I set up near the parking lot of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park so I knew I would be interrupted some. No matter, I was in a colorful, happy mood so pulled out just a few strong colors and a black panel and set to work just having a little fun in the sun.
I was stretching when a woman asked if I minded being interrupted. "Not at all," I answered and we chatted amicably about her (and my) love for color and the fall day and so on.
"Well," she concluded, "I really appreciate you talking to me about your work.
There was a feller here last week who got real angry if you watched him paint
or spoke to him."
She paused and then added,
"But that's o.k. I guess - he was a real artist."
I'm still laughing over that....the painting was worth it!