An artist friend of mine was saying that she wished that her work was looser. She does very linear — and wonderful, beautiful — pictures. And her ccmment set me thinking again about the tension between a loose approach and an incisive one. Like my friend, I’ve wanted to push myself toward a looser manner of depiction yet often I feel something holding me back. Am not sure what it is.
One way of inquiring into the question, however, is to copy an artist whose loose approach to things I find continually fascinating. So I whipped out the Bonnard book. (Would be nice to whisk myself off to see the real Mccoy but it’s at MOMA and I’m in DC.)
If I copy something that is loose, I am loose. Push toward the incisive as much as I please. If it’s loose, so am I.