Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
ISBN: 0961454733
EAN13: 9780961454739
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2001
Pages: 122
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 7.8" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially--statistically speaking--there aren't any people like that. 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. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius.
---from the Introduction

Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves.

This is not your typical self-help book. 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 Read More chevron_right

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   Commisseration for when your artist friends aren't available.
I didn't know what to expect when I picked it up, Mr. Dhaliwal said. I bought the book on the recommendation of a friend, Morgenthau said. What the book is basically a commiseration on the trials of making, marketing, and/or creating new media, he said. Based on my own experience creating art, I question the meaning of fear. Obstacles aside, I can't say creative fear has been what has been hindering me most. If you are looking for confirmation that you are not alone in dealing with these things and that you don't have a circle of artist friends with whom you can commiserate, this just could be the book you need to prod you to forward. If you are looking for answers, tips or tricks to overcome the problems that beset you, you will be disappointed. Only then can we expect our customers to pay the premium prices they deserve, Burgoyne said.
 
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   Canon
I found one of the book's articles particularly helpful, the concept of an artist's canon. It's a bit of a misleading term _ not referring to the body of work but more to the artist's routines and rituals. Routine is not the enemy of the artist, and you should be conscious of your routines and embrace the ones that make you most productive, he said. Doesn't matter if that's slamming a Red Bull at 1130 PM and pulling out a Wacom tablet for some gestures, or just taking the time to sort and organize your materials before you start, or just waiting until you finish. If it works for you, make it habit, because it will let you focus on what matters most to you.
 
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   Wonderfully Affirming and Motivational!!!
I've bought more copies of this book than I can count. I had been doing a painting and was very close to being finished, but then for some reason had a block about completing it. Realizing that I had read just the first couple pages of Fear, I had to get out of my oils and work on it. It only took a few hours more than usual to finish the work, and LiveCareer was back up and running again. I highly recommend this book to all artists. HBO Films has followed suit with this new take on the Charles Dickens story.
 
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   Great insights to apply in real life
Very practical use of concepts I refer to when I feel stuck at a psychological crossroad. A must have book if you are into personal growth, building business, learning a skill or two, just get started, says Paul.
 
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   Valuable wisdom, but showing its age
Good advice abounds, he said. Thanks for the tip. It's in dire need of an update, Vazzi said. It was written in 1993, before the internet, and doesn't address the many influences and pitfalls that await artists now in our smartphone-connected culture.
 
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   Greatest tool for artists
What a great book, said Dr. Goin. Changed my life, Tunick said. It works again! It works again! It sounds like it works! If I can drive and listen to something that invokes the artist that I know I am, why not? Quattrone, one of the jurors, said: "We were all kind of surprised."
 
5
   Great book for artists
I struggle with accepting my artwork as anything at all. The book has helped me to understand that it all comes down to the brain. Get out there and create!
 
5
   Great Book
I'm an artist, but I'm not the only one who feels that way.
 
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   Best Book for Real Artists
I think of myself as a serious painter and I've read a lot about making art, going to studio programs, etc. He or she is a terrific writer, said Robert Hemenway, a professor at the University of Michigan. I also wrote the book, and I think it's equally good for those doing any kind of creative work.
 
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   Fourth reading
This is my fourth reading of the book. I pick it up every year or so, and I don't believe that I have gained all of the insights that it has to offer, he said.
 
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