I use the tools of childhood, while recalling and ignoring the formal theories I learned at school. Adult sober intellect drives my body to respond with childlike activity, forcing my self to recognize and follow the contradiction.
For me, making art is a visceral experience and a meditation. My abstractions are born of thoughts that come to me through the day, usually at first awakening. Often the thought is simply a line or a negative space that I choose to follow with my hand.
I consciously decide what the form will be. Allowing my hand to follow a random path, I periodically make conscious decisions on formal content, movement, and line. Brush size and color are other conscious determinations, but most of these decisions are made in the abstract recesses of my mind. In the end, the results are the maps of my brain, my psyche. They are the routes of my synapses.http://www.allencsmith.com