There is this game I've been playing with myself: often I'll make a painting inspired by someone, a person in my life, someone close to me I know well or someone I haven't figured out yet but I'd like to get to know better. After I finish an image inspired by another person I go through my portfolio looking in which of the five ongoing series of paintings the picture could fit into. But that's not the "game" part of the process.
The thing is, for me to better understand and categorize my own work I made a connection between the series of paintings and astrology. You see, when you're an intuitive painter and your art revolves around emotions, inner worlds and process of self discovery you gotta do extra little something to help you navigate those inner worlds and not get drowned in pure emotion. Since I've been very much into astrology (for over twenty years now, time flies) I've linked my art series with planetary aspects, for example I call The House of Indefinable Pleasures my Venus/Neptune series (I have that particular aspect in my birth chart so it makes sense to me). Deep sea/Deep Space is another one of Neptuinan series (in that case I think of more about Neptune in aspect with Sun) and Uncharted Territory is my Uranian series etc.
So, when I intuitively make a painting inspired by someone else and go about to see where the image fits an astrologer in me wants to see which "planetary energies" the object of my inspiration corresponds the most, like: "Wow, a painting about this guy fits into my Plutonian series (Enter the Underworld), what does that mean?"
Others don't have to know anything about astrology to understand my work, I am totally ok with people interpreting my work any way they want and I almost never go telling others I made a painting about them either, it's just a little fun game I play with myself, merging art and astrology and creating a weird system for myself. I guess, since both art and astrology have been such huge interests of mine it was bound to happen :) It's been so personally fulfilling to work this way I've been constantly thinking how to connect my art and interest in astrology in deeper way. I have no idea how to go about it yet, but I'm sure it will reveal itself to me.
On an unrelated note here is my latest painting, it's called Cauldron and it's about cooking up some new ideas.