Today I started a another new 36x48 canvas - whew! four on the go when I tend to prefer to work one at a time, I guess this is another personal challenge. This time I listened to a CD my daughter made for me for Christmas and the song I chose to was 'Northern Girl' by Terri Clark. I closed my eyes and began 'finger painting' the images in my mind - northern lights, the boreal forest, mounds of cold, fluffly snow filled with the tracks of many wild animals. When I opened my eyes I was pleased with this 'image' as I could see vesitges of what I saw in my imagination. I chose prussian blue and a dioxazine purple mixed with some titanium white as my two cool colours to begin and I'm pleased with this beginning. Being in my studio, listening to some of my favorite music, with a beeswax candle burning on my window ledge and painting...everything that gives me absolute joy.