Oil on canvas.


I painted this paddle a few years ago. It has accompanied me on countless adventures and has seen many beautiful lakes in Ontario. It has even made an appearance in a few of my oil paintings, including this recent one. This painting is my final tribute.

Not only have I used this paddle to propel the canoe, but also to push off rocks, as a balancing stick while portaging across muddy areas, to draw pictures in the sand... I lost count how many times it has been scraped, banged in shallow water or tangled in lily pads. On my last canoe trip the blade finally split. It is now officially retired from canoe tripping but it will be proudly displayed in my home. Time to paint a new one…

Ode To the Paddle

Marta Stares



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