I am loving the online course in 'The Contemporary Painting Process as a Way of Life' -- taught by Jared Knight. This guy is truly amazing and so much fun. During the first class, I made (or at least started) 4 pieces. One of the rules was "No Image." The works were to be totally abstract. Things were going fine, but then....for some reason, I was utterly compelled to add a bird image to the last one. The piece was just crying out for a bird...I really had no choice in the matter! ;)
Check out Jared's Ning site. You can still sign up for the class.