These are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development - and they are the source for this volume of wonderfully incisive commentary. Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reason it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a ...
These are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development - and they are the source for this volume of wonderfully incisive commentary. Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reason it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing Free Will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.
This slim volume provides some fairly pedestrian advice for artists, particularly those who might be feeling blocked: basically, get over yourself and get back to work. No, you're not Mozart or Rembrandt, but so what. Your unique voice is reason enough to be creative. Don't quit and don't get in a rut. Personally, I didn't get much enlightenment from this book (althought there are some good quotes), but it might provide a boost if you're feeling at a creative low-point.
Jun 4, 2009
What a find!
Like a conversation with your artist friends, Bayles and Orland lay it all out and tell the truth about creating art. My copy is highlighted and underlined to remind me of the real issues..not "artsy fartsy" babble but the gritty reality of trying to make art.
Feb 5, 2009
Short, Pithy, & Life-Changing
Every two or three years a book comes along that changes the way one thinks. This witty but very serious little book was one of those few for me--so much so that I'm not lending my copy.
Bayles and Orland manage convincingly to shatter myths, boost one's confidence, and encourage one to think almost as clearly as these collaborative authors have obviously done. The book is not a challenge to read but it does challenge you to work at what fulfills you--not with starry-eyed "follow-your-dream" nonsense but with clear and convincing arguments.
I would recommend this small, thoughtful book to anyone who writes, paints, sculpts, draws, builds furniture, designs, sits and thinks, or simply likes a "good read."
May 11, 2007
Art and Fear
Anyone creating art, no matter the medium or whether the person considers him/herself an artist should read this book. It's a "permission slip" to trust yourself, not matter what you're doing.
Apr 8, 2007
This book is great for teenagers to read, especially those who are really insecure about their abilities in art and in creativity. It is very easy to read and is very easy to understand. I use it in my art classroom.
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