Go to the Amazon page for details and reviews. For artists and musicians only: beautiful insights into the creative process. 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.
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Shelves: making-art This book is about the challenges in making, or not making, art. Making art is difficult. Many times artists will stop making art and then feel guilty about not returning.
Or maybe fear about what others say after looking at your work. Basically the only work really worth doing-- the only work you can do This book is about the challenges in making, or not making, art. Basically the only work really worth doing-- the only work you can do convincingly -- is the work that focuses on the things you care about. In the end it all comes down to this: you have a choice between giving your work your best shot and risking that it will not make you happy, or not giving it you best shot-- and thereby GUARANTEEING that it will not make you happy.
It becomes a choice between certainty and uncertainty. And curiously, uncertainty is the comforting choice. This book is absolutely terrible. In the first chapter, the authors claim that that art came before consciousness and that prehistoric cave painters were not conscious beings. When they painted a bison on the wall, they had no idea what they were doing or why they were doing it. So how the hell do you unconsciously paint a bison? If the prehistoric artists lacked conscious intent to create the picture, what exactly would prompt them to paint?
Just automatic reflexes? Some sort of cave-decorating instinct that forced these unconscious humans to paint on auto-pilot? Obviously, the cave artists knew the bison existed and that it was possible to create a likeness of the animal using pigments. The word "creativity" is not mentioned anywhere in the book, except in the tiny segment that points this out to the reader. But not discussing creativity in a book about making art? Why should it? Do only some desserts have flour, sugar, eggs, butter?
Art & Fear
Art and Fear - by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking