I have observed over the years that qualities and events I have painted have often come into being. This is not just my experience.
As well as that, there is something mysterious about working with symbols that bypasses our limited conscious mind and goes straight into our subconscious where real change can happen. It is said that symbols are the language of the unconscious.
Last week in class I had my students do a writing prompt on which quality they would like to have, if it would just be theirs without any effort. Then we chose an animal that we felt embodied that quality.
It has been a while since I have done an art journal page around a conscious idea. I usually work very spontaneously, making lots of backgrounds, collecting collage images that appeal to me and sticking them in where it looks good. Then adding writing where I feel to. A lot of synchronicity can happen that way.
In class the quality I chose was gumption. The animal was the bear. The other night as I was working on these pages, I found an old background that I had hated. When I placed the images on it, it was perfect. My two bears fit like it was made for them.
It is a very simple spread and still unfinished, but I feel empowered every time I look at it.