I started with journaling. I used a cool color pallet and scrapped paint onto the paper. With pencil, I began "excavate" and outline shapes. I immediately saw human shapes; probably influenced by my journaling.
I then painted the shapes and then the negative space. For some reason, I was drawn to paint one shape my favorite turquoise - it's heavy body so quite dark. But something told me to leave it. I thought the shape about "her" was the mentor so I drew in a face shape and hair. Doing that, she somehow seemed to lose power. I left it overnight, not knowing where I'd go with it.
When I returned to it I saw the need to erase the face and hair. I then saw the "mentor" in the lower left corner. She looks like a woman in prayer. Following my instinct (intuition), I added gold glitter to the shape around the dark "head". I also added gold symbols and lines around the edges of the painting.
I've named it "Ancient Voices" as that was the CD I was listening to and it seems to fit. I'm not sure if I'll do any more to this, like filling in the spaces with doodles or details ... for now it seems complete.