This is another building around the corner from my new office that I quickly sketched at lunch yesterday. At first I didn’t know what the primary building was but the Bauer Machine Works sign intrigued me. Also, it was what I could see while sitting and having my veggie sandwich and potato soup, so I stayed and did a 10 minute sketch after I gobbled down my lunch.
I guess this would count as an Urban Sketch, but I’m never sure if you have to actually do the watercolor plein air as well (I didn’t). I’m not good with rules, but I am confident this is a doodlewash, so that’s all that matters! Also, I’m pretty sure I’m not a great urban sketcher because I already intended to doodlewash it at home (I’m a wimp when it comes to standing outside in the heat and don’t find it fun at all), but I forgot to take a photo of it for reference later.
So this little doodlewash (again in my trusty Art Plus Moleskine) is a hodgepodge of an urban sketch that was drawn from direct observation, and a final piece doodlewashed from memory (but hey! No photograph this time! Voila!). The palette on this one was again with my M. Graham paint in Cobalt Teal, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Rust (a new Quinacridone color for me!), Sap Green, and Neutral Tint.
So what is this place? Well it turns out it’s called The Bauer and it’s a historic warehouse in the Kansas City Crossroads featuring artists studios, galleries, start-ups, retail shops and an event space! Pretty cool, right? I had never heard of it before, so now I’m starting to join you on the tour of my own city.
There’s so much in this little area that it could take me the rest of the month to sketch it, but I promise I’ll take you other places soon. That’s the best part of being a doodlewasher, I’ll just use a photo when I want or simply paint something from memory. I guess there is a “drop of water” rule in doodlewashing, but that’s about it!
I adore my urban sketching friends, but for me, I’ll always prefer the freedom to create however the heck I want so I still won’t be signing up full time or exclusively! But if that’s what you love most, then DO it! Just remember on the days you can’t quite follow the rules that there’s no such thing as art that’s better because of how it’s created. It only matters that is WAS created, by you, with love, a little each day.
Also, if you’re looking for something to really mix things up, you could try turning out all the lights at home and doodlewashing in the dark just to see what comes out! But if you do that, invite me, because that sounds super weird, yet strangely fun and intriguing.
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