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

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Tantor Media, Incorporated, Apr 23, 2012 - Art
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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.

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User Review  - Croft - Goodreads

I picked up this book in a panic while working on my thesis project. Halfway through my grad studies I got artist block. (I should say that I am an artist and at the time was finishing my MFA in fine ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Jones - Goodreads

+++ First half was great. Felt inspired and eager to work after. --- The second half dealt with part of the art world that I'm not involved with at all, so it didn't feel useful. Little to no women artists mentioned. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

David Bayles is an accomplished photographer, author, workshop leader, and conservationist. He has studied with Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, among others, and has taught and written extensively in the arts for over thirty years. Ted Orland, the author of "The View from the Studio Door," currently pursues parallel careers in teaching, writing, and photography.
Arthur Morey has recorded over two hundred audiobooks in history, fiction, science, business, and religion, earning a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

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