For me, a piece begins by painting with a singular color, and complementing that with another color and several more, concentrating on both the negative and positive space at the same time. Usually I begin with no main image in mind. I tune in to a stream of consciousness and let the images come out of the paint, pastel, ink or whatever medium I am using. I liken this technique to that of artists, writers, and even sports players who say they're in the "zone." If you've been there, then you know this feeling. It comes from deep within yourself, and allows you to create from another plane of consciousness.
The result, an expression of a highly concentrated colorful piece that incorporates the human form and figure.