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    A good read......"Art and Fear"

    At the prompting of my good friend Jan Pietrzak (who gave this to me as a present) I started reading this while waiting for rain storms to pass while the Artist-in-residence at the Petrified Forest. As a veteran artist of some 43 years, I thought I would not get much out of it, but to my delightful surprise I found it insightful and illuminating. ASMOF I think it should be required reading for the official artist license test.

    http://www.amazon.com/Art-Fear-Obser.../dp/0961454733

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    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 68
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    It has a sort of a sequel: The View From The Studio Door: How Artists Find Their Way In An Uncertain World by Ted Orland. Both books are worth the read if you contemplate such thoughts...
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    Have you read Art and Fear? What did you think? I just discovered the "sequel" today. I will likely pick it up.
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 68
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    I learned a new acronym today, and it's not Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation.
    In case I'm not the only one wondering, I think ASMOF means As A Matter Of Fact.

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    Close. That would be ASAMOF. Check this out. Scroll down the left-hand side to find it.

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    Oh man, guessing acronyms can be frustrating. It really should be AAMOF. No reason to spell out "as" when all other words are substituted by the initial letter only.

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    Ok guys how about the book?
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 68
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    Kirk,

    I am glad you like it. I met Ted and David back in 1974 at and AA workshop. This has been a book that I have been carrying around for many years. While doing a weekend staff retreat for UC Santa Cruz I had Ted sign my copy. He looked it over and asked if he could look at it that night, and see what I had noted on the pages. The next morning, Ted told me that he had stayed up to make notes on my notes. He gave me back my now signed copy and a new copy and said lets see what you can do with this new one. It is a wonderful book, that I have encouraged my students read and keep notes in. It is the best $10.00, 12.00 or 15.00 you will ever spend.

    Jan Pietrzak

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    I agree completely. Thanks for that gift!
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    Kirk

    at age 68
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: A good read......"Art and Fear"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    Ok guys how about the book?
    Oh, right .... the book! (acronym was fun while it lasted). Sorry for the digression. Well, I managed to finish the book during a lengthy wait in a hospital reading area while a friend was being treated for terminal cancer - didn't last much longer. Can't say I got a lot out of the book during the first quick read, doesn't speak well of my comprehension "skills." I should re-read now that I can concentrate better and make notes.

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