ART &. FEAR. Observations. On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. DAVID BAYLES. TED ORLAND. SANTA CRUZ, CA & EUGENE, OR. The book’s co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working Art & Fear has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from. The little page book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, written by David Bayles and Ted Orland, is one of.

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The two authors refer to “art” oland such a flimsy pretext that they not only fail to define it, they change the implied definition to suit whatever point is being made but the It starts out strong, very strong, and then falls apart in a semantic entanglement of mixed metaphors and pseudo philosophy that spends a lot of words saying very little. It can apply to writing, painting, drawing, graphic design, music, etc. He takes great pictures we call him the ogland photographer because he always has his camera at family functions.

To ask other readers questions about Art and Fearplease sign up. Sep 11, Chrissy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently.

Books by David Bayles. This book is to the point and intelligent.

But not discussing creativity in a book about making art? When the authors mentioned Watson and Crick, he failed to mention Franklin, and while that would have been a forgivable omission inthe copy I had was a edition, and that should have been rectified.

Review: Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland – Sam van Zweden

Popular and familiar with my friends; it was my first read. That’s not addressing the issue! This book is basically about the craft of making art — not the craft of writing a good sentence or painting a picture or dancing a pirouette — the craft zrt becoming yourself, confronting yourself, mundanely holding yourself to the task at hand.

Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking has now sold overcopies. I just figured he was too busy. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into andd world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves.


The authors’ basic premise is that you can and will only ever be you, and all the other people in the world will also only ever be themselves. Word-of-mouth response alone–now enhanced by internet posting–has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally. Ordinary art means something like: After that, it got less and less interesting and more and more vague.

Find your own magic. This is not your typical self-help book. I found an audio copy of this book at my library and started reading it when I saw it on a recommended list for writers recently.

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

Sep 03, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: Halfway through my grad studies I got artist block. For many people, that alone is enough to prevent their ever getting started at all — and for those who do, trouble isn’t long in coming. I’ve never had a real exhibit. The word “creativity” is not mentioned anywhere in the book, except in the tiny segment that points this out to the reader. Helps for wrestling down writing, when “nothing is working!

The authors write that the book is the result of years of discussions about what artists — regardless of the type of art — have in common, and they come up with some very real, practical, and spiritual in the best way suggestions. Jun 29, Mellinga rated it did not like it. Jan 19, Leslie rated it it was amazing Shelves: What I love about this book is that it uses art to talk about life. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

I’ve read this book cover to cover four or five times. Visit our Orlandd Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all I was also rather perturbed by the authors’ description of entertainment as mass produced, clearly meant derisively. She never orlan of pursuing it professionally, until her teacher suggested she try out for a position or something to that. This is a book written by artists, for artists it’s about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do.


Its applications reach beyond the scope of art, and into any form of creative thought whether in sciences, math, problem solving, etcand should be read by absolutely everyone. Ted Orland is a widely exhibited art photographer and former assistant to Ansel Adams.

It had the virtue of at least being super short.

In the end it all comes down to this: But as the piece grows, technique and craft take over, and imagination becomes a less useful tool. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the bayes, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place.

It’s still true, outside of the nurturing environment of art academia, the level of disinterest in art, and the artist’s particular work, is a sobering blow to the artist’s sense of direction and self worth. Highly recommended for anyone struggling with doubt in their artwork. I certainly could have used its wisdom before now. To me, the only …more I fwar people need to always ready themselves for the potential tests that lie ahead.

Some good ideas but not a cohesive or engaging book. To orlanx as an artist requires confronting these troubles. This book was recommended to me and to all of my fellow art students by a professor, whose every word zrt normally golden. On a more personal lev This book was assigned to me for my Drawing class. Making art precipitates self-doubt, stirring deep waters that lay between what you know you should be, and what you fear you might be.

Well, one year, I asked him via email if he baylws take a family portrait for me.