Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (And Rewards) Of Artmaking (Unabridged)
by David Bayles & Ted Orland
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What is your art really about? Where is it going? What stands in the way of getting it there? These are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development - and they are the source for this volume of wonderfully incisive commentary. 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. This is a book 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. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.
This book is extremely powerful. Almost every sentence read is a thought I have run across in my head. It's almost scary. But it's nice to know that I, along with the thousands that have read and enjoyed this book, share the same issues in being an "artist". For those that think they lost their mojo, or feel that they have reached a plateau where they cannot create, get this. I have the book that I am highlighting the crap out of, but I will be purchasing this audio so I can listen in my car on my commute to work. One needs this content engrained in the noggin to get through the rough patches.