1-13-14 Art & Fear

“Virtually all artists spend some of their time (and some artists spend virtually all of their time) producing work that no one else much cares about.”

Bayles & Orland

In preparation for a class that I will be  taking at ICP, “The Fleeting Moment: Moving Portraits”, taught by Amy Arbus, we have been asked to read: “Art & fear – Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of ARTMAKING” by David Bayles & Ted Orland. I am half way through and can say that it is one of the best books on artmaking I have ever read. I strongly recommend it to anyone who writes, sculpts, paints, photographs, acts or does anything else that requires artmaking.

I had about a half hour free at the start of the morning and since it was a beautiful late March kind of day, I dropped in on the 79th Street Boat Basin area.


Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette.

Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette.

Self Portrait with squirrel

Self Portrait with squirrel


“Consider that if artist equals self, then when (inevitably) you make flawed art, you are a flawed person, and when (worse yet) you make no art, you are no person at all!”

Bayles & Orland

8 responses to “1-13-14 Art & Fear

  1. I now have to get a new office chair, because I think I peed in this one when I read that you are taking a class with Amy Arbus. Really?? I love her photography. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of this experience. (And I will be looking for that book.)

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