I began doing this kind of art with an idea drawn from the Taoist tradition. I thought of the empty bowl. A discussion of the idea which inspired and informed me can be read at the Personal Tao.
The idea I begin with is that there is virtually unlimited potential in anything. This virtue is present and observed in the operating principles of the natural world. I think of it as an analog of the E= MC2 principle applied to consciousness.
I never cease to surprise myself when I see what I end up with. In this instance I began with the photograph of a bud encased in ice. It held the potential to produce something completely unexpected.
I added some of my standard "Fire People" characters as I saw how the original was morphing.
Art by David H. Roche