Like Freehand had, is it possible to draw a shape without a fill or stroke and then when the shape has been closed/completed, the fill would automatically be applied?
Choose the pen or shape tool and then select the fill and/or stroke colors you'd like, then draw and close. It will default to the colors selected. And as mentioned in this thread, you can just change those colors at will by choosing the selection tool and selecting the shape. Not sure if there is something I am not understanding.