This doodlewash is of another building in the Kansas City Crossroads district that was quite red and had some graffiti on the side. That’s my way of getting around the fact that I forgot to even determine what this building was. I’m a crappy tour guide. I’m so easily distracted.
There’s a lot of commissioned graffiti in the urban core and some just added by bored or inspired artists who occupy buildings in neighborhoods like this. There is also thug graffiti and I’m not sure which kind this is actually, so apologies in advance if it is and you actually speak thug graffiti and see something obscene. (But if that’s the case, please sign up to be a Guest Doodlewasher immediately as I simply have to hear your story!)
This was another fast sketch at 10 minutes, but the doodlewash took another 35 for a grand total of 45 minutes. Saying 10 minute sketch, however true, makes me sound far more impressive than I actually am. For this one I used M. Graham paints in Cobalt Blue (with a touch of Cobalt Teal), Pyrrol Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Azo Green, Sap Green, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Rust, and Neutral Tint.
I’ve always been fascinated with graffiti but it’s not something I’ve ever wanted to try creating. Barring the illegal aspect, it’s just not a form of communication I’ve thought to use. But some graffiti artists, like Bansky, shake us out of the norm and give us new ways to view our world while we’re standing in it. Not behind a computer screen or phone. Tagging is a bit like blog posting, only it’s on a building and experienced live.
Don’t worry… I’m not running off to doodlewash a building! Mostly because watercolor isn’t a suitable medium for tagging. And if you’d like to see what was just to the right of this building, tune in on Sunday to see Philippe’s Second Look. Sketching the same thing together was so fun the last time (here and here) we figured we try it again!