Back in the tropics, with paint

painting big leaves in paradise.

Painting big leaves in paradise is about my speed right about now. Watercolor on Arches cold press, 22″ x 15″.

Arrived on the morning boat from Gamboa yesterday morning, after a long day’s travel from Oklahoma which included an unscheduled landing in Cartagena, Colombia (my seat mate looked at the in-flight magazine and said thoughtfully, “American doesn’t actually fly to Colombia”). A little refueling and late-night takeoff from their only, disconcertingly short, runway (Pilot: “We’re going to taxi to the end and do a 180.”) In a nutshell: a Copa Airliner had skidded off the wet Panama City runway just ahead of us. No one hurt. Panama City Tocumen Airport closed and our flight diverted while they looked for a big tow truck.

Barro Colorado- once a mountain top and turned into an island by a man, a plan, a canal, Panama.

Barro Colorado used to be a hill top and was turned into an island by a man, a plan, a canal. Panama.

Anyway, it’s fine here and full of birds and old friends and howler monkeys and rich, ripe, rotting smells and heat and rain. Enjoying it very much. More to come.

Red legged honeycreeper and this morning's dawn pink over the Panama Canal. The little chunk of trees in the water is called Slothia Island, and is peopled only with greater anis, crocodiles and anything else that can swim, fly or boat over there from BCI. That's probably a research biologist making that wake in the water. Watercolor over pencil on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series Hardbound 8 1/2 x 11".

Red legged honey creeper and this morning’s pink dawn over the Panama Canal. That little chunk of trees in the water is called Slothia Island, peopled by greater anis, crocodiles and whatever else that swims, flies or boats over there from BCI. Probably a research biologist piloting that little launch, carving that crescent wake in the water. Watercolor over pencil on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series Hardbound 8 1/2 x 11″.

A lovely rill running down the Allee ravine. Painted while standing on a footbridge of the Barbour Lathrop trail. Water soluble graphite on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series 8 1/2 x 11 hardbound sketchbook.

A lovely tropical rill running down Allee Ravine. Painted from the footbridge of the Barbour Lathrop trail. Water soluble graphite on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series 8 1/2 x 11 hardbound sketchbook.

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Debby Kaspari travels the world with sketchbook and binoculars, drawing and painting in wild and not-so-wild landscapes. Norman, Oklahoma is her home base, and she lives there with her tropical ecologist husband and a mackerel tabby named Gizmo.
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6 Responses to Back in the tropics, with paint

  1. Becky Way says:

    What an adventure! So glad you got there safely. Your drawings and paintings are lovely and wonderful, as usual. Safe travels!

  2. Sherrie York says:

    Oooh! Color me green, like everything else there.

  3. Corienne says:

    How wonderful! So glad you’re there.

  4. Look forward to sharing this adventure.

  5. Ahhh, in your element once again :). Okay gadget girl, love the setup on you tripod! Loving your creations.

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