ART &. FEAR. Observations. On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. DAVID BAYLES. TED ORLAND. SANTA CRUZ, CA & EUGENE, OR. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. David Bayles is an accomplished photographer, author, workshop leader, and conservationist. He has studied with Ansel. Art and Fear - Download as Word Doc .doc /.docx), PDF File .pdf), Text File Selected Passages from: Art and Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland Making art.
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To the artist, art is a verb. The difference between art and craft lies not in the tools you hold in your hands, but in the mental set that guides them. For the artisan, craft is an end in itself. For you, the artist, craft is the vehicle for expressing your vision. Craft is the visible edge of art. Even talent is rarely distinguishable, over the long run, from perseverance and lots of hard work.
The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars.
The best you can do is make art you care about.. When you act out of fear, your fears come true. Fear that you are not a real artist causes you to undervalue your work.
Even at best talent remains a constant, and those who rely upon that gift alone, without developing further, peak quickly and soon fade to obscurity. Artists get better by sharpening their skills or by acquiring new ones; they get better by learning to work, and by learning from their work.
Put simply, your work is your guide: a complete, comprehensive, limitless reference book on your work. There is no other such book, and it is yours alone. It functions this way for no one else. Your fingerprints are all over your work, and you alone know how they got there. Your work tells you about your working methods, your discipline, your strengths and weaknesses, your habitual gestures, your willingness to embrace. Unfortunately, healthy artistic environments are about as common as unicorns.
We live in a society that encourages competition at demonstrably vicious levels, and sets a hard and accountable yardstick for judging who wins. To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have.
The authors state in the introduction that the difficulties artmakers face are not remote and heroic, but universal and familiar. In other words, we think that as artists we all face unique problems that we must suffer through alone, but it turns out that were all in the same boat. So although we may not be as unique as we think, we dont have to suffer through these fears and doubts alone. Here are just a few of the themes and excerpts from this amazing book: Great art does not depend on great talent.
This view is inherently fatalistic and offers no useful encouragement to those who would make art.
But while talentnot to mention fate, luck, and tragedyall play their role in human destiny, they hardly rank as dependable tools for advancing your own art on a day-to-day basis. Artmaking involves skills that can be learned. In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive.
The need to separate the artist from their art. Artist has gradually become a form of identity which as every artist knows often carries with it as many drawbacks as benefits. 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!
Why an artists vision will always exceed her grasp. Whats so hard about that first sentence is that youre stuck with it. And by the time youve laid down the first two sentences, your options are all gone. The artworks potential is never higher than in that magic moment when the first brushstroke is applied, the first chord struck. Its the same with all media: the first few brushstrokes to the blank canvas satisfy the requirements of many possible paintings, while the last few fit only that painting.
The development of of an imagined piece into an actual piece is a progression of decreasing possibilities. Finally, at some point or another, the piece could not be other than it is, and it is done.
That moment of completion is also, inevitably, a moment of loss the loss of all the other forms the imagined piece might have taken. Those who demand perfection end up with nothing. Your cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do, away from risk and exploration, and possibly further from the work of your heart. To demand perfection is to deny your ordinary and universal humanity.
The seed for your next art work likes embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections. It is precisely this interaction between the ideal and the real that locks your art into the real world, and gives meaning to both. The answers you get depend on the questions you ask. To see them, you need only look at the work clearlywithout judgment, without need or fear, without wishes or hopes.
Without emotional expectations. Ask your work what it needs, not what you need. Then set aside your fears and listen, the way a good parent listens to a child. Opening our work up to criticism by others. Youre expected to make art thats intimately perhaps even painfully personal, yet alluring and easily grasped by an audience that has likely never known you personally. In making your real work, you hand the audience the power to deny the understanding that you seek; you hand them the power to say, youre not like us; youre weird; youre crazy.
The lesson here is simply that courting approval, even that of peers, puts a dangerous amount of power in the hands of the audience. Worse yet, the audience is seldom in a position to grant or withhold approval on the one issue that really counts namely, whether or not youre making progress in your work.
Theyre in a good position to comment on how theyre moved or challenged or entertained by the finished product, but have little knowledge or interest in your process.
Audience comes later. The only pure communication is between you and your work. The value of quantity over quality. You learn how to make your work by making your work. One of the basic and difficult lessons every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential. The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups.
All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantityof work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the quantity group: fifty pound of pots rated an A, forty pounds a B, and so on. Those being graded on quality, however, needed to produce only one pot -albeit a perfect one to get an A. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity.
It seems that while the quantity group was busily churning out piles of work and learning from their mistakes the quality group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.
The only way you fail is to stop trying. What separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears continue; those who dont, quit. Those who would make art might begin by reflecting on the fate of those who preceded them: most who began, quit.
To survive as an artist requires confronting these troubles.
Those who continue to make art are those who have learned how to continue or more precisely, have learned how to not quit. They put you firmly in the driver seat, without anxiety. The only way to exorcise your fear is to create. Avoidance only installs your fear as a permanent companion and favours failure by your own criteria. You have to live with falling short of your expectations, and move on to the next act of creation.
Its in the nature of making art. Fears about art making fall into two families: fears about yourself, and fears about your reception by others. In a general way, fears about yourself prevent you from doing your BEST work, while fears about your reception by others prevent you from doing your OWN work.
Making art now means working in the face of uncertainty; it means living with doubt and contradiction, doing something no one much cares whether you do and for which there may be neither audience nor reward.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie The first few brushstrokes to the blank canvas satisfy the requirements of many possible paintings, while the last few fit only that painting they could go nowhere else. The development of an imagined piece into an actual piece is a progression of decreasing possibilities. A finished piece is, in effect, a test of correspondence between imagination and execution. And perhaps surprisingly, the more common obstacle to achieving that correspondence is not undisciplined execution, but undisciplined imagination.
It was one of those vivid Technicolor dreams, the kind that linger on in exact detail even after waking. In his dream he found himself at an art gallery, and when he walked inside and looked around he found the walls hung with paintings amazing paintings, paintings of passionate intensity and haunting beauty. Recounting his dream, the artist ended fervently with, Id give anything to be able to make paintings like that!
Wait a minute! Dont you see? Those were your paintings! They came from your own mind.
Who else could have painted them? David Bayles and Ted Orland "One of the basic and difficult lessons every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential. THATS how people change their minds. Yet this humanity is the ultimate source of your work; your perfectionism denies you the very thing you need to get your work done.
Getting on with your work requires a recognition that perfection itself is paradoxically a flawed concept. Making the work you want to make means setting aside these doubts so that you may see clearly what you have done, and thereby see where to go next.
Making the work you want to make means finding nourishment within the work itself. Stopping happens all the time. Quitting happens once.
Quitting means not starting again - and art is all about starting again Art and Fear Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it wont count for much. The world is filled with people who were given great natural gifts, sometimes conspicuously flashy gifts, yet never produce anything.
And when that happens, the world soon ceases to care whether they are talented Talent is a snare and a delusion. In the end, the practical questions about talent come down to these: Who cares? Who would know?
And the practical answers are: Nobody, Nobody, and None. Those close to you know that making the work is essential to your well being.
They will always care about your work, if not because it is great, then because it is yours - and that is something to be genuinely thankful for.
Computer Illustration is my strength, yet I try to be someone I am not by using different materials instead of mastering computer illustration. He also talks about how often no one cares about our art. I am fortunate enough to have parents who support me and always made my art feel important. However, I realize in the real world, this is rare. Yet, I think people are growing to appreciating art more.
Lots of famous actors and comedians reach out to their artistic fans by reposting their artwork and telling people to look at their creations.
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