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Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Our book for January will be

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

by David Bayles                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Paperback $9.94 on

As always, if you don't read the entire book, come anyway and enjoy the conversation.

 The blurb from Amazon:

"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.

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.





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  • Jen B.

    This was a great Meetup. Impressive turnout, interesting discussion on an excellent book, and a wonderfully varied group of people from all different walks of life, contributing unique perspectives. Afterward, many of us went out to eat at a terrific restaurant, and continued our conversations and got to know each other better. I'm really looking forward to the next Meetup.

    3 · January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Feel comforted and affirmed that I am not alone in the struggle of art making. It is a book about humanity, courage and perseverance in our choice of pursuit, a good reading for the beginning of the year. Thank you for all your sharing and listening, a divers and wonderful group. Happy New Year!

    3 · January 12, 2014

  • John

    Great observations on an enlightening book.

    3 · January 11, 2014

  • Kit

    Wonderful conversation and a very diverse group.

    3 · January 11, 2014

  • Pam

    I'm trying to be better about my RSVPs. Unfortunately won't be able to make it, but I hope to in February!

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Kit

    Hi Destanie,
    We will miss you. Do vote in the poll for our February book. Two really interesting books are leading the poll right now, so I think we can't go wrong.

    2 · January 3, 2014

  • destanie

    I'll be out of town for this one but still plan to check out the book!

    2 · December 26, 2013

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