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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41 comments
Totally fabulous darling, gorgeous work Charlotte, I love it!!:))
over 2 years ago
NO end of thanks, Lynnie!! Whaaat a warm and encouraging and generous soul YOU are!! Hugs
over 2 years
I love this one. It made me think about what there would that I can 't see. Love the colours and pattern.
over 2 years
All kinds of thank you's, Suzette!! Sooo happy you like this one!! Hugs
over 2 years
Oh yes this is so beautifully done! Reminds me of the water when I am kayaking! Which is every Wednesday now that it is warm. Great paddle painting! Love it!
over 2 years
Ohhh, Aaaanita!! YOU..KAYAK!! How WONDERFUL!! Sooo tickled that this painting reminds you of the water you get to..REJOICE in every Wed.!! All sorts of thank you's, my looovely AND l-u-c-k-y friend!! Hugs
over 2 years
Love this , gorgeous colour - and I am just drawn into the painting by the marvellous design and depths ! hugs x Leonora
over 2 years
All kinds of thank you's, L!! Sooo delighted you like this one, my loooovely friend!! Hugs
over 2 years
Charlotte, Always such beautiful and uniques paintings that I love!!!!Love the story of the canoe trip too. All go together so beautifully. Your are so special...Ann
over 2 years
YOU are so special, Ann!! What a GIFT you have for ALWAYS giving me such a lift, lift, LIFT, my loooovely friend!! NO end of thanks!! Hugs
over 2 years
This is a really fabulous abstract Charlotte, I just love the colours and the water effect, excellent work, warmest regards Jillian
over 2 years
Thank you and thank you, J!! LOVE that you can see just what I was trying to show/express!! Hugs
over 2 years
beautiful painting and a beautiful ode to a friend gone too soon. this is the greatest way to remember a friendship that i can think of...

cris
over 2 years
Ohhh, Cris, She really did go waaaay too soon..The year we were both 49. Until then, I'd always and ALWAYS just taken it for granted that, when we were ancient, we'd spend allllsortsoftime together sitting on that grand, old dock of hers, drinking Margaritas or somesuchconcoction and Remembering together..Can't thank you enough for your comments on the painting AND, especially, for your warm and tender insight, my loooovely friend. HUGE, warm hugs
over 2 years
oh you are so welcome, my dear. i can't imagine losing my buddy. she had a brain tumor a few years ago and that brought the reality around very intensely. at any rate, hugs and love back to you and i know in my heart she is admiring your paintings and saying "go on, have that drink!!!"
cris
over 2 years
Hi Charlotte
Marvelous, it immediately brought to mind still water disturbed by something, perhaps, indeed, a paddle. Despite the movement there is something calming in this, maybe the colours do it. Love it.

Regards

Molly
over 2 years
Thank you and thank you, Mo!! Sooo happy this one 'speaks' to you the way it does!! Hugs
over 2 years
This is so 'liquid' Charlotte. Feels like I couldn't pick it up, it would just run out between my fingers!
over 2 years
"..would just run between my fingers"!! LOVE that, G!! Whaaaat a GORGEOUS thing to say!! Can't thank you enough!! Hugs
over 2 years
Charlotte, this is gorgeous,, we can feel the water moving in there, no wonder Brigitte loves it. Congrats as usual on this one and all the others..

Denise
over 2 years
Deeear Bridget, Such a darling, DARLING, old doggie!! Sooo happy with your response to this one, D!! NO end of thanks, my woooonderful friend!! Hugs
over 2 years
Super cool idea you brought out to life. Laurel
over 2 years
Many, many thanks, L!! Really delighted with your response, my looovely friend!! Hugs
over 2 years
How wonderfully vibrant and energetic,I LOVE the way you have portrayed the water in this, it is simply awesome Charlotte and I LOVE you write up,it gave me goose bumps!!
over 2 years
Ohhh, C, Whaaaaat a GORGEOUS thing to say: that "it gave me goose bumps"!! Can't tell you what that means to me!! NO end of thanks, my woooooonderful friend!! Hugs
over 2 years
Nixce one Charlotte. I can see where you are coming from with this abstract.Unusual for me!
over 2 years
Hi Dear Charlotte, Your painting is outstanding. I can see the water moving around the canoe right now. What wonderful childhood memories you have, dear C. I am so thankful you have these memories for us to hear and enjoy. Such a nice friendship you shared with your best friend. I know she had great fun with you. How very proud she would be to see you now and I do feel she sees you from up above. She is delighted you have this remembrance and shared it with your fans. She loves your work and your wonderful life stories. This is delightful to read, as well as see, dear C. Oh how often when reading this, I can sit here wishing I was one of the group having this wonderful, good old fashioned fun. Where I lived we pretended to be in the Sound of Music, singing and dancing just like in the movie. Oh how fun was that; we all wanted to be Julie Andrews and would take turns. Love your stories and paintings. I do hope to meet you one day. It would be my pleasure. Love to you and thank you from all of us, Gail
over 2 years
wow ...beautiful abstract art...like looking at a reflection of a beautiful blue forest
over 2 years
Another great piece....You must have a canvas in front of you at all times. I love the blue with the spots of green to add the flavor needed...Great! Wanda Russell
over 2 years
wow this is gorgeous!!! Love the colors and how you've managed to create such movement in it...Great piece of art!!!
over 2 years
Beautiful work !
over 2 years
Charlotte this is just stunning. I did a study on water once and this is by far and away the best thing I have seen, flipping wonderful
over 2 years
I just noticed this one, C! Very cool, although I think it's hanging sideways, haha! It appears more landscapey if turned counter clockwise, but also interesting in any other position - again, can see lots of stuff! I like the wavy lines/straight ones combo!
over 1 year
Clever old YOUUU, S!! This one IS sideways!! It's how "Paddle Paintings" (title) - those 'designs' you make in the water with your paddle when you're in a canoe - look when you're sitting/standing in a canoe. NO end of thanks, my looovely friend!! 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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