Another good week of painting in which the convention painting has
progressed. As you can see I have added trees and flowers and worked
on the fountain and the fence. At this stage I am happy with the way
things are going.
The convention painting progresses.
Between times I completed three other paintings and sent them on
their way back to Jake. One is a girl scout scene that expresses the
racial harmony that exists in the scout movement. (You will see a
photo of it next week). On March 11th, I will be hosting another reception
for the Scouts at the gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida.
This has been an in studio week except for Saturday evening when
I celebrated the Chinese New Year (the year of the sheep) as a guest
of the Chinese Association. It was a high honor because only two other
foreigners, one of whom was Malcolm, were present amongst the one
hundred or so Chinese residents of Bocas. The evening's celebration
was conducted by the Consul General of the Republic of China, Jorge
Shju, who was visiting with his wife and children. I had a very pleasant
time talking with his daughter, a delightful girl of whom any parent
would be most proud.
With my neighbor, Tony Chin, in front of the Temple shrine.
On Thursday of this week, I will be returning to the Old Folks Home
to help decorate the dining room and lounge. I am planning to paint
palm trees and brightly colored birds and flowers onto the walls.
I am looking forward to seeing the reaction of the residents. Whatever
the result, it will be an improvement on the current drab decor.
Along with everyone here, my thoughts and prayers are with the crew
of the shuttle Columbia and their families. This tragedy is not only
felt by us Americans but also by the people of Panama. I have received
many messages of sympathy from my Panamanian friends.
Until next week.