An Account of a Spring Evening in Old Town

Real Estate Agent with Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria 0225-089134

With the weather heating up in Northern Virginia, tourist season is just starting up again. In 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.

See all Old Town Alexandria's Waterfront.


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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

How fun, Will. I am enjoying your sketches, and your description adds to them and explains them very well. Thanks for sharing. 

May 13, 2014 08:14 AM #1
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Will thanks for taking me along on the tour.  What a great way to spend some personal time.  Thanks for sharing your sketches.

May 13, 2014 10:59 AM #2
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Will. A man of many talents, thanks for sharing the sketches with all of us. A good representation of what you see.

May 13, 2014 07:44 PM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for showing us your talented sketches, Will.  Now, how about some paintings?

May 13, 2014 09:45 PM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your spring evening. We will now expect to see your drawings on a regular basis.

May 13, 2014 10:25 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Will, You have a talent and I know it is fun to just people watch so putting the too together has to be great fun.

May 13, 2014 10:25 PM #6
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