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.