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Every day all around the globe, artists on mission are creating, cultivating, and contributing in their communities. As they seek to see their art used in the work the Lord is doing, we want to share their stories to encourage and inspire.
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Thursday, 02 December 2021 22:03

Art and Fear: A Book Review

Written by Geinene C.
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One of our Artist Mentors recently had the chance to read and review Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Ortlund. Find her comments below! 

I have yet to meet an artist who has not battled fear and doubt in their pursuit of art-making at one time or another. Though more common than realized, the majority of artists cannot help but think they must be the only ones to possess these feelings, not to mention a secret stash of unsuccessful art attempts. The book Art & Fear: Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by Bayles & Orland insightfully addresses the universal angst floating in the undercurrent of creativity.

Though this book has been around for a few decades, the subject of fear is never out of date. In fact, it is a resource I have circled back to many a time during different seasons of my artistic development— digesting it in bits while on this lifelong pursuit to remain a practicing artist. Yes, remain. It takes courage and faith to stay the course and confront recurring obstacles such as feelings of inadequacy and the drive for perfectionism, which can end up stalling so many artists or, doing worse, leading them to quit altogether.

Not written exclusively from a Christian perspective, the authors’ honest and thoughtful insights can enhance our understanding as believers who identify with a call to a creative vocation yet still wrestle with common uncertainties. As the book so straightforwardly states, “Artists quit when they lose the destination for their work—for the place their work belongs.”

All the more reason to prayerfully seek clarity on what we are to invest our time and energy in creating, the message communicated through it, and with whom we hope to engage. I encourage you to take the time to read this book and work through any fear and doubt currently clouding your sight as an artist, replacing them with a refreshed and clearer vision to lead you forward.

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