Ted Orland, the author of "The View from the Studio Door", currently pursues parallel careers in teaching, writing, and photography.Ted Orland, the author of "The View from the Studio Door", currently pursues parallel careers in teaching, writing, and photography.Art & Fear:
Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of ArtmakingArt & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

By David Bayles & Ted Orland

Paperback. 122 pages.

Publisher Marketing

"This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art "not" made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially--statistically speaking--there "aren't" any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius."
---from the Introduction

"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. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves.

This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists --- it's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, "Art & Fear" quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone--now enhanced by internet posting--has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally.

Author Bio
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.

Author Bio
Ted Orland, the author of "The View from the Studio Door", currently pursues parallel careers in teaching, writing, and photography.

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