ART &. FEAR. Observations. On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. DAVID BAYLES. TED ORLAND. SANTA CRUZ, CA & EUGENE, OR. The little page book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, written by David Bayles and Ted Orland, is one of. In Art and Fear: Observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking, David Bayles & Ted Orland ask of artists, ‘Why do so many who start.

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

The Art Spirit Icon Editions. He has studied with Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, among others, and has taught and written extensively in the arts for over thirty years. Making art now means working in the face of uncertainty; it means living with doubt and contradiction, aand something no one much cares whether you do, and for which there may be neither audience nor reward.

I immediately thought of this book and wanted to share it with him so bad!

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 Making Sense of the American West”. Making art is difficult. To me, the only …more I believe people need to always ready themselves for the potential tests that lie ahead. Focus on the pleasure of the process, and not what happens afterword. Yet viewed objectively, these fears obviously have less to do with art than they do with the artist.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. That’s like writing a recipe book and saying “this book doesn’t mention ingredients. Hope it has the same affect on you. 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 remov “This is a book about making art.


Word-of-mouth response alone–now enhanced by internet posting–has placed it davod the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Art & Fear: 17 years on – The London Group

Doubts, in fact, soon rise in swarms: If ninety-eight percent of our medical students were no longer practicing medicine five years after graduation, there would be a Senate investigation, yet that proportion of art majors are routinely consigned to an early professional death. In the inspiring words oorland Shia.

But its also advice easily gleaned from the art blogosphere, and reads as something akin to shallow pop psychology articles.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Not just for visual artists, either. I should say that I am an artist and at the time was finishing my MFA in fine It’s still true, outside of the nurturing environment of art academia, the level of disinterest in art, and the artist’s particular work, is a sobering blow to the artist’s sense of direction and self worth.

Art & Fear: 17 years on

Their insights and qnd, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves. By the end of the book, you’ll likely be entirely confused and realize “there’s no definition of art”, and it’s the artists and art community’s own fault.

It’s also called doing your work.

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. I don’t recommend it at all. I reread the margin notes that I’ve written at various times. You are commenting using your WordPress. Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking.


This book reminded my of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, but without all the parts that totally pissed me off like typos, the expression of stupid ideas about artists although in fairness she was pointing out the stupidness and lame exercises. It is important to my life and my peace dzvid mind that I be productive.

I highlighted and feat things on nearly every single page. Basically, those who continue to make art are those who have learned how to continue – or more precisely, have learned how to not quit.

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

He was the perfect example of someone who just wanted to do what he did for the enjoyment of it and when I tried to make it “professional”, he cowarded. It addresses issues like perfectionism, creative blocks, and motivation. Or Batman throwing pots. My work is important to me, even if it is unimportant Depending upon where you may be in your particular process balyes an artist, “Art and Fear” ofland be a light in the dark for anyone desiring to take their work more seriously.

This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it’s about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to ffar the work they need to do. Highly recommended for anyone struggling with doubt in their artwork. I’ve always been an artist, having a natural drawing talent from a very young age, delving into my art in high school, then studying art in college.