This was the painting I began at my opening at The Daffodil Gallery. As I was finishing it, the song 'Close to You' came on the radio and thus the title as I envisioned the canoe coming forward to move closer to a loved one and the birds flying up with a clear destination - a connection. During the process I wasn't certain if the painting would be vertical or horizontal but I've decided to leave the verticals to the two longer canvases I'm currently working on. The colour palette was a bit of a stretch for me, but I do like the coral and lime together. The last thing left to do is to decide whether or not I want to add copper leaf, and if so, where and how?