1. Write a short 2 to 3 sentence summary of the main ideas from the     reading.
2. According to the authors, how does fear interfere with creativity?
3. How does fear affect your own creativity and artmaking? Use examples     from your         own learning and/or art making.

1.The authors aim to extend our understanding of the process of art-making. Whether that’s painting, acting or even writing they offer the reader an inside look at the difficulties and especially insecurities that the artist faces before he finishes his artwork. Art-making is a creative process that comes from the combination of imagination, use of materials, self-expression, vision, and execution. All in all, the passage aims to encourage artists to keep creating without overvaluing establishment and fame.

2.  Fear & Art (Creativity). The relationship between those is portrayed in the second chapter.

Doubt and fear amongst other things haunt the artist’s mind. They are both constantly representing the barriers of creative outburst and artistic behavior. As ordinary as it may sound to experience these, they are the greatest enemy of creativity.

When insecurity and doubt take over the artist’s mind he feels discouraged to keep on with his work; he feels like every attempt to express himself creatively through his artwork will fail either because of his lacking talent or his unique approach. Quitting is the easy way and sadly occurs very often in the art world. Quitting should not be a way at all. When you engage with your art-piece, you instantly discover parts of yourself you’ve never experienced before. By quitting, your creativity shrinks and disappears into oblivion.

But aren’t constant failures worse than quitting? NO!
To finish it off art-making is unarguably a complex procedure that demands mental wellbeing and creative readiness to unveil its majesty. No matter what fears or insecurities you face, excellence and greatness are never impossible for a passionate artist. Even if those never come in money, fame or recognition, they will come in feelings of fulfillment, achievement, and personal expression. So while accepting doubts, as a reasonable and at the same time unreasonable part of creativity, never let them push you away from the pleasure of creation.

3. As I mentioned before, one of the traits of a passionate artist is fear and doubt. Whether the artist is at the start of his journey, trying to find his own identity within the storm, or at the peak of the mountain, with his artworks worth more than he could ever imagine, he will have felt the uncertainty of doubt while creating his masterpiece.

I, myself, as the aspiring artist that best fits in the first category have experienced the same exact thing. I too have been taken over the doubt and formed it into an unwillingness to keep on trying and creating. And that’s why it is totally a relatable situation for everyone.

It all started from art projects in elementary school that ended up stressing me out and making me cry on how I had built up the expectations of both my teachers and schoolmates, but now, I had nothing to take to class, nothing to create, nothing to reassure them and myself, NOTHING. With time, this ended up evolving into me being insecure about my acting, my performance, the way I talk and the ideas that I put onto the table every time a performance is coming up.

But after all, I never gave up. And that happened for one simple reason; I enjoy the process of art making. I may not be Picasso or Meryl Streep, but this won’t stop me from expressing and exploring myself by the simple and complex act of art-making.

The Book: Art & Fear
Authors: David Bayles and Ted Orland



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