ART and FEAR. i love this book.
It's an old one, but it never stops inspiring. Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, written almost ten years ago by two guys who are teachers and working artists. In the introduction the first words are, "This is a book about making art, Ordinary art," and finishes with, "It is about finding your own work." Well I was sold from the first moment I read this. This book sits by my bedside. I have picked it up more times than I can count, and it has never failed to remind me that those of us who make art, are on similar paths of ups and downs, starting and stopping, clarity and confusion. This is not a self-help book as it may sound. This isn't therapy. It is practical, real-life observations on the artmaking process, why it gets made and why it does not. If you are human, and you make anything, this one belongs on your bookshelf.