Well, I suppose that would be easy with a few drinks, right?
But no, this was the comment the painting teacher made last night when she asked my goals.
“Loose”, I said, “Loose!”
Her reply: “You’ve got to get tight before you can be loose”.
Tight is easy, been there for years; there are rules to being tight! Being loose (but controlled, not just a sloppy mess, easily obtainable by yours truly in many areas!), controlled loose is very difficult. It’s the loose of Rubenstein’s rubato or that of a gifted, experienced dancer or painter or racing car driver. Those people who do glorious things where you simply can’t see the practice, the technique and all the structure underneath …but it’s truly there. The difference between just plain loose, and loose with expert delicate control is not only huge but very detectable. It’s rare that art quilters/ fibre collagers show their muses, but I happened to look at a site today where the person showed the painting that inspired her. Her work was good, but the painting was heart stopping. When I went back to her piece, it just look so humdrum next to the real thing.
So we can see it, but how to get there…to that far away mountain of looseness!! Yes it’s practice, and doing lots of work but I must admit I get a bit tired of people saying: “just do more, you’ll get there!” Is this actually true? What have you found?
Reading about theories on the development of new inventions and ideas, it is clear (as mud!) that this is a very murky, little understood, process , somewhat akin to the beginning of galaxies! Elements whirl around being stewed and stewed and then at some point begin to gel and coalesce and some form and clarity appear. Can be this be directed or hurried? How much of what we do to learn is relevant? How much is irrelevant and time-wasting?
For the moment, however, the dance goes: loose, loose, tight tight, loose!!
Any ideas??? And if you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth