We're on Sugarloaf Key, 17 miles north of Key West. A must-do every Saturday morning is the Big Pine flea market. The stated goal is the fresh produce trucked down from Homestead, but the real draw is the all the rest. Booths manned by locals, east-coast-accented professional hawkers and snake oil salesmen sell every thing from head shop gear straight out of the 70s to ladies balloon underwear, 3 for $12. The people watching is THE best: retirees, bikers and their gal pals, ageing hippies, conchs and crackers. The center of activity is the donut shack, the inspiration for my first Keys painting. Acrylic underpainting, just beginning.