One of the things I have learned in my recent abstract painting class is the importance of naming your image. The act of giving your painting a name helps to focus the work.
So, before I began this painting, done in MyPaint, I decided my theme and name would be energy.
My teacher is right, having a word in mind begins the process of forming the image. As the seascape (one of my favorite subjects) began to emerge, the color choices and the brush strokes just flowed naturally.