I enjoyed painting the still life involving the coffee
grinder, pot, cups and so forth, so decided to do another one. Here, I'm featuring some typical Panamanian tools, the
coa and the machete. The former is used principally to dig holes for fence posts and to chop through stubborn roots.
The machete is used for practically everything else (although, I'm sad to say, it is now being largely replaced by the weed-eater,
or as it is known here, the "wider"). The coa in this painting belonged to Esther's grandmother, so it qualifies
as an antique. The straw hat is worn throughout the rural areas of the country and I think this one may be from Penonomé.
I filled a blue plastic glass half full of cold water and put it on the collapsible stool with the machete where it has sweated
a little and dripped down onto the terracotta tiles. I photographed this setup in the midday sun so the shadows on the
whitewashed wall and tiles would be dramatic. The idea was to make the viewer feel the blistering heat of that tropical
sun on his neck as he views the painting. the canvas measures 24x36 inches so everything shown is about 3/4 actual size.