We had our first Book Club meeting last week, discussing Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland. I had some company in town for a few days so I didn’t get the blog post completed right away. I felt like it was more important to spend time with family, so the post got delayed a few days.
Art & Fear is about our fears surrounding our art – fears of our selves and fears of others. Are we good enough? Are we not any good at all? Do we have a message or story to tell? Do we just want to make something pretty? Will we be able to make money? We will be considered an ‘artist’ or a ‘crafter’? Does anyone care what we do? Can we really commit to the work? Do we have support? Do we have the right skills? Can we create a habit of doing the work? Will people laugh at us? Or ignore us?
We have all thought about these questions, and many more. Perhaps we have even thought about what the answers might be and whether or not it all really matters. We over-think and over-analyze and spend way too much time in our heads instead of spending time in our studios. We start to believe that if we ‘think’ about things long enough, the answers will reveal themselves and the perfect answer will appear and everything will fall into place and make us happy! This is just not going to happen.
What it comes down to is this: get over yourself and just make your art! You have to do the work. Nobody else will do it for you. And even if nobody else cares, you have to do it. For you! That should be reason enough.
Please leave your comments, ideas, thoughts, etc about this book below so we can all learn from each other.
Next month’s Book Club will be Feb 28th at 1pm. I had a different book in mind, but of course I changed my mind. We will be reading Chapter 1 (up thru page 35) of Mixed-Media self-portraits by Cate Coulacos Prato. Many of you probably already have this book.
There are assignments in this book which you are encouraged to do on your own. Please come prepared to discuss Chapter 1 of the book, or join the discussion here on the blog.
Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play
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