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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Art & Fear II

A few more quotes from Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Art-Making by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

"The difficulties artmakers face are not remote and heroic, but universal and familiar."

"Art is made by ordinary people....This is a giant hint about art, because it suggests that our flaws and weaknesses, while often obstacles to our getting work done, are a source of strength as well. Something about making art has to do with overcoming things, giving us a clear opportunity for doing things in ways we have always known we should do them."

"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. One of the basic and difficult lessons every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential."

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