This is an oldie but a goodie I dug up last week to explain how sometimes themes just come together without you even noticing. to my 12 year old painters. We were playing with mixed media last week. The story with this one goes; I painted a bare tree branch, because – why not-, then found this pretty magazine scrap that was a beautiful turquoise, I had the song lyrics ‘still I will praise you’ going over and over in my head so I added them. Once it was finished check out this cool theme that came together= the bare tree branch in the background, symbolizing the rough times. The newly growing tree full of color and life representing the good times. And the lyrics “still I will praise you”. So cool. I bet real artists can plan these sorts of things ; ).