Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Paperback – Apr 1 2001
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About the Author
David Bayles is an accomplished photographer, author, workshop leader, and conservationist. He has studied with Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, among others, and has taught and written extensively in the arts for over thirty years.
Ted Orland, the author of The View from the Studio Door, currently pursues parallel careers in teaching, writing, and photography.
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I was amazed. This book packs valuable, practical wisdom into every single page. I can't remember a book with more information density than this. Perhaps I was just ready for the knowledge here, but it seems to be the distilled essence of a thoughtful, deep analysis of a great deal of experience.
While it is primarily about making art and the issues inherent in that pursuit, it is also very much about life itself. In fact, one could consider one's life to be a work of art, and it makes that analogy an easy reach. The things one will learn here about life in general are pertinent and as valid as the best pop psychology or self help book around, while considerably more readable than most of those.
For example, it deals with topics like fear, uncertainty, acceptance, vision, imagination, talent, perfection, expectations, understanding, approval, competition, habits, creativity, and much more. All of these are issues we face every day of our lives, regardless of our field of endeavor. This books speaks to those who would have an understanding of such things.
I have given this book as a gift to people I care about, and encourage everyone to read it. It is uplifting without being unrealistic, and honest without being cynical. A very good read.
To any artist "stuck" in creative quicksand (whether it be fear, self-doubt, perfectionism -- whatever), the writers reach out a long and sturdy tree limb for you to grasp to pull yourself free and back onto solid ground. They don't just leave you standing there either, but provide you with the tools you'll need to find your own way home.
One of the many quotes from ART & FEAR that I like is: "To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have."
Other things I will say about ART & FEAR is that it is VERY thought provoking, thorough, insightful, and challenging with a few flourishes of humor. The information presented will apply to artists of all persuasions.
I will very likely read ART & FEAR again and again and will probably find new gems with each read (either previously overlooked or not yet understood).
Once read, you will want to lend ART & FEAR to your artist friends. I suggest you keep your copy and either recommend that they get their own, or, order one for them as a gift they will appreciate many times over.
Finally, because I feel that I have received much from reading ART & FEAR, I send a heartfelt "thank you" to the authors, David Bayles & Ted Orland.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent book, full of wisdom and no non-sense. The book is very grounded and brings home the importance of following your own voice and to learn to accept the fear that inhabits... Read morePublished 6 months ago by SuzanneArtiste
most artists are critical of their own work . this book helps the artist to be positive a and have the courage to trust her instinctsPublished 11 months ago by the Geeg
I go back to this book time an again to re-read passages. It is a wonderful helpful book for any artist at any level of developement. I recommend it to all artists.Published 15 months ago by Ursula Brons
I used many passages in this book for my undergrad thesis about why we make art. Great book if you want to learn more about the underpinnings of your art practice.Published 15 months ago by Tracy
Exremely good. Great detail on all the elements that prevent artmaking, with positive reassurance that you are an artist, even if you only made a few pieces recentlyPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pop psychology, self help read for all who consider themselves artists.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer