- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: Image Continuum Press (1 April 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961454733
- ISBN-13: 978-0961454739
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Paperback – 1 Apr 2001
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite good but too American for my liking although recommended by the tutor on the daytime art course I am doing.Published 19 days ago by Brightbun
This is a wonderful book that I think every artist should own. It has nuggets of inspiration and encouragement in every paragraph so it's a deep contemplation tool. WonderfulPublished 21 days ago by A_71
This is a book that is concisely written, consistently insightful and all of it adds up to a book that is genuinely life-changing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by OneOfThoseBookLovers
This is the first art book I have read that can only be classed as a great comfort.
Creating any kind of art full or part time is hard on so many levels that only artists (... Read more
This is an absolutely brilliant little book. Anyone who ever tries to be creative should read this. It basically goes through all the typical problems "artists" run into... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought this book would give an insight into why you get a 'mental block' and can't get motivated. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R T K
Excellent boost for artists of any level.....grounding supportive and emotionally boosting...loved itPublished 9 months ago by brendan dean