72 x 38 x 2 inches
© Mark Lightfoot
I make art without any preconcieved agenda or concept. I may have vague images occurring in my mind, but I am not attached to anything clear or specific.
I begin by making marks on a blank paper or canvas surface with brushes, rags, plastic sheeting and other tools until the surface has layers of movement and texture. I avoid conscious thinking or planning at this point in the process, keeping my mind open and responding to what is happening in the moment.
I usually work on several pieces at once. The artworks have no fixed top or bottom at this point: I rotate the surfaces many times while applying the paint. As I work, I let my eyes travel into the developing paint layers.
When I feel sufficient complexity is achieved, I hang the dried pieces on my studio wall. I will spend several hours or days looking at the pieces, until images begin to emerge. I rotate the piece often to see which position reveals the energy that dictates the result.
When I begin to see shapes, lines and eventually forms appearing, I will slowly begin to define them, building up layers of paint with controlled brushwork. When working on canvas, I will often introduce layers of oil paint after the canvas has been sealed with acrylic medium. When working on paper, drawing tools such as colored pencil, charcoal or pastel are used as well.