by Dorothia Rohner
Recently, I reread a book that my mother gave me years ago. Since then, I have referred to it many times on my artistic journey.
Art and Fear–Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of ARTMAKING. An Artist's Survival Guide. By David Bayles and Ted Orland
This book is filled with nuggets of wisdom that discuss the importance of finding your own work. The authors explore the nature of being an artist and pose questions and offer suggestions for those of us who have a passion to create.
Each time I read the book, it helps me to examine why I create, what I am trying to achieve and how I want to execute the work. Making books for children takes patience, determination, imagination, grit and patience among other traits. This books discusses why some artists keep going and some fail to find the courage to forge on.
I have selected eight quotes to share with you here. I hope that these quotes will remind you that you are not alone on your creative journey and give you the courage to keep making books for children.
The world needs more books made by kind and gentle people.
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