. I agree with Huanani and I hope I spelled her name right. This is simply, beautifully (appropriately) done, both image and text. Well done, Charlie. Well done. 💛💜💛

    • Author

      You did I think…my autocorrect usually likes to make up nicknames for her. Thanks Laura!! 💜😃 glad you liked this one!

  10. Jacob 2 years ago

    I love your commentaries, but sometimes the view is evocative enough – great drawing, and a very worthy leg of the Kansas (City!) tour.

    You can see the growth in confidence from July to September in comparing the two sketches. I look forward to seeing what you’re up to in another couple of months!

    • Author

      Me too actually! No idea what I’ll end up even drawing by then! Lol So happy you like it Jacob! 😃Don’t worry…the commentary always comes back. I can’t shut up for long. 😊

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