A cedar strip canoe is a beautiful thing! Canvas on wood frame: while similar to bark canoes in the use of ribs, and a waterproof covering, the construction method is different, being built by bending ribs over a solid mold. Once removed from the mold, the decks, thwarts and seats are installed, and canvas is stretched tightly over the hull. The canvas is then treated with a combination of varnishes and paints to render it more durable and watertight. This particular canoe handled very well in the windy waters of Buck Lake. The water did seep in between some of the cedar strips. It was fun!
There are a million colours in a canoe... and I see everyone. Harry Chapin song
As I was painting, I realized that I was starting to dab - then Tom Cochrane's "The Secret Is To Know When To Stop" came into the playlist. I stopped. That song is from Cochrane's album "Mad Mad World". It is crazy and I knew that I had to stop working on this painting before I killed it with a thousand strokes. It had been finished an hour before and my current brush strokes were not adding anything. I would paint this canoe one more time in #1823 "In the Shadows".
November 1st, 2016
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