Today’s part of the Kansas City tour takes us to a neighborhood called Westport and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, erected in 1906. It’s one of the oldest Roman Catholic congregations in Kansas City and one of the largest stone structures in Westport.
The green domes are perhaps the most defining feature and I guess that’s why Philippe suggested I sketch them (or maybe he was suggesting the entire church… oh well… too late now!) The Westport area is known for it’s night life and shops, so this church is a less expected structure, majestically towering above the busy scene.
This was another quick sketch at under 20 minutes, and lacks a symmetry that I only noticed when it was complete! I used just Payne’s Gray, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal and Hooker’s Green (yes… still giggle when I type that last name…). One of the things I’ve found in fast doodlewashing is a limited palette is very helpful and I chose this palette before I even started the sketch.
In a world where houses are torn down often for newer homes or to make way for new businesses and roads, these churches continue to stand, defiant against the changing times. They’re a wonderful preservation of history and represent architectural structures that we’re unlikely to ever see built again. And because of that, they make a wonderful subject for sketching and doodlewashing!