Paint the Town

By Lucas Baker and Lauren Ehrler

A canvas propped up on a satchel. Acrylic paints scattered in the grass. A messy palette spattered with an array of colors.

Lauren Ehrler compares the painting she bought to its inspiration. Photo by Noelle Smith.

Lauren Ehrler compares the painting she bought to its inspiration. Photo by Noelle Smith.

An unusual sight to see on the National Mall, especially in January. Artist Justin Pyles said its not normally warm enough to work through winter, but it was 50 degrees and sunny today in D.C.

By day Pyles teaches art to kindergartners, but he is also a classically trained painter. On a weekend afternoon you can find him on the Mall crafting images of our capital city’s finest scenes and monuments.

Asking as little as $5 for some of his paintings, it felt like Pyles was practically giving away his work. Perhaps seeing people enjoy his portrayals of the city was more valuable to him than money.

(Photos by Noelle Smith.)

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