Paddle Paintings by charlotte nunn

Paddle Paintings

abstract, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"



I can't remember the last time I was out in a canoe but I don't even have to close my eyes to remember almost everything about the whole BeingInACanoe-ness as if I'd just been out in one this Very Morning.

The sounds and the smells and the look and the feel - all that loveliness - especially once we'd paddled out of the choppiness of the lake into that secret-to-most little stream or creek that wound up and down and around and around for miles and miles. Remember, S? The journey would take us from breakfast 'til dinner and even then, we'd only make it as far as The Anderson Place!!

Thank God for their l-a-r-g-e boat!! AND, Bless their Hearts for always being so warm and willing to: 1) invite TheGreatAdventurers to stay for dinner; and, 2) insist on putting us in their boat - canoe and all - and zooming us back to your cottage!!

How I wish and wish and W-I-S-H you were still alive so that we could remember those Golden Days together - so that - maaaybe?! - we could do one last "All-Dayer" for old time's sake..Miss you like no one else, dearest, deeeearest friend of my youth..

I was down at Ambleside Beach the other day. It's one of those officially designated "leash-free" beaches for dogs to enjoy. And, E-N-J-O-Y it they all DO!! How YOU would laugh and delight in their antics, S!! They're all so dear and so funny - especially this one, crazy, old Basset Hound by the name of "Bridget Bardot"!! Such a character THAT dog!! She kind of waddles to the edge of the water and then just stands there, belly/boobs in the water, tail wagging with Great Enthusiasm, as she lets out the occasional, not particularly loud, not particularly energetic, deep-throated "wu-wu-wuff"!! It's as if she's a self-appointed Matriarch or something who has decided that SHE must keep her eye on all those young fools frolicking about in the waves - though she has NO intention of wearing herself out over it.

It was those waves - or, really, the appearance of those ripples - as one sweetheart-doggie after another plunged, full-force, into the water to retrieve a stick or a ball that had me Remembering all over again.

Remembering those WONDERFUL canoe trips of ours!! How old were we when we did our First "All-Dayer", I wonder? 10? About that. Your darling Mum packed us so much food that there was barely enough room left over for..US!! AND she made us wear those old-fashioned, huge, heavy, h-o-t, SCREAMING-orange life-jackets!! AND inspected us to make sure we even had those rotten crotch-straps in place and securely tied!! We HATED those things!! Still, we usually did as we were asked, didn't we? A Very W-I-S-E woman your Mum!!

Once we were in the stream-y part, the water seemed to change completely. There's a Special Magic to almost still/barely moving water, isn't there? An extra thickness or viscosity or whatever it's called. With no tourist boats or ski-boats or just-out-for-a-ride boats in 'our' stream, there were no wakes or waves or chop to mess with our paddle paintings. The water could've been a long and winding sheet of highly-polished and tinted mirror through which we slowly, gently, often silently moved 'painting' with our paddles. Remember that, S? The designs we could make by simply changing the way/the speed/etc. with which we touched the paddles to the water!! BREATH-TAKING!! The HOURS we spent doing that!! The sheer JOY we ALWAYS felt!!

'Course you often ruined them before they disappeared on their own, didn't you!! You and that WEAK bladder of yours!! You and your LOVE of Grape Pop!! Down your swimsuit would come and out over the water your bum would go and Poof! Our gorgeous designs would vanish in a hail of giddy, little-girl GIGGLES!!

L-O-V-E you Forever AND the day after that. C xxx
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What wonderful, memorable moments you have captured in your painting AND your story...I felt like I was along for the ride, with you, in that wonderful canoe...Take care, my dear friend, and 'happy painting'...BIG hugs, Carol oxo
over 1 year ago
Ohhh, C, And what a wonderful canoe it was!! Fiery RED!! An old - though it was still quite new then! - "Peterborough" - those fabulous hand-crafted canoes with all those cedar "ribs" and an outer-covering of canvas. My family had one as well though one winter, maybe 25 years ago, someone must've stolen it. When my mother went to "Open the Cottage" - usu. a 24th of May Long Weekend ritual up here in Canadian cottage-country - the canoe was..GONE!! PADDLES and all!! The company that made them went out of business away back in the early 60's, but their canoes were so fine that they are STILL highly sought after. The great thing about canoes is that you can go just about anywhere - all kinds of places that no motor-boat could ever dream of going. And canoes are SILENT!! You really can glide within a couple of feet of a skunk or a bunny before they realize you're..THERE!! Am so, sooo delighted that YOU felt as if you'd come along with us for the ride!! WISH you HAD!! So many, many thanks, my loooovely friend!! Hugs
over 1 year
Love your story according to your new painting my dearest Charlotte :) and I so much do feel alike :)
over 1 year
Many, many thanks, C!! So happy with your response to this one, my wooonderful friend!! Hugs
over 1 year
Stunning water movement and great energy, Charlotte!Love it
over 1 year
Many, many thanks, Ana!! Hugs
over 1 year
Stunning, stunning piece Charlotte. Love the fluidity of it all.
over 1 year
Sooo many, many thanks, G!! Hugs
over 1 year
very cool... i can see it.... the light and the flow,,,beautiful
over 1 year
All kinds of thank you's, C!! Hugs
over 1 year
How I remember those days. We made our own canoes from metal sheeting and hoped they would not sink. We paddled from the mainland out to an island and were circled by two sharks along the way. We just prayed that our canoe would not sink. This painting beings so many memories of my childhood Charlotte. Love the painting. Superb and thanks for bring back those wonderful memories. Hugs.
over 1 year
MADE your own CANOES!! WOWOWOW!! Such enterprising kids YOU and your bunch must've been, K!! Isn't it GLORIOUS to think about and remember!! As for those sharks..Eeek!! The most we ever had to contend with were bears and at least they were usually inland and MUCH more interested in berry-munching or stretching out in the sun on their backs and snoring!! Am so, sooo happy that this brought back a wave of such HAPPY memories, my woooonderful friend!! NO end of thanks!! Hugs
over 1 year
Oh Char such a wonderful memories to share with us you are a Doll, I can see you out in that canoe having a ball with your BFF. As for this painting oh but I do love those blues and greens my dear a water wonder, B E A U T I F U L!!!
over 1 year
Sooo many, many thanks, C!! You might know the lake I'm remembering: Stony - up in the Kawarthas. There weren't many cottages back then and so, everybody knew everybody and because of that, kids of 10 or so REALLY COULD go off for the day on their own!! Imagine not just a Paradise, but a SAFE Paradise to boot!! I haven't been back in years and years but I'm told that it's CRAMMED with cottages now AND that those God-Awful "Zebra Mussles" - have I got the right name? - are EVERYWHERE!! In addition, there's so much lake-traffic that the water now has a permanent oily sheen/surface!! We used to..DRINK that water straight from the lake, it was such BEAUTIFUL water!! Oh dear, I DO sound old and crotchety and stuff, don't I!! SORRY!! Sooo happy you like this one!! Hugs
over 1 year
Hi Charlotte! Thasnk you for submitting this wonderful painting with all it's beautiful blue hues to the group It's A Blue World!!
Warm regards, Bob
over 1 year
Sooo many, many thanks, Bob!! Really delighted you like this one, my looovely friend!! Happy Victoria Day!! Hugs
over 1 year
Yummy! Just devine!
over 1 year
Many, many thanks, A!! Hugs
over 1 year
so incredible work Charlotte!
over 1 year
Many, many thanks, M!! Hugs
over 1 year
I can see all kind of eyes and faces , was that ment to be? or am I just imagining things!! I really like it anyway. Love the colors also!! Gwen
over 1 year
ABSOLUTELY!! The Joy of Paddle Painting - ANY sort of abstract painting - is that it can be..ANYthing!! Sooo happy you like this one, Geen!! Many, many thanks!! Hugs
over 1 year
Wonderful work again Charlotte,love your stories of times past
over 1 year
Many, many thanks, H!! Really happy with your reaction to this one, my looovely friend!! Hugs
over 1 year
Great story, but a brilliant painting like this would just have to have a real tale to it
over 1 year
YOU are sooo warm and encouraging and kind and generous, Gramps!! I often worry that I enjoy spending time in the past too much but, Life was so, soooo WONDERFUL awaaaay back when: why not go back for visits?! Am sooo happy with your reaction to this one!! NO end of thanks!! Love to all!!
over 1 year
Love this, the reflections and the flow of the water, beautiful!
over 1 year
Many, many thanks, N!! Hugs
over 1 year
Char! thank you for sharing this magic. It feels like I'm in the canoe looking into the water! I just love this tranquil piece! Or should I say, peace. ;)
M:))
over 1 year
Definitely "Peace"!! LOVE that, M!! Sooo grand to know that GORGEOUS sense comes through!! All kinds of thank you's, my woooonderful friend!! Hugs
over 1 year
''Beautiful'' Charlotte,, the rippled water,, memories of a paddle and canoe,, ''How I love to gaze into the flood of reflections '',,This is a favorite,, indeed.. Thank you dear, for the memories,,,, Sincerely Doris
over 1 year
Ohhh, Doris, What warm and lovely and generous things to say!! Can't thank you enough, my loooovely friend!! Hugs

P.S. How are you doing?! Much, much better I so, sooo hope!! More hugs
over 1 year
Charlotte, You have really captured the waters flow and movement. Love the color palette. Amazing. Linda
over 1 year
Many, many thanks, L!! Really happy with your reaction to this one!! Hugs
over 1 year
Stunning, stunning my dear Charlotte!!! Love the movement!!! Many, many compliments my friend! Hugs, Angela :D
over 1 year
Thank you and thank you, Angela!! Sooo delighted with your response to this one!! Hugs
over 1 year
Your words are great and your art is magnificent!
over 1 year
no end of thanks, d!! you have just made my whole day!! hugs
over 1 year
beautiful color, :]
over 1 year
Many, many thanks, L!! Really happy you like this one!! Hugs
over 1 year
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charlotte nunn"Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love I can: all of them make me laugh." W.H. Auden

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