God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”
Yes, I read this excellent book, Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland. I felt that a pair of artists were in the room with me, engaged in legitimate, heart-to-heart discussion. And they addressed the inherent fears and required courage of art making rather than the blocked-artist syndrome. I am not a blocked artist. I am a public school teacher, teaching multiple subjects. I will frequently face weekday afternoons and evenings where preparations leave little-to-no time for quality studio work. But that is not blockage, not creative paralysis–it is just an overloaded schedule. This afternoon I managed to eke out some time for the studio, so here I am, with a little hesitation. So what is this “fear” factor? I will be the first to testify…
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