Art and Blogging

Art_Fear.jpgThanks to CoolTools I came across the book Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. The review quotes from the book extensively and there are a couple of snippets that hit home with me:

What you need to know about the next piece is contained in the last piece.

Well that pretty sums up one of the major reasons I’m writing this blog. I’ve tried blogging in the past but never felt good at it and always doubted that I had anything worthwhile to say. I would post rarely and never made that much progress. My hope now is that by working on this blog frequently each post will inform the next until I discover what this blog is about, who it’s for and whether it’s worth continuing. Essentially I’m looking for emergent properties, phenomena that I’m sure are familiar to many artists who come to see the thing they are creating as they are creating it.

The only pure communication is between you and your work.

I’m sure hoping this is true, since I’m not counting on a huge readership for this blog. If I were concerned about reaching a number of readers, or what any reader might think of this project, then I certainly would not have started this blog. I write what’s interesting to me about this process and have not considered pleasing anybody else. There are many areas of life where satisfying other people’s needs and desires is important, but this is not one of them.

Now that I’ve cribbed from Art and Fear I’m looking forward to reading the whole book. I’ve put a hold on it at my local library branch since I’m too cheap to buy a copy. Libraries are great aren’t they? But that’s a subject for another day.

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