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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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The Best Books of Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions I think someone else mentioned that when discussing cave paintings, the authors said something like the cavemen were not intelligent enough to be self-aware which struck me as blatantly false.

Word-of-mouth response alone–now enhanced by internet posting–has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally. Feear, in fact, soon rise in swarms: Books by David Bayles.

After all, in making art you bring your highest skills to bear upon the materials and ideas you most care about. This little book is all about how you get over yourself, get out of your way and do what you gotta do.

Art & Fear: 17 years on – The London Group

If you are in need of some motivation and don’t have time to read The Artist’s Way series which, by the way, I also recommendit’s perfect for you. They merit a thorough treatise, not an advice column. I’ve heard that many times before.

Felt inspired and eager to work after. Tirelessly extolling “what is” and “what is not” art seems to have ruined the word in our vocabulary I did a lot of underlining and bracketing andoh look!


Art & Fear

The individual recipe any artist finds for proceeding belongs to that artist alone– it’s non-transferable and no of little use to others. Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. I have picked it up and opened a random page to read on dozens of occasions. Jan 09, Linda Vituma rated it it was amazing. Not just for visual artists, either. I wrote down a lot of quotes from the book to save and read again: Making art is a common and intimately human activity, filled with all the perils and rewards that accompany any worthwhile effort.

Another example is the story of the dancer who was a great dancer, and did it because she loved to dance. The writers explore the human need for acceptance, fear of failure, communication sensibilities between your work and yourself versus your work and the outside world.

Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues. This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it’s about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel ddavid keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. The book also grants some wonderful advice for that difficult process of dragging your work out of your private cave, the most happy place where work is done in private, and into the world, where it has a better chance of survival.

Making art is dangerous and revealing. Sep 13, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it it was amazing Shelves: It makes the drawersful of scribbled foolscap, of slapdash characterization, of hours of unpresentable efforts a little less of a tell-tale heart.


I certainly znd have used its wisdom before now.

I have nothing worth saying. Geniuses get made once-a-century or bxyles, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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.

This story is the same as what my b-i-l experienced as a photographer. This book is absolutely terrible. Inundated with such forces, some artists become paralyzed or find other reasons to daviid making their work.

No surprise then, that for some of us, making art can feel fraught, dangerous, and too revealing. One of the basic and difficult lessons every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential. You don’t need it.