I always know exactly what I want to paint. Generally, the texture underneath all the aluminum leaf and paint determines everything, except...except with abstracts. With abstracts, I never EVER know where it's going at all. When I try to figure it out ahead of time, I ruin the painting. Been there, done that. Abstracts are so different, and an really therapeutic exercise because I CAN NOT plan it out at all...it comes together as it comes together. They really literally have their own voice (and you need to know the secret artist password to hear the voice). This painting makes me happy. Every time I look at it I see something different. I like it when that happens.