This painting is precious to me as it reminds me of how my father who passed away a little less than 1 year ago used to take me out in his canoe (his was aluminum and later fiberglass when he got into white water canoeing. He taught all 6 of his children how to paddle, do the J stroke and how he used the paddle in the stern as a rudder to steer the canoe. He always started teaching us by each of us kids in the bow and him in the stern, guiding. We knew when we were doing well when he allowed us to take the stern position! Thank you for rekindling these almost forgotten memories of my Dad. He went on to teach his grandchildren the basics of canoeing also!
Sheri Jo Posselt replied:
When I painted BirchBark Canoe, I had a variety of those same type of moments, only they flooded in, in the form many different loved ones enjoying the same memories. My husband and each of our children. Then I thought of me enjoying the same closeness, I think everyone feels when in a canoe with their children. Other wonderful moments with my nephews and nieces. Always great fun, laughter and love. I hope someday my grandchildren will be in that canoe with me, too.