I figured a virtual tour of Kansas City should begin with an establishing shot, so I decided to try a rather ambitious doodlewash of the primary skyline. At 7×10″ this is the largest doodlewash to date and I now realize why I like things small. This was rough and took much longer! I wasn’t sure if I would finish it, with my short attention span and all.
But I really wanted to paint this image to kick off my tour of KC. I just couldn’t complete it in time to post at the start of the tour. Yesterday’s sketch was just a study for this final painting as I didn’t want to mess things up. I used a full palette for this one and a heck of lot of lines of ink! But this is the quintessential view of downtown Kansas City, so I really wanted to share it with you before we start touring the streets together.
Union Station is the primary building, but if you look in the distance you can see the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at the top left. Behind it, the sculptural elements that crown the pylons of the Bartle Hall Convention Center are called “Sky Stations”, and were designed by artist R.M. Fischer in 1994. The area in between is called the Kansas City Crossroads, and I think I’ll be sketching there quite a lot this month.
Hope you’ll join me as we visit different places in the city. I really love Kansas City. This is where I grew up and where I’ve lived my entire life. I love to travel, but this is the place I love to call home.