With the weather heating up in Northern Virginia, tourist season is just starting up again. In summertime Old Town, Alexandria is very a popular destination for locals and out of towners. People are attracted to Old Town’s luxurious dining options, rich historical setting, cultural activities, lively nightlife, varied shopping, and waterfront atmosphere. As an amateur artist, I was drawn to visit Old Town for a few brief sketching sessions of a busy Spring weekend.
After I found an appropriate and non disruptive angle, I planted myself for a 15 minute sketch. The lighting from the Spring season was a great transition from the lasting reach of winters darkness. Gone were the days of wearing layers, now only a light jacket would do just fine. With endless motions of people in passing, I jotted down what I could. From parents pushing strollers, to couples enjoying ice cream, to an accordion player providing background noise, to the parked King St Trolley, to the block away Fish Market sign, I tried to capture the lively happenings of King St. and Union St.
Moving on, I made my way towards the waterfront. Behind the Torpedo Factory, past a magician working on keeping an audience of children and adults attention, past an artist with his work laid out for those in passing to view, past the riverboat taxis, past Chart House Restaurant, and to the waterfront. Here people snapped pictures, people rested on benches, and in general enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. I started my second 15 minute sketch of National Harbor & the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the horizon. To finish, I scribbled in some clouds with birds in the foreground.
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