Union Station, Kansas City

Union Station Sketch

I tried a fast and loose doodlewash of Kansas City’s Union Station in my little 3.5 x 5.5″ Art Plus Moleskine Watercolor Album today with my new Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.  I have no idea how to control the ink flow well with this thing yet as we haven’t fully bonded and this is only my second attempt, but I’m starting to practice, and hopefully one day soon we’ll be good friends.

I’m always in awe of people who can sketch well quickly, and so I tried to hold myself to 20 minutes or less. It’s not a horrible try, but I was so busy trying to quickly get the impression down that I didn’t even realize what I’d made until after it was complete. It does, more or less, rather look like Union Station so I guess it was a success. But I’m still not sure how I feel about this one.

Union Station was also the location of The Kansas City Massacre which involved the attempt by Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Vernon Miller and Adam Richetti to free their friend, Frank Nash, who was returning as a federal prisoner. Pretty Boy Floyd initially escaped, but not before killing four officers and even Nash, the very man he was trying to free. There are marks on the front of the building that for years were claimed as bullet holes from the shooting, but recent tests by Kansas City police showed the marks could not have come from bullets.

Today, Union Station is home to a permanent rail exhibit called the KC Rail Experience, exhibit spaces for traveling exhibits produced by the Smithsonian, National Geographic and other international organizations (next up is da Vinci! Oh yeah, I’ll be there!), a Planetarium, an interactive science center called Science City and a Theater District featuring giant-screen movies and live theater. And all of this, just a short walk down the street from our home.

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17 Comments
  1. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Excellent. I like it. Those pocket brush pens take some getting used to. Great drawing. Funny how the Union Depot in St. Paul looks so similar.

    • Author

      I think the interior is pretty similar as well! Glad you like it! It’s quite a departure for me and I think I still like my fountain pen and details better, but I’ll keep trying and who knows!

  2. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Such a pretty drawing of a place with a gruesome history! I have the Pentel Pocket Brush pen. I love it. An art director was very complimentary about the art I made with it. 🙂

  3. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    I’m impressed Charlie! I do not have this art pen – sounds like something I will have to get – I love art supplies! 😊 Excellent shading with watercolor too! 🎨😄🌟

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jill!! Glad you like my little experiment! Hehe Yeah…this pen is really cool! I definitely recommend trying it. The woman at Blick said people love it and some ditched their fountain pen. I probably won’t be in that club, but I do love having it in my bag with me!

  4. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Delightful. Like the look of your brush pen, gives the line work a nice painterly feel.

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