My camera takes wonderful photos and often I use photos as a jumping off place for a painting. The painting below was not inspired by a photo but by a meditation. I can often get so wrapped up in the holiday season that I lose who I am and what the season is really all about. Yesterday I began my time in my studio with Christmas music and some quiet breathing time. Often when I meditate I feel as if I've been lifted out of myself into a deeper place. Feelings rather than pictures flood me and it was with that feeling that I began this painting. I began painting what I thought was to be an ocean scene but it was as if the painting itself had other ideas and I'm not really surprised. Trees and water speak to me and give me peace.