Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David BaylesIt covers the long term strategies that the authors have seen in successful artists. As someone who had an ever-growing pile of unfinished personal projects, that fable really struck home for me. I found it oddly comforting to see how artists face many of the same fears and issues that programmers do. The book also covers the fear that others have an innate talent which you lack. It has a whole section on this fear, which these quotes summarize nicely:.
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Art and Fear is a non-fiction book written by artists for artists. These difficulties come in two varieties: internal and external. Internal obstacles are those obstacles that the artist has within herself, such as fears about herself, fears of others, an inability of the artist to find her own work. External obstacles are the difficulties one faces in the world of art, such as managing art production, finding time to pursue one's own work, teaching in the academy, interacting with the art community, managing one's art network, and so on. The authors divide the book into two parts, the first concerns internal problems, those associated with the individual creation of art; the second part concerns external problems, dealing with the outside, academic and conceptual worlds. The first chapter describes the nature of the problem that the artist faces.
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Methodical dedication to art
This book is 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. The work we have not done seems more real in our minds than the pieces we have completed. Making the work you want to make means finding nourishment within the work itself. The disinterest of others doesn't reflect a gulf in vision. The overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars. Failed pieces are essential. The latter happens all the time.
It is deep enough to become ponderous at times, but readable enough to keep my attention from start to finish. Art is easy, for artists. They have nothing to fear! A hobby that should be joyful and freeing is instead a stumbling block when we worry more about the product than the journey. Yes, art is a journey — from blank canvas to finished painting. We who create art need to respect and love that journey. Each stroke of the brush is an adventure.