Fear and Artmaking

do you have doubts and fears about your artmaking?

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.
— Georgia O'Keefe
  mixed media collage piece made by student in fearless art making workshop

mixed media collage piece made by student in fearless art making workshop


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!