And so begins a brand new journey. Today is the first official day of a new tour! I’ve left France in exchange for a little exploration of the Paris of the Plains, my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. I’m starting with a little doodlewash of KC’s urban nature inspired by a photograph taken by my good friend and original KC Chronicler, Jeromey Bell (follow him on Instagram @the_kansascity_chronicles). His photos of Kansas City are brilliant!
I’m also taking a big flying leap outside my comfort zone by not starting with architecture (though I did consider a portrait to really push the envelope, but that will have to wait a bit as I’m terrified). This is only my second attempt at nature and my first real flower drawing (the previous one was hiding in a Baby Banana Tree). But, as summer comes to a close soon, I wanted to capture something sunny.
I also wanted to move back to light pencil and mostly watercolor for this doodlewash. This time I grabbed only my Quinacridone Gold, Sap Green, French Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, and Neutral Tint (the last is my new M. Graham color, and I’m determined to collect more! Really great paint! I wanted the M. Graham Cobalt Teal, but they were out when I went to the store). The sky would have used Cobalt Teal, but in this one I used Winsor & Newton Cobalt Turquoise with a hit of French Ultramarine Blue to calm it down.
Summers in Kansas City can get really hot and humid, but this year has proven to be much more tolerable. I’m honestly ready for fall, but Philippe and the dog love the sun so I’m not wishing too hard for it yet. I’m hoping to get outside and sketch plein air soon, as there are several places I’d like to show you. Hope you’ll join me for another trip! It’s so much more enjoyable with friends along for the ride!