Publication Date: 09/02/2023 ISBN: 9781800815971 Category:

Art & Fear

David Bayles, Ted Orland

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date: 09/02/2023 ISBN: 9781800815971 Category:




‘An essential text for anyone who wants to start making art and not stop. One of those rare books – like The Artist’s Way and Writing Down the Bones – to keep close by for courage and company.’
– Tanya Shadrick, author of The Cure for Sleep and creator of The Wild Patience Scrolls: A Mile of Writing

Art & Fear is about 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. Drawing on the authors’ own experiences as two working artists, the book delves into the internal and external challenges to making art in the real world, and shows how they can be overcome every day.

First published in 1994, Art & Fear quickly became an underground classic, and word-of-mouth has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity. Written by artists for artists, it offers generous and wise insight into what it feels like to sit down at your easel or keyboard, in your studio or performance space, trying to do the work you need to do. Every artist, whether a beginner or a prizewinner, a student or a teacher, faces the same fears – and this book illuminates the way through them.

Publisher Review

It has earned its reputation for being a useful, underground classic ... it's a pithy, though comforting read, written by artists, and gets straight down to what can hinder our development as artists, and why ... refreshingly absent of psycho-babble or opaque art-speak -- The London Group One of those books you want to tell everyone you know to read * LiveAboutDotCom * A book that artists continue to recommend and connect with ... It's concise, clear, compelling and worth coming back to over and over -- Artwork Archive A roadmap for overcoming the everyday obstacles of a creative life * Skillshare *

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