Start reading Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Add Audible Narration
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available
 

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking [Kindle Edition]

David Bayles , Ted Orland
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £8.55
Kindle Price: £6.79 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £1.76 (21%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Audible Narration

Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £3.99 after you buy the Kindle book.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £6.79  
Library Binding --  
Paperback £8.53  
Audio Download, Unabridged £0.00 Free with Audible trial
Audio, CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged £16.27  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

"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 do. First published in 1994, Art & Fear quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone—now enhanced by internet posting—has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally.

Art & Fear has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from beginning to accomplished artists in every medium, and including an exceptional concentration among students and teachers. The original Capra Press edition of Art & Fear sold 80,000 copies.

An excerpt:

Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues. You have to find your work...



Product Description

From the Author

This book is written by working artists, for working artists
Art & Fear is a book about the way art gets made, the reasons it often does not get made, and about the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The authors (David Bayles & Ted Orland) are both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. The observations we make are drawn from personal experience, and relate more to the needs of fellow artists than to the interests of viewers. Do not mistake Art & Fear for a pop psychology self-help book -- we are not interested in freeing your inner child! This is a book about what it feels like to sit down at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. Simply put, you have a choice between giving your art your best shot and risking that it will not make you happy, or not giving it your best shot and thereby GUARANTEEING that it will not make you happy. What we have tried to do is illuminate the obstacles you face, and offer some artistic strategies for getting past them. Art & Fear has never been advertised and was never reviewed by a major publication, but it has nonetheless become something of an underground classic in the three years since it was published. Our distributor says it has become required reading for at least a few hundred university art courses across the country. (One painting instructor told us that, over the course of the semester, she reads the entire book aloud to her drawing class as background input while they¹re at work in the classroom studio.) It is now in its seventh printing.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 208 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Image Continuum Press (1 April 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JSQLU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning by Doing! 4 Sept. 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Art & Fear is an easy book to rave about, but it is a particularly difficult book to write about. The authors have chosen their words so well, that it seems as if there ARE no other words with which to talk about this subject or this book. I'll try anyway, fully knowing that whatever I might say surely will not please me as much as what I have read in their pages. And this is part of the message of Art & Fear, one of the lessons to be learned - just do it and learn from it.

Art & Fear is an unpretentious little paperback, written by two lifelong friends who have been artists, as well as other things, for most of their lives. Both of them have their feet firmly rooted in the real world that we all live in (however high their ideas and ideals might fly), and both of them have keen insights into what enables individuals to produce good art and to continue to produce good art, and what stumbling blocks stop many individuals. These insights are of value to artists in any medium whatsoever, and are in fact likely to be of significant value to many individuals who don't think of themselves as artists at all. One doesn't need to be an artist to be struggling with goals that seem beyond your reach and a lack of appreciation from others; it's just a little more pervasive in the artmaking world.

Reading this book is like sitting down with the authors for a long and lively conversation. You'll learn something of them, and something of yourself, and good things are sure to come from it. I've actually found it too good to keep to myself - I'm on my 6th copy now, as I keep giving them away to friends!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every artist!!! 17 Aug. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book address the fears that are common to all artists, most specifically why am I not doing my work? It is succint and well written. It is enlightening and comforting while addressing the problems many artists face. It's one of those books you will keep around and refer to again and again for inspiration. 117 pages of great therapy and the right price.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is now a must for all of my art majors. It underscores the messages I give daily on staying focused on internal issues (the process and being honest with oneself)and to not be led astray by external pressures (end product and audience reactions)for justifying the work and defining the self. For those who need to get on track, this is the book for you!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep it by your bed, kettle, anywhere 12 April 2010
Format:Paperback
No matter what your art discipline, this book is a must for anyone who has ever wondered why they are bothering. This is my second copy, so I have one to lend out. It's always uplifting when reading a book where the author/s have been in the same place you find yourself - again.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read for Comfort and Motivation 2 Aug. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
With pearls of wisdom gleaned from the writings of such as Conrad and Hippocrates, the authors offer artists (and would-be artists) advice and encouragement to follow a calling that is too frequently thought to be more appropriately a hobby. Though the reader addressed is one who aspires to art as a profession, much of what Bayles and Orland offer is as applicable to any undertaking: "Artmaking involves skills that can be learned. ... Even talent is rarely distinguishable, over the long run, from perseverance and lots of hard work." Liberal doses of unpleasant reality are well balanced with insight and reassurance. The sort of little book that one might keep about for an occasional dose of comfort and motivation.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worthy of 5 stars? oh Yes. 12 Jan. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An ability to convey the vast majority of conscious and subconscious artistic thoughts in such a concise way is to be marvelled at, a truly great book NOT to be judged by it's cover (which isn't very good) I am a better more focused less idealistic person for reading this little paperback.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for emerging and established artists 24 Aug. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One of the few truly excellent books on the process of making art. My other favorite is a book called "The Blank Canvas." I plan to return to both books regularly throughout my career as an artist.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art In The Real World 15 Dec. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Authors Daivd Bayles and Ted Orland explain what an artist goes through when creating their art pieces. It answers some questions that I had when creating a work of art. In a nutshell, they explained that you sould create your art work and try not to let, certian members, of the real world get to you.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful and puts my mind at rest - it's not just me !!
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all artists
There isn't much to say about this book except that it is amazing. A must read for any and all artists (in any field), including - especially - people who don't quite consider... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frida
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant condition, I love how pervious owner underlined some ...
Thankyou, brilliant condition, I love how pervious owner underlined some quotes, really gave the book love and life :)
Published 6 months ago by jess mcmanus
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, Would Recommend!!!
This book was great in the sense that it explored many of the struggles that artists face, and explored artistic concepts that many creators of art are subconsciously familiar... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ashley88
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well worth the read
Published 8 months ago by john beasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Says it like it is
Says it like it is! And for once it felt nice to think I'm not the only artist who can be paralysed by fear and doubt! Highly recommended!
Published 8 months ago by moira mcinally
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific encouragement
If you are just post-beginner this little book gives enormous help and encouragement to do *your* work. It does not coach you - just provide excellent food for thought. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mr_pod
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this now!
Oh, my God! This little book is a goldmine!!! I wish I had known about it years ago, it's simple wisdom in bite-sized bits for the artist within! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maxine Hyndman
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended reading for nervous artists!
I found this to be a very useful to confront some of my fears that arise from my creativity. I would recommend this to any new artist.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought several as Christmas presents
It tells Hesitant Artists how to spot, conquer and finally demolish their very own Artist's Block. Just buy a copy.
Published 11 months ago by D. Halfpenny
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category