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

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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Accomplished its purpose

I believe this book accomplished what it set out to accomplish--to describe the perils and rewards of artmaking. It was not hard to identify with many of the obstacles it describes that are often encountered in the artmaking process. The book was extremely insightful ...
I believe this book accomplished what it set out to accomplish--to describe the perils and rewards of artmaking. It was not hard to identify with many of the obstacles it describes that are often encountered in the artmaking process. The book was extremely insightful and had some amazing quotes, and in that light I found it to be a humbling and enlightening experience.

However, I would not recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to overcome their fear in art. I'm sure there are other books and resources that would be much better fit to motivate and inspire you to continue your art. This is not so much a "how to" book, but rather a book that identifies common conditions that prevent us from creating. In other words, it points out the problems. When I read it, I think I was expecting more SOLUTIONS, or at least something a little more positive, but that is not actually the purpose of the book.

Overall, I found this book to be a great resource for someone who is seeking to understand WHY there are obstacles in artmaking (which was it's purpose), but not so great if you are seeking HOW to overcome those obstacles.

posted by kmconverse on December 7, 2011

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended- very helpful

Great read for anyone who creates. Leads you through the pitfalls of what art making can feel like. Takes the excuses away and leaves you feeling free to create. All artists should read this!

posted by Mark40CO on March 26, 2012

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