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.

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Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette.

Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette.

Self Portrait with squirrel

Self Portrait with squirrel

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“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

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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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