This is an easy four-step project.
1.) Choose a color you love.
I chose mauve; somewhere inbetween lavendar, lilac and gray. The sunsets at Asilomar in Monterey used to be mauve. I used to watch the sunset almost everyday there was a sunset. I used to love living by the ocean.
2.) Choose a symmetrical or geometric shape. I was really into arebesques and jali screens at the time. Checkout Moroccan art to get a sense of the amazing geometry. Use a pencil to sketch out the design. That's all you need.
3.) Choose an animal or subject matter with a little bit of shadow and higlight that you're really feeling. Think about what it means to you, because that's going to determine the phrase you place next to your image. Sketch out your animal with paint, and bring in the details with color, shadow and highlight.
4.) Choose a word that your subject means to you. Seagulls are the freest animal I know, so I chose the word 'freedom'. That's what they represent to me. I chose a spot to place it on the side. Test out your typography, it doesn't have to be horizontal. In fact it can go on a diagonal. It doesn't have to be cursive. View the many different kinds of font typefaces our there designed by typographers, artists, and font foundries. Sketch your word if you need to, and use a brush to trace out the form.
Voila! A meaningful piece of work that English readers will recognize right away.