Fear and Artmaking
do you have doubts and fears about your artmaking?
My biggest challenge when I start any of my own painting is facing my fears: Will I be creating something worthwhile? How will other people react to my piece? etc...In the book "Fear and Art" by David Bayles & Ted Orlando they describe fears of artmaking as falling into 2 categories: fears about yourself and fears about your reception by others. They go on to say: ..."fears about yourself prevent you from doing your best work, while fears about your reception by others prevents you from doing your own work."
I call my mixed media collage all day art workshops in Los Angeles: "Fear-less Creating". Real self expression can only happen when we unlock those fears and allow our subconscious to emerge in its own way. Inserting a hyphen in between fear and less is my play on the word: We should fear less creating!