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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Hang-ups about being creative can reach way back into childhood: I don’t know that I found much new here, new for me at this stage in my life and my art, but the confirmation for what I’ve struggled with over so many decades is like a blessed cool rain after a long drought.

I’m a relatively small person, but “Art and Fear” is not a long book either, so Ordinary art means so I soaked up the first half of this slim guide with frequent shouts of “Yes! Ordinary art means something like: Write a customer review. But its also advice easily gleaned from the art blogosphere, and reads as something akin to shallow pop psychology articles. However, it felt as if the authors were trying to stretch a five-page essay into a book; it was redundant and, after the first chapter, waffling.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. 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 do the work they need to do. Get to Know Us. That will take care of itself.

This is not your typical self-help book. It was just i I just wasn’t impressed by this book. No one likes my work. It will challenge you to reevaluate your expectations and reframe your artistic pursuits in a manner that will allow for perpetual growth and minimize potential for burn out or “losing it”. You don’t need it. This story is the same as what my b-i-l experienced as a photographer. If the prehistoric artists lacked conscious intent to create the picture, what exactly would prompt them to paint?


Doubt, frustration, creative blocks, external obstacles all apply, but I can’t ever say fear has been what has hindered me. Pages with related products. I rather liked the anecdote of an artist who took dancing for fun, excelled, then had to relearn how to dance for others when the chance arose for her to be part of a performance troop.

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

I don’t recommend it at all. Open Preview See a Problem? Then you can start reading Kindle books baylea your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Pinpointing fear as the main reason we stand in our own way as artists, the first half of this book is pretty useful.

Yed book is basically about the craft of making art — not the craft of writing a good sentence or painting a picture or dancing a pirouette — the craft of becoming yourself, confronting yourself, mundanely holding yourself to the task at hand.

Explore the Home Davod Guide. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. My library Help Advanced Book Search. But as the piece grows, technique and craft take over, and imagination becomes a less useful tool. 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 do the work they need to do.

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Art & Fear: 17 years on

After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially-statistically speaking-there aren’t any people like that. I have nothing worth saying. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. This is not your typical self-help book.

The difficulties artmakers face are not remote and heroic, but universal and familiar. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius. One can’t expect an improvement after each edit like plodding up a mountain, it’s just a change, and arh the drafts might be awful until the final one, that makes it good.

I loved this book. See all reviews. Ted Orland is a widely exhibited art photographer and former assistant to Ansel Adams.

Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves. Thank you for your feedback. This book has helped me to get back into my studio and embrace painting again with the abundant knowledge the authors have passed along. See and discover other items: To me, the only …more I believe people need to always ready themselves for the potential tests that lie ahead.

Oftentimes, those who write, paint, sculpt or shoot fear discussing this topic with others, even other artists, at the risk of sounding pretentious or dull.

This book is to the point and intelligent. There’s a problem loading this davis right now.

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