Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Art and Fear

As I continue to work on my dragon piece, and worry and fret, I'm reminded of some very quotable nuggets in one of my favorite books: 
Art and Fear - by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Art and Fear cover
The work we have not done seems more real in our minds than the pieces we have completed.

Making the work you want to make means finding nourishment within the work itself.
The overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars.

Failed pieces are essential.

You learn how to make your work by making your work.

Artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working. — Stephen DeStaebler
Art is like beginning a sentence before you know its ending.
An artist’s major discoveries usually come early on, and a lifetime is then allotted to fill out and refine those discoveries.

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