Hola from Panama,
This week started with a benefit evening for the Girl Scouts in my
gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida. I am always happy to work with
the Scouts which I joined in Staten Island as soon as I was old enough.
About ten years ago I was made an honorary lifetime member and I treasure
that award as much as any.
Sherry Betz and her granddaughter Hayley talk scouting with Pat.
Wednesday I flew to Panama City and did some Christmas shopping while
waiting to fly on Thursday to this island of Bocas del Toro. Panama
City is like a small Miami but with less crime. My hotel room faced
part of the waterfront. It was restful to sit and watch an evening
storm pass by while below the rush hour traffic started to build on
Avenida Balboa, named after the Spanish explorer who was the first
to cross from the Caribbean and set eyes on the Pacific.
The view from Pat's hotel room in Panama City.
The next morning a one hour flight brought me to the island of Bocas
and the seclusion of my studio.
Getting back to painting came easily and by today I had finished the
image for the year 2003 Society
Fledgling members print. This afternoon, I packed the painting and
bicycled to the airport where I gave it a friend, Dave Carey, to carry
back to the States. David was leaving for a ski holiday in Colardo
and tomorrow he will pass the package to Federal Express and the painting
will be on its way to the printer.
The 2003 print subject for the Society Fledgling members.
At the island airport, giving David the painting to carry back
to the States.
Next week, I will send you a photo of my studio and some of the pieces
I am working on. Good luck with the last of your Christmas shopping.
Mine is done!