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

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

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by David Bayles, Ted Orland, Arthur Morey
     
 

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What is your art really about? Where is it going? What stands in the way of getting it there?

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 reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature

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What is your art really about? Where is it going? What stands in the way of getting it there?

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 reasons 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452607511
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
04/23/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ted Orland, the author of The View from the Studio Door, currently pursues parallel careers in teaching, writing, and photography.

Arthur Morey has recorded over two hundred audiobooks in history, fiction, science, business, and religion, earning a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

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Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
kmconverse More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark40CO More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know how it took me so long to find this tiny book of big ideas. It should be required reading @ every art school.
Christine Okonkwo More than 1 year ago
Spoke to my soul
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely delivers on what it promises. An organized collection of essays discussing the major pitfalls, hurdles and issues everyday, yes, everyday people go through in the process of practicing their art, hindering and suppressing them, sometimes to the point of getting them to quit. If you've quit or thought of quitting, or have become paralyzingly frustrated, or just having a hard time making music, art, dance, whatever, this is the book for you. Let me add a little disclaimer here: this is NOT a book with all the answers. Ratherm it has some of the answers, and leads to some of the mroe important questions, questions you'll need to answer yourself. Really great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all college freshman regardless of their major. It not only gives practical advice on approaching art, but it encourages experimentation and expression. I encourage anyone to pick up this book you won't be able to stop reading it until it is done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a reader and this is one of the first books I've ever read that actually spoke to me. You don't have to be a professional artist to know what it's like to be a frustrated artist. This book not only validated how I feel when trying to create, but moreso, gave me inspiration to push forward! I've dog-eared and highlighted nearly every page in this book and have even taken notes (in a separate notebook) to refer back to when I start to question myself again. It's not a book to help you get creative; it's a book that pushes you to make that thumbnail sketch or idea in your head come to life! An excellent resource for those who need help making their ideas a reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a long life on art class to-be-read shelves, which is where I came across it. It celebrates art as a conceptual leap in a world that might see it as craft. It helped me reconceptualize my own struggle in this fueld between definition and actuality. Worth searching for and reading more than once
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave me a sense of purpose and an understanding of my whole approach to art and the art-making process. You will be guided to discover your own voice of expression. I believe every artist, writer, photographer, musician, creator should get this book. You will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The pages of this book are littered with insights. Keep a pencil handy, because you'll be underlining a lot. Among my favorites: 'After all, you know better than anyone else the accidental nature of much that appears in your art, not to mention all those elements you know originated with others (and even some you never even intended but which the audience has read into your work). From there it's only a short hop to feeling like you're just going through the motions of being an artist. It's easy to imagine that real artists know what they're doing, and that they -- unlike you -- are entitled to feel good about themselves and their art. Fear that you are not a real artist causes you to undervalue your work.' So, forget your therapist(s). Just buy this book. And then do your art.
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