I tend to be out of my mind when I paint. (I can hear you snickering and saying, "Lady, you're out of your mind all the time!") I do not like to think, plan, contemplate, analyze, linger or doubt. It is a bit of a right brain frenzy, if you will. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I think the one above works.
I have a psychologist friend who always pays close attention to the literal numbers or numbers of things that appear in a client's dreams, doodles or artwork. I recall one time when she waited while I completed a telephone conversation. While talking on the phone I was unconsciously doodling, drawing flowers. When the phone call was over, she grabbed my paper (we are good friends and such liberties do not bother me) and proceeded to count the flowers and then probe me for the significance. The number did relate to something I was dealing with ... not in any earth-shattering way ... but interesting nonetheless.
When the above acrylic piece was finished, I remembered her little fetish and for fun counted up the number of figures that had slid off of my palette knife and onto the canvas. Hmmmm .... seven, and two less distinct ones in the background and one more really indistinct figure. Ta da! There are seven members of my immediate (blood-related) family including two granddaughters. And...ta da!... there are two sons-in-law. And hopefully, a soon to be found daughter-in-law. (Well, that's my fantasy - not sure if it is my son's!)
My friend says the unconscious does not do anything that does not having meaning for the one doing it. Many examples in my life and the lives of my clients have proven her to be correct. You might have a little fun paying attention to the numbers you write, doodle, dream, or draw, too.
Oh yes, I am still deciding what to title this painting. Any ideas?