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Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Paperback – 30 Apr 2002
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Creating any kind of art full or part time is hard on so many levels that only artists ( like the authors themselves ) know how draining and frustrating it can be.
Opening this book up to the first page I felt a sense of relief that I was not the only one out there with these secret unarticulatable thoughts.
This pocket size guide is basically a map of sorts to the very difficult life that being an artist is. With this map come very funny, intelligent, observant and warming advice and insights aimed at showing you yourself through the eyes of others.
These authors clearly care about other artists as their very clear compressed observations are straight to the point and very filling food for thought.
Because art just gets harder after leaving art college/school ( 98 percent quit eventually they say ) it is great to know why this is.
Having less or no fellow artists to relate to or confide in after leaving school is a large part of it so having a book like this is a warming comfort and a joy to read. It is like having two very helpful and caring tutors you can turn to when you want to throw in the towel...unlike many real tutors who just make you want to plain quit.
This book is a keeper and not very expensive. I recommend this to all artist / musicians / writers etc of all mediums. You won't let it go if you buy it. If you like sensible helpful advice you can relate to that is well above average quality this book is for you.
A lot of the content gelled with me and it has approaches to deal with different scenarios.
Read in conjunction with Twyla Tharp's Creative Habit (slightly heavier read but worth it)
Rationally I always knew wasn't just me who went through all that I do, in my case, because I paint and have done for years, now I know for sure.
I recognized every phrase, and have been given a welcome new perspective on what I do in relationship to all other art makers. Famous and anonymous and all shades between.