I’ve recently read a wonderful book which I would recommend to any practising artist – or indeed, anyone struggling with their work. Called Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland, it came out in 1993 but I’ve only just discovered it – and have been giving it to, or recommending it to all my art friends!
Art and Fear is a non-fiction book written by artists for artists. The point of the book is to help the young and/or struggling artist survive in the art world and to conquer the various difficulties, obstacles and fears that the developing artist faces. These difficulties come in two varieties: internal and external.
I found the book to be encouraging and life-affirming. (Many of the pages seemed to be written just for me!) From it I have taken three helpful points – that every artist needs:
- A goal
- A support network with other artists
- To keep making art. (Don’t stop!)
I cannot recommend it too highly!