Art and Fear

Angel in a City sketch

I want to open up a discussion about fear and art.

What creative desire is in you? Now what keeps you from stepping into creating? What keeps you from making art?

I think for me and others there is a practical side, time, money, resources, energy. [Michael Nobb’s actually has an incredible audio podcast that gives tips on how to make art when managing only a little bit of time and energy]. In this blog however, I want to take on the emotional side of what keeps us from doing art.

I recently read the first chapter of a book my friend gave me called Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland from the book I got a series of quotes:

Making The work you want to make means setting aside doubts so that you may see clearly what you have done, and thereby where to go next.


Making the work you want to means finding nourishment within the work.


In a large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself which means makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinguishable.


Art is made by ordinary people.


These quotes are for us to chew on and discuss. What stands out?

How about that last quote, “Art is made by ordinary people.” This comes against the lie that says we don’t have enough talent, or we weren’t born artistic. Art is made by everyone. Life is an art. Take time to think about the creative power in daily life, and how people can be artists just in the confines of the mundane?

I think some of us don’t create because there is a fear of inadequacy. Which comes up because we don’t make art like so and so, and we are afraid people won’t like it. REally we think we won’t like it. But we haven’t even tried, and the bulk of us have taken the creative tools out of our hands and locked them in a cell named fear.

The truth is, our work won’t be exactly how we see it in our imagination at first. Our concepts will fall short. Think about government for a minute and how much it has changed throughout the years. It adjust to the people, the times, the seasons of humanity. There are principals in government that have remained the same for the most part, but even government is an art, its moving changing, it’s an art of ideas, change, systems to help people, empower the helpless, protect. It’s art. A governor or king can’t blame himself for global disasters all the time, he has to take the role given to him and do what he can. He has to make art.

As I am speaking to people from a variety of fields I want us to see our passion, our field as  place to create, a place to make art.

The best you can do is make art you care about.


This is a matter of perseverance.


“Artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working.” (Stephen DeStaebler)


What can we do to embark on a journey of creating? How can fear be dismantled?

The Billard BA Barge.

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