Webster House

Webster House by Charlie O'Shields

We’re traveling to Webster House for today’s doodlewash. Webster House is one of Kansas City’s most unique destinations. It’s both filled with shops which contain beautiful European antiques, gifts, clothing, jewelry and personal accessories and serves an amazing lunch!

In a previous post I alluded to something new and exciting that was happening with me. The news was that I got a brand new job as Executive Creative Director for a new company that’s just starting up! I’m super excited and I can see the Webster House from my office window. The company hasn’t quite launched yet, so I’ll tell you more in a month or so. Stay tuned!

According to their website, Webster House was originally constructed in 1885 as the Webster School.  It was designed by the Kansas City School Board’s architect, Manuel Diaz, in the Richardson Romanesque style.  Webster House is one of the oldest remaining public school buildings in Kansas City and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

My boss took me to lunch here on my first day and I had an incredible carrot soup. I should note that Philippe is also amazing at making soups and his are still better, but this one was super delicious. The Webster House is a very iconic looking building in the Kansas City Crossroads. My new office is just a block north of Mildred’s Coffeehouse when I posted yesterday.

Life has been a little up and down and crazy these past few months, but I’m starting to see the future and it looks pretty darn amazing. Beyond a wonderful new job, I get to doodlewash daily and feature amazing fellow artists on my blog. Meeting new friends all the time as I start a new adventure. I think that all adds up to just one thing – gratitude. Thank you all for the amazing friendship and love you’ve sent my way. Your positive energy powers me each and every day. I love you all!

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53 Comments
  1. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your new job…it sounds like an awesome position! I’m so glad things are going your way…you bring so many people so much joy, you deserves as much happiness as you cause. 🙂 x

    • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

      p.s. that is a wonderful doodlewash of the Webster House! I think part of successful architectural drawings is approaching something from just the right angle and this is a terrific angle!

      • Author

        Thanks friend!! I chose this view because it had a couple other KC landmarks in the background, but then got tired and didn’t sketch them. Lol 😊

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Heehee…I’ve done that before…fizzled out before I was done. 😉

    • Author

      Ahhh Teresa…thank you so much my friend!! ❤️😃What a wonderful thing to say! I’m super excited about it! But I’ll keep on doodlewashing no matter what! 😉

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        We’re so glad you’re continuing with doodlewashing! It’s a good thing, or we’d have to take drastic measures (blog-shaming…is that a thing? ;D ) to make you continue. LOL!

      • Author

        Haha…that problem is a thing! Yeah…we don’t want that. Sounds awful! So I’ll keep blogging then! 😉

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Good job! 😀 x

  2. Jessica 2 years ago

    Awesome Charlie! I think this start up lucked out :). The buildings where you live make fantastic subjects.

  3. Yet another great painting! Congratulations on the new job, I’m glad to hear that it’s not going to stop you painting or posting here 🙂

    • Author

      No sir! In fact, it just out me in a better spot with endless things to sketch during lunch! So win win!! Thanks Lindsay! 😃

  4. Kari 2 years ago

    What an exciting news! I look forward to hearing more about it! And Im so glad you’ll still have time to doodlewash. And thank you for spotlighting all these great artists that I get to connect with!

    I’m really impressed with your Webster House doodlewash. Lots of details and I agree with Teresa that you did pick an interesting angle. Love the corner view’

    • Author

      My office is on the opposite corner, but this really is the best view of the place. It’s really cool to see in person. And I couldn’t stop doodlewashing now if I tried!! ❤️😉😃

  5. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Another congratulations from me. Exciting! And a great view included.
    It’s so much fun to read your stories (I know I’ve said that before…) as well as see the wonderful illustrations for them (or is it the other way around?). In any case, they work well together. (K.)

    • Author

      Aww thanks Kerfe!! ❤️They work both ways and I’m never sure which will inspire which. Hehe Sometimes I’m just dying to share something so I figure I better make a sketch for it. 😊

  6. Congratulations, Charlie!!! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity! WOOOOOT!!!! I’m also glad you’re going to be able to continue to blog. You’re a shining light around here, friend!

    • Author

      You are sooo sweet, Laura!! That’s wonderful to say. But if I’m a light, then you’re the sun! You were one of the very first people to encourage me when I started this thing. It’s hard to get started in blogging and you helped me keep going. Thank you for that, friend, I won’t forget it… and much love to you! ❤️😃

      • ((((((((((Charlie)))))))))) I hope we get to meet in person one day. I’ll never forget those who encouraged me from the start either – many of whom are encouraging you now. We all encourage each other. Wonderful artistic karma. Thanks so much for your kind comments, Charlie, they mean so much! You’ll fly high and go far, my friend, and I’m so excited for your new venture!! 💛

      • Author

        That would be so great to meet in person! We’ll have to make it happen at some point. 😉 And I love our little community of artists… we’ve got something really special here. You can never have too much good artistic karma. 💜🎨

  7. Eric Disney 2 years ago

    What Memadtwo and Laura said. HOOT! HOOT!!!

  8. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Great news about your new adventure. I’ll look forward to hearing about the progress. And, you’ll be so close to Mildred’s. Lovely sketch and history article about Webster House, best yo you Charlie, Cheers!

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! I’m super excited! But as you can see, there’s so much to sketch in this neighborhood! And being close to a coffeehouse is never a bad thing! 😉

  9. Jodi 2 years ago

    Congrats Charlie O on the exciting new job. Thanks for doodlewashing your view so we can pretend we are there with you.

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi my artist friend! (Did you see what I did there?) hehe❤️😃 The job is super cool and can’t wait to share more when it launches. But in the mean time there’s lots of places to show just in this area of the city! 🎨

  10. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Congrats! Wow I’m not that far from KC and have never heard of the Webster House…. My husband & I will have to stop there 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks, Nicole!! You definitely should visit! It’s huge, and yet somehow hidden in the Crossroads just behind the Kauffmann Center for the Perfomring Arts. I mentioned lunch, but they also serve dinner. Would make a wonderful date night! 😉

  11. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    YAY Charlie!!! Congrats on your new job! I know you will do AWESOME! 👏👏👏👏 So happy to hear your great news! I’m also glad you will continue Doodlewashing! I really enjoy your posts and your art! This one is FABULOUS! 😊🎨🌟

    • Author

      Thanks friend!! I’ll really appreciate it! And of course I’ll keep going! Once you’ve been doodlewashed, there’s really no going back! Hehe 😉😊🎨 (by the way…I shouldn’t reply this late at night as my autocorrect hates me and when I get tired anything can happen. It often tries to change “friend” …you were almost “fried” , and I’ve “fired” some people who were lovely and didn’t deserve it, and I’ve also called Laura a “fiend” before which we all know isn’t true at all 😊)

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        Thanks for making me laugh Charlie! 😊😄☺️

  12. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Lovely sketch. Congratulations on your new position, sounds perfect for you…Executive Creative Director..and creative you most certainly are. Cheers!

  13. ann christina 2 years ago

    Beautiful doodlewash and post!!! Congratulations on your new job, sounds exciting! I really enjoy having you here with us, your art, your optimism, your support! Thanks back to you, Charlie! 😊

    • Author

      Thank you so much Ann! You guys are so supportive and amazing… you’ve made blogging so rewarding for me. I’ll never stop!! Hehe 😉

      • ann christina 2 years ago

        Feeling exactly the same about the people here. We´re so lucky! 🍀😊

  14. beverlydyer 2 years ago

    Congrats on the job!!

  15. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Such wonderful news, a new position with a wonderful title, Sir Executive Creative Director! Very, very impressive, a big congratulations to you Charlie! The more I see of Kansas City through your eyes the more charmed I become. Your Webster is a lovely building. I’m addicted to Doodlewash so I’m beyond pleased that you will continue with open arms! Its my first stop in the morning for inspiration!

    • Author

      Ahhh…thanks so sweet to hear Cathe! ❤️😃 And wow!! You gave me an even cooler title!! Thanks! I’ve always wanted to be Sir Charlie O, but no matter how much I Google “how to become knighted” I could never find the quick way to do it! Lol You’re awesome friend!! Keep doodlewashing loveliness and thanks again!! 🎨❤️😃

  16. Jacob 2 years ago

    Many congratulations on the new job, Charlie, and best of luck to you in your very swish new position. Exciting stuff!! I’m relieved to hear you’re to continue the blog – it means I won’t have to, y’ know, have some ‘polite words’ with your employer… it’s worked out the best for all involved 😉 Oh, and yet another marvellous painting!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Jacob!! Appreciate it!! And glad you like the painting! The only difference is they are much faster than my other ones now that I’m busier! Lol… but no worries, I’ll be doodlewashing until I’m old and gray! (Wait…I’m a bit of both actually now…so…really really old and gray then!)

  17. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Terrific image: love the perspective and the colors. It looks like an awesome structure. And congrats on the job. That is wonderful and it sounds like a good fit! Way to go!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Kirk!! Appreciate it! I have a lot to do and lot to learn as always, but it’s really great! And glad you liked the sketch. I’m actually staring at the real thing now as I type this! Hehe

  18. Fiona Rose 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the new job Charlie! 🎉🎆💥🎈 Loving all your doodle-washes – I had no idea KC has so much flair! 😉

  19. Fiona Rose 2 years ago

    Darn phone hyphenated doodlewash – everybody knows it’s one word! 🎨

    • Author

      Haha…everyone should know that! But autocorrect does things on purpose sometimes. I’m sure it’s conspiring against me most days. 😉

  20. Carol King 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your new position. I wish you the best and can’t think of more creative Executive Creative Director! Webster House sketch is gorgeous and you are making me want to visit K.C.

    • Author

      Thanks Carol!! ❤️😃Super happy about it. And if you ever come to KC, hit me up and we can sketch together!! 😉

  21. […] above were each created in two minutes for a total of four minutes. It’s a closeup view of Webster House (which I previously sketched in full here), so not something new for our tour, but something new […]

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