I started off with a quick sketch of Vaquero, by Luis Jiménes, which sits outside the north entrance to the National Portrait Gallery. Since it didn't make it above freezing today, this was the only sketch I did outside:
Our group gathered together in the central courtyard, where we encountered The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra
, a band that makes music with instruments made out of gourds. They had colorful costumes (including gourd hats), and played lively, gourd-themed music:
At one point, they noticed us sketching, and announced from the stage that they'd be by later to critique our work.
After the concert, we headed up into the galleries, which contain much more than just portraits. I focused on some sculptures: The Adams Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and "Rising Sun" and "Descending Night" by Adolph Weinman:
I also found an interesting view of the National Archives, down 8th street, from a window on one of the upper floors:
All in all, a fun day.