Tag: art and fear

This tag is named after the amazing must-read book by Ted Orland and David Bayles.

Success

Just as failure shouldn’t be feared, success shouldn’t be placed on a pedestal. Success is neither impossible nor assured. It is just another part of the creative process,…

Failure

We are all so afraid to fail, or even afraid to admit it when we do. But failure is a normal part of life, especially the life of…

learn the craft of selling your art

The incomparable Ze Frank just put up a video talking about living the creative life. Go, watch it. Wisdom is contained within. A lot of the “secret” behind…

my job is absurd

My job is absurd. When I stop to think about it, what I do for a living is simply, utterly absurd. Today I spent hours staring at the…

a little help from your friends

Sometimes you need the help of friends and peers to see the potential in your own art. I had spent yesterday photographing some flowers we picked up at…

Fear, creativity, and the stock market

While continuing our conversation on creativity and fear continues over on this post, I realized that the recent insanity in the stock market gives us as artists a…

Conversation on creativity and fear

Two years ago I wrote about the relationship between creativity and fear. This past weekend, the conversation got reignited by a couple new visitors to my blog, and…

Rewriting my artist’s statement

I find that one of the biggest challenges I face as an artist is writing my artist’s statement. Putting your vision and artistic ideas into words is a…

failing in order to succeed

There is a great video of Ira Glass of This American Life giving advice to people who want to create stories. He’s good some very down-to-earth advice that…

Good financial advice for artists

John Scalzi, writer and blogger extraordinaire, posted some excellent financial advice geared towards new writers. So often people who give business advice artists come across as condescending or…

telepathy, art and fire

In science fiction, whenever a character develops the ability to hear other people’s thoughts (like Parkman in the show Heroes), they go through an intense struggle to control…

hungry for your art

What makes you hungry to make art? What conditions do you need to to be in to find enough fuel to fire your creativity? In his blog today,…

the myth of the tortured artist

Our culture holds onto a myth that artists need to be filled with grief, stress and turmoil in order to create great work. That work that made about…

Support not critique

Seth Godin suggests that, when it comes to creativity, “the brave need supporters, not critics.” This made me think of my advisor in college. Steve pissed me off…

Doubt and art

I read the most troubling statement on an online forum today. The question was posed “How do you know you are an artist?”, to which one person responded:…

Creativity and Fear

A quote from Seth Godin: The enemy of creativity is fear… In the long run, the enemy of fear is creativity. I’m sure of it. I disagree. The…

Art and Patience

I love this quote from Art and Fear, a book by David Bayles and Ted Orland: The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to…