It all starts with numbers...
For each piece in the series "Random Acts of Beauty," I use an online resource to generate an array of random integers. I arbitrarily assign each number to represent a particular image variable—for example, big/small, black/white, circle/square. I draft a grid on paper or panel, and then "transcribe" what the random numbers represent. I sometimes make mistakes in transcription, and I incorporate these mistakes into the piece—another way to be open to chaos.
Because all the "thinking" happens before I start a piece, creating the piece itself is almost mindless. The rhythm of transcription induces a sense of calm, and indeed I have used this process as a meditation in moments of stress.