It was -- they had no idea I was painting and especially that I was painting them. It was fun to realize that I couldn't have had better models if I planned it.
Color is going to be an issue with the painting, and I may have to project myself into spring a bit to bring out some of the warmer colors that will liven up the painting. Before the trees leaf out, a huge construction project is slated to begin just up the block and I'm not likely to be working on the painting once it starts. Also, the last time I painted at this spot, Bethesda Bagels next door had a bright red and yellow striped awning instead of their new and subdued brown. I miss that bright (garish!) color.