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


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**Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking**
**H2:** Explore the journey of being an artist through **Art and Fear**, a celebrated book that delves into the challenges and triumphs of artmaking.
**H3:** Keywords: art, fear, observations, rewards, artist, creativity, challenges, success, motivation.
**H3:** Uncover valuable insights on overcoming creative obstacles and finding fulfillment in your artistic pursuits.

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Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
**Unlock Your Artistic Potential with “Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking”**
In “Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking,” renowned authors David Bayles and Ted Orland delve into the intricacies of the creative process, offering valuable insights and guidance to artists at all levels. This seminal work explores the challenges and triumphs of artmaking, providing a roadmap for navigating the often elusive path to creative fulfillment.
**H2: Key Takeaways**
– Discover how to overcome self-doubt and creative blockages
– Gain a deeper understanding of the creative process and artistic practice
– Learn how to harness fear as a powerful tool for growth and innovation
**H3: Why Choose “Art and Fear”?**
“Art and Fear” is not just another book on art—it is a transformative guide that will revolutionize the way you approach your creative endeavors. Drawing on the authors’ own experiences and insights, this book offers practical advice and thought-provoking reflections that will resonate with artists of all disciplines.
**H3: Who Can Benefit from “Art and Fear”?**
Whether you’re a seasoned artist looking to reignite your passion or a beginner seeking guidance on your artistic journey, “Art and Fear” is a must-read. This book transcends genres and mediums, making it a valuable resource for painters, writers, musicians, and creatives of all kinds.
Embrace the wisdom of “Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking” and embark on a transformative journey towards unlocking your artistic potential. Let this book be your companion as you navigate the highs and lows of the creative process, empowering you to embrace fear and uncertainty as catalysts for growth and innovation. Elevate your artistry and take the first step towards realizing your creative vision today.


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Release Date

January 1994


Capra Press


122 Pages


0.30 lbs.


0.5" x 5.5" x 7.9"

7 reviews for Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking,

  1. User

    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!

  2. User

    This book revealed to me I was not the only one having the thoughts of doubt and frustration in dealing with my talent and drive. I can look at my work as a process now and not an end result. I copy quotes from this book and paste them in my work space to remind me what it is I’m trying to accomplish. Everyone will get something different out of this text – it has a very universal message for anyone who is creative. My painting instructor recommends this book regularly and all that read it have the most positive responses to the insights and the pearls of wisdom. With my strongest recommendation I encourage ALL Artists to read this!

  3. User

    As a serious painter, I own many books on art in general and the craft of painting in particular. They have been variously useful and sometimes even inspirational, but Art & Fear is worth more to me, than all the rest of my books put together. This book doesn’t tell you how to paint or write or compose music or dance. Nor does it trot out the works of other painters, writers, composers, or dancers to serve as inspiration. Instead, it tells me and you and all other aspiring artists how to keep on working at what we love most. What a gem!

  4. User

    I read ART & FEAR in one sitting; I could not resist the gentle wisdom contained on almost every page. (My trusty highlighter was nearly emptied as I found much text that I wanted to reread and remember.)To any artist “stuck” in creative quicksand (whether it be fear, self-doubt, perfectionism — whatever), the writers reach out a long and sturdy tree limb for you to grasp to pull yourself free and back onto solid ground. They don’t just leave you standing there either, but provide you with the tools you’ll need to find your own way home.One of the many quotes from ART & FEAR that I like is: “To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have.”Other things I will say about ART & FEAR is that it is VERY thought provoking, thorough, insightful, and challenging with a few flourishes of humor. The information presented will apply to artists of all persuasions.I will very likely read ART & FEAR again and again and will probably find new gems with each read (either previously overlooked or not yet understood).Once read, you will want to lend ART & FEAR to your artist friends. I suggest you keep your copy and either recommend that they get their own, or, order one for them as a gift they will appreciate many times over.Finally, because I feel that I have received much from reading ART & FEAR, I send a heartfelt “thank you” to the authors, David Bayles & Ted Orland. I very much appreciate the authors’ wish to share what they have learned (and especially for bringing their wish to fruition) with anyone that is interested and that they managed to provide me, someone quite unknown to them, with a real sense of being seen and understood (without ever feeling condescended to). Quite a gift!ART & FEAR is a book you will wish you’d known about before but you will be glad you managed to discover now. “When the student is ready the teacher will come.”

  5. Camille

    This book is a must read for anyone with a strong sense of creativity!

  6. SR Jones

    So many take aways: gather fellow writers or painters and exchange work and commentary and encouragement, write to achieve your very best possible work––regardless of what reception it has, produce regularly and in large quantities, which helps guarantee that your best work will emerge.

  7. Boogers

    I received this book today and slammed through it within a handful of hours (would have been much less, but I was sneaking pages in while at work whenever i could- That Good!). Part 1 is where it’s at; it’s the reassuring pat on the shoulder, it’s the fist bump of solidarity, it’s the comforting, knowing nod. If you create, you struggle. You struggle with yourself, you struggle with others, you struggle with your art. This book was so eye opening in such a way that reminded me, personally, to be kinder to myself, to trust my process, and to embrace my process FULLY. There is so much anxiety in non-professional art communities and we are SO DANG CONNECTED to each other. This is great! But it also means that we are all faced with insta-results of the process and not seeing the process itself. We are having to endure a barrage of final pieces (or pieces that exceed our own skill/tools/experience) from artists we admire and CLOSELY follow, and it’s daily. The idea that we might not be good enough because we can’t art that fast/well/etc, or that our art doesn’t matter because we don’t receive the traffic on pieces we are proud of. I am constantly battling myself on the internet, trying to brand my work and myself while also trying to figure out where the heck I fit in in such a huge web of amazing artists. Stop reading my review and get this book! I promise you it’s so worth it.

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