October 3, 2020

ART &. FEAR. Observations. On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. DAVID BAYLES. TED ORLAND. SANTA CRUZ, CA & EUGENE, OR. The book’s co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working Art & Fear has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from. The little page book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, written by David Bayles and Ted Orland, is one of.

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Look also for the guidelines approaching the best methods by which artists can work, and be inspired, by other artists living and dead in a way which is healthy and proactive as opposed to threatening. In the end it all comes down to this: Make your life your art. Jul 27, Abel rated it really liked it Shelves: There is a lot of merit to learning how to draw the figure if nothing else, but they never address that school might give you the tools to address technical matters.

So basically, it anc a few gold nuggets that got it a second star, but it really wasn’t a great read. The authors cite that many artistic fears originate in places outside of their imaginations and supportive art-making environments. To be fair though, I am already finding myself repeating to myself some of the key sentences from the book, that were particularly on point.

This book is about the challenges in making, or not making, art.

The word “creativity” is not mentioned anywhere in the book, except in the tiny segment that points this out to the reader. Anyway, it’s a quick read and if you enjoy pseudo intellectual banter that lacks meaningful content then you might enjoy more of it than I Perhaps is it was new information in the early nineties, but now it’s so readily available, it just seems like a giant yawn.


Ordinary art means so I soaked up the first half of this slim guide with frequent shouts of “Yes!

Art & Fear: 17 years on

Unfortunately this half of the book reads more like a list dagid vendettas: Art is a high calling — fears are coincidental. Just work at it. Notify me of new posts via email. When the authors mentioned Watson and Crick, he failed to mention Franklin, and while that would have been a forgivable omission inthe copy I had was a edition, and that should have been rectified. He takes great pictures we call him the family photographer because he always has his camera at family functions.

It’s difficult to picture the Virgin Mary painting landscapes.

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

My library Help Advanced Book Search. As is common, it’s loaded with adages andd how art is made by people who make art, not people who stop and how hard work is hard to distinguish from talent, and that most artists feel like frauds, but none of that struck me as anything special. Sep 03, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: Image Continuum Press- Art – pages.

Me when people ask how can be both the longest year in history while also already being over wtf? Meanwhile, the artist hopes to make a living doing her own work but finds it at odds with what the marketplace demands, leaving her insecure about pursuing her intuitive art-making processes. Doubt-ridden and fearful, we watch as our paints gather dust.

Thoroughly enjoyed, underlined, annotated, and frequently discussed many passages in this small volume. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Word-of-mouth response alone–now enhanced by internet posting–has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Basically from time to time, they’d have a aet aside to “explain” something, but it really seemed more like snarking than anything else.


Aug 27, Jacob Russell rated it it was amazing. For many people, that alone is enough to gayles their ever getting started at all — and for those who do, trouble isn’t long in coming. Felt inspired and eager to work after. Tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.

View all 3 comments. But not discussing creativity in a book about making art? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is about why we fear creativity and by understanding our fears, we can conquer them, as we all know.

Review: Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland – Sam van Zweden

After all, someone has to do your work, and you’re the closest person around. This is not your typical self-help book. Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking has now sold overcopies. The flawless creature wouldn’t need to make art. It makes things okay to know that the Mozarts are one every couple hundred years, yet great art gets made all the time.

Transcending this barrier often means the difference between shying away from the actual work and having the ability to sit down and, as one individual once eloquently put it, just do the fuckin thing. You have to find your work There is probably no clearer waste of psychic energy than worrying about how much talent you have After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—therearen’t any people like that.