I often used this method when I was younger but I tend to think of it a bit differently nowadays. I no longer like the idea of not thinking through any portion or process of an artwork. My aim is to immerse every work with as much thinking as I possibly can. Interestingly, that does not mean that I refrain from erratic or chaotic mark-making. I just like to decide when and where to do it, by way of thinking.
The same philosophy was applied to this little drawing on top of my daughter’s painting. I drew the human figure as if he was daydreaming. He seems to notice the odd-looking creature perched on him but he is really just staring off into space. His thoughts are attracting the harmful creature to him because it is feeding on them and simultaneously encouraging the process. The creature positions itself in a fashion as if it is squeezing the thoughts out of the human.
The creature represents destructive spiritual forces that bear ill will towards humanity. They are allowed access into our being by our erroneous deeds and find a way to keep developing the thought processes that encourage the repetition of those errors or the desire to experiment with greater wrongs.
In other words, the human figure represents ignorance and carelessness in thinking. We all bear the inner tendency towards error, but victory can only be achieved with right knowledge.
Corinthians II 10:3-5