Concept or tradition?
Well, here's a piece I painted a few months ago. I'm sure I meant something deep and meaningful by it, and it is quite possible that the choice of character for each letter was important to me at the superficial, the aesthetic, and the fundamentaly spiritual levels. Of course I could just be hiding the meaning behind a post-post modernist diatribe (which is as likely to obscure as hiding it behind a wardrobe), or it could just be that I propped up an old book of Roman lettering and placed a bunch of cheap toys in front of the book because I really like to paint still-life subjects. To be candid, I'm afraid that whatever my reason was, it has escaped me, but I'm sure the concept was sound.