Life is all about place and for me, Canoe Lake is one of those special places. I paddled between 19 and 23 kilometres on Sunday October 2nd 2016 around the perimeter of Canoe Lake. I did some experimentation and a typical paddle stroke moved the canoe about 10 feet. Apparently it took about 7000 paddle strokes to go the distance. I paddled for about six hours that day to cover the distance that I measured. The math comes out as 1.8 to 2.0 paddle strokes a minute which thinking back, sounds just about right. I was lolly-goggling and quite enjoying the paddle and not in any kind of rush despite the impending weather.
My Canoe Lake paintings based on that paddle tally to 3291.7 square inches not counting the larger panels based on those smaller works. I am sill painting those larger canvases. With ten strokes as an average per square inch, that comes to 32917 brush strokes or let’s just round that number to 33 thousand brush strokes – more or less.
It is interesting that it took me almost five times as many brush strokes (33 thousand) to cover the panels as the number of paddle strokes (7 thousand) to cover the distance. I need to go back now and do that paddle again to check my calculations.
The following posts are listed in order of the Canoe Lake Paddle. The links will be added as the posts are written.
How many paintings can I get out of a single day? https://niume.com/post/198792
How many strokes to paddle around Canoe Lake? https://niume.com/post/201450
The first three paintings from Canoe Lake https://niume.com/post/213997
Another couple of paintings from my paddle around Canoe Lake... https://niume.com/post/216017
Paddling the west shore of Canoe Lake https://niume.com/post/219070
Paddling the west shore of Canoe Lake... https://niume.com/post/221633
It is all in the light... https://niume.com/post/226286
Commit to do it with passion or not at all… https://niume.com/post/229382
Why would a reflection be darker than the real thing? https://niume.com/post/233097
Is it time to head back to Canoe Lake? https://niume.com/post/239188
Fallen Soldier https://niume.com/post/283816
Red Chair https://niume.com/post/283818
Blue Boat Bay https://niume.com/post/283819
Sheltered Shores https://niume.com/post/283820
October Bay https://niume.com/post/283821
Reflecting Canoe Lake https://niume.com/post/283824
Canoe Lake Point https://niume.com/post/283826
Deciduous Shore https://niume.com/post/283827
Canoe Lake Colours https://niume.com/post/283830
Still Standing https://niume.com/post/283831
Blazing Crimson https://niume.com/post/283833
Stages of Life https://niume.com/post/283836
Calm Canoe Lake Reflections https://niume.com/post/277863
Leaning Tree Bay https://niume.com/post/283838
Spruce Island https://niume.com/post/283839
Little Wapomeo https://niume.com/post/244321
Gilmour Island https://niume.com/post/244830
Blecher's Place https://niume.com/post/250189
Trainor Cottage https://niume.com/post/252059
Canoe Lake Bunkies https://niume.com/post/259768
Canoe Lake Whites https://niume.com/post/262030
Yellow Maples https://niume.com/post/263030
Shoreline Foliage https://niume.com/post/263956
Canoe Lake Autumn https://niume.com/post/264984
Black Spruce Point https://niume.com/post/265390
Long Bay https://niume.com/post/267029
Potter Creek https://niume.com/post/267751
Birches Canoe Lake https://niume.com/post/247687
Mowat Cemetery Path https://niume.com/post/269530
Remembering Ja’s and Tom https://niume.com/post/269548
Canoe Lake Overcast https://niume.com/post/271067
Thomson Cairn https://niume.com/post/271076
Water Lines https://niume.com/post/271120
Black Spruce Sentinels https://niume.com/post/271320
Foot Bridge https://niume.com/post/271323
Dead Spruce Point https://niume.com/post/276891
Red Roofs Canoe Lake https://niume.com/post/277787
Sailors Club House https://niume.com/post/277799
Canoe Lake Cottage Island https://niume.com/post/277809
Canoe Lake Rain Clouds https://niume.com/post/277816
Canoe Lake Rain https://niume.com/post/277834
Canoe Lake Light https://niume.com/post/277844
Canoe Lake Chairs https://niume.com/post/277858
Canoe Lake Paddle Pilgrimage - the Studio Scene-quels...
These larger works were created in the Singleton Studio on those winter days with significant wind chills. I froze my hands a few times and they just can't take the cold as well anymore.
#1884 "Large Little Wapomeo" https://niume.com/post/277872
#1888 "Whiskey Jack Bay" https://niume.com/post/295947
#1890 "Son of the Birches" https://niume.com/post/296145
#1892 “Dead Spruce” https://niume.com/post/296150
There are maybe more to come but I have not painted them yet.
"Phil Chadwick's Canoe Lake series is wonderful. He not only captures the water and fall colours perfectly, but the 'personality' of the shoreline and cottages that make this lake so very special." Roy MacGregor - Tom Thomson expert, author and friend.
Some thoughts as we come to the end of this particular paddle... can you buy a life?
Warmest regards from Phil the Forecaster … keep your paddle in the water… and your oils and brushes clean...
PS: Phil’s Ongoing “Magazines” https://flipboard.com/@PhilChadwic2016 including my growing self-published book on Tom Thomson, my own art, Canadiana and even some humour...
PSS: Here is a link to my Canoe Lake Gallery on Pixels.
PSSS: Here is a link to my other Phil the Forecaster Galleries on Pixels.
Each numbered circle on the map of Canoe Lake below is the location of that painting. There are still some scenes left to paint...