Monday, July 25, 2005

New Ways to Avoid Making Art

Quick: Gotta post something before July runs out.

I admit it: I’ve been obsessed with the Tour de France.

I’m getting really nervous because the US Open is coming up. I think I could become a sports tv junkie.

I put the borders on the first quiltlet (Polka Dot Jersey) in what I hope will be a Tour de France series using solids and some crazy polka dot fabric inspired by Sandi Cummings’ Thinking Outside the Block book and her quilt at The Cotton Patch, Using Leftovers.

I feel as if I can’t post any pictures because nothing is finished (or close!). A convenient ruse?

I started this blog in the hopes that it would encourage me to finish things and hopefully get positive feedback. Instead, I just keep starting things and I haven’t been posting because I have nothing to show.

I’ve been thinking about the following quotes:

If you know where it’s going, it’s not worth doing. (Frank Gehry from an article in the New York Times how every movie and rock star wants to be a designer.)

And this from Sandi’s book:
The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist. The need to produce a great work of art makes it hard to produce any art at all. (Julia Cameron)

My goal this week is to finish something, anything, take a picture of it, and post it: throw caution to the winds.

2 comments:

Debra said...

Joan,

When you get used to posting pictures of SOMETHING, not waiting until the thing is "perfect"... it will free you a lot.

That's one reason I often post things in progress... it keeps me working on it.. and it also shows the process of the work.. what interests me in reading other people's blogs.

Tonya R said...

I like both these quilts - fun colors.
I understand the obsession with the Tour de France - I've been hooked since '98 and have have have to watch it (except for some of those flat, boring stages). And I've gotten hooked on tennis over the last few years as well. Unfortunately we didn't get Wimbledon on any or our channels and the U.S. Open was always on at weird times.
I actually dislike sports in general but both cycling and tennis are excellent to quilt to. I like hearing the stories about the athletes as I work.