Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Books for the Long Haul

One of my favorite books ever is Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. It's one that I re-read at least once a year, and dip in to as needed. I always find something new. I'd give it to any kind of artist-- painter, writer, sculptor-- the ideas apply to all. Here are a few that struck me this time:

"The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars."

"If you think good work is somehow synonymous with perfect work, you are headed for big trouble. Art is human; error is human;
ergo, art is error. Inevitably your work... will be flawed. Why? Because you're a human being, and only human beings, warts and all, make art."

"To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have."

4 comments:

Sara said...

This is one of my favorite books, too. Reading the quotes you pulled makes me want to go grab it off my shelf!

Jennifer said...

Sara- Yes, I can see the day when I'll have to get a new copy, I've underlined it so much.

Frank Gardner said...

Great quotes. I don't have that book, but I read it once. May have to get a copy.
It sounds like my Henri, The Art Spirit book which has fallen apart and is now just a bunch of loose pages.

Jennifer said...

Hi Frank-- It's similar in that it's an endless source of inspiration (for me, at least!) I highly recommend it. (Can you tell?) :-)

Henri's book is wonderful, too.