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A Creative Hand/Book
by Aisling D'Art
Left page: a hand printed on a table set in the garden. Colander, eggplant, and greens.
Right page: "Perhaps whatever there is in my work that may be really interesting to others, and surely what is interesting to me, is the result of a sometimes successful effort to free myself from any idea that what I produce must be art...--Robert Henri, in The Art Spirit
One of the worst curses of anyone creative, is to be constantly critical of our own work as we're working. We "awfulize" too easily. The moment a painting, wall hanging, or any artistic venture stops looking worthy of the walls of the National Gallery, we want to abandon our work. We lose sight of the value of the process.
In Art & Fear, David Bayles and Ted Orland counter that self-defeating idea: "The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars."
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