Close Encounter of the Third Kind

by james kowalczyk

Following the advice of the Muse I ventured into Point Lobos State Park, CA and quickly found my subject. There were a few hikers/tourists on hand and I decided to move off the walking path to avoid blocking traffic. Unfortunately I stepped over a small cable meant to keep people from doing exactly what I did. I had not observed any signs posted regarding the consequences and I was only a foot or so off the path. I had a preliminary sketch completed and the palette loaded when one of California's finest walked up to me and announced that he was going to "save me $350.00". After the park ranger explained the rules I dutifully relocated myself. He then asked, "You do know about the California Drip Law, don't you?" I sheepishly admitted my ignorance. He said, "Well, if you drip any paint on the ground it must match the existing surrounding vegetation in color." I was ready to pack up my stuff when he broke out laughing. An April Fool in September or Mid-West plein air painter in California, take your pick. It was a good day.

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Sep 28, 2010
You Gotta Read This One - I Love it!
by: The Muse

James - Your story is wonderful - at least the Park Rangers still have a sense of humor, even if all the restrooms in California Parks no longer have paper products due to the State Budget impass:)

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