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{October 4, 2007}   LeArN nOt To QuIt!!!

That’s what you should do if you want to be a successful artist, says David Bayles and Ted Orland in their book Art & Fear. “Learn not to quit” sounds like a DUH statement, but you’d be surprised at how many artists get so overwhelmed with fears of not being good enough, people not liking their work, ideas not be sharp enough or executed well, to the point of them just quitting art altogether.

David and Ted bring up some interesting points about how and why artists “stop” making art for a while, or “quit” making art, period. One reason is when they graduate college. Well, we’re all almost there right now, and I hope that none of us get to the point of quitting! The authors make a good point in differentiating between “stopping” and “quitting” the making of art. Stopping implies a break, in that you will pick it up again at a later time. Quitting is just that….quitting. No turning back, never doing art again.

This chapter of the book was interesting, and kind of gives you something to think about when it comes to your own art making and success in life, and how you think about your work while you make it. Definitely an interesting read.

Art & Fearfear

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Hey Ruby! Mo here. I enjoyed your thoughts on the Fear of Art.
I keep track of KCAI Ceramics grads and certainly quit a few of
them continue doing creative work after graduation. Don’t fear
graduation! A fan, Mo



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