The Guide - Yellow Cedar Steering Paddle

Rod Smith & Steve Smith

The Guide - Yellow Cedar Steering Paddle

Rod Smith & Steve Smith
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79" x 10 1/2" x 1 1/2"

Artist Statement: The steering paddle was a real challenge to paint! I followed the natural lines of the paddle to make my thin formlines enclose the rest of the design. I wanted to place a lot of design elements within this piece. Steve balanced his side with stronger, bolder elements which calmed this massive yellow cedar piece.
- Rod Smith GALUYAGMI

 

This is a collaboration that Rod started painting first. The plan for this paddle was for Rod to paint the bottom of one side and the top of the opposite side, so that his work and mine would be on both sides of the paddle. What struck me most with the work that Rod did was how intricately it was painted. I was really blown away with all of the painting he had done on it. The colors that Rod chose to use were red, black and green, so with those colors in mind I began contemplating what to do. I intentionally went very simple and bold to offset Rod's painting. In doing so, this is a definite mixture of collaboration and contrast. The thin delicate lines and fine brush strokes are juxtaposed to my long sweeping formline and thick, bold painting style.
- Steve Smith DLA'KWAGILA

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