A few of my fellow artists and I took a workshop from Ed Labadie in which we worked from "chaos to order"---spraying our paper and dropping in acrylic colors, and letting things run together. Then we stand back and evaluate. We might decide to keep things abstract, or (in my case) add some subject matter (fish) to the whole thing. Here's an image of what my painting first looked like, and where I'm at right now....this thing is still in progress, mind you.
Artist Liz Walker
I'm a painter/art instructor who lives and works in Portland, Oregon.