In appreciation of my friends and fellow Salonistas

I appreciate the fact that you all spent SOME time reading this book. While I have a long way to go in really working through a book like an English teacher does, I believe that you got out of the reading what you put into it. I have my skeptics and cynics, but there are also the faithful, the believers out there too. A lot of what Ted speaks about is not relegated only to the world of the arts, but more so, and more importantly, to the world of life. Take what you want, leave what you don’t, but give it a shot and see where it takes you.


7 Replies to “Afterword”

  1. The afterword was the shortest tid-bit of The View, and in which it should be since it is the so called afterword; a little something to wrap the book up. I hadn’t realized that The View had been published before, revised, and then printed again. This really shows how much work that Mr. Orland puts in his book and how much he cares for his readers. If he didn’t care for his book then he wouldn’t have spent the extra time, work, and money making The View the absolute best. Plus if he didn’t care at all then he may have just not made the book and kept The View’s ideas all to himself and not help other artists “make sense of art”. So thank you Mr. Orland in taking the time to make The View for all us artists out there.

  2. Mr. Orland clearly put time and effort into his book. It really shows how much he cares about art and about the people who make it. I think if he hadn’t wanted to be an artist he would never have made this book meaning art students would never have had the chance to reach his insight. Mr. Orland wrote a lot about his own personal experience and I believe it was helpful to many striving artists. This was also Mr. Orland’s shortest chapter and as such, he couldn’t elaborate as much as he usually does. However, I believe that we all get the picture that writing a book is difficult, especially one about art.

  3. Ted Orland put alot of work into his book but i think that he wrote bassed more on what he thought of art rather than other peoples personal expeirences. he also wrote alot of metaphors that made some parts very confusing… thats my personal thoughts, and i know that this book wasnt written for people our age.other than that it was okay. I personaly thought it was kind of borring

  4. First, I would like to day that I want to thank Ted Orland for putting so much obvious time and effort into the book. It had to take an intense amount of time to read through the entire book, looking for typos and sentences that needed to be restructed, and I find that kind of dedication inspiring. I only wish that I could have written my own comments in the book in those large side margins and shown Ted Orland exactly what I was thinking when I read his book.
    Sure, I didn’t find the book as enthralling as I’m sure some other people might have, but I did take a lot from it (even though nothing that I took from it related to art). I applied everything that Mr. Orland tried to teach to the young and upcoming artists to what my life will soon one day be, which has really helped me visualize my path ahead.
    Overall, I thought the book was tolerable. I wasn’t as into it as I have been with other school-assigned reads, but then again, I didn’t expect to be when I was handed a book about “how artists find their way in an uncertain world”. I took a lot of life lessons from the book, especially about what to expect in my future, granted I won’t be coming from an art stand point, rather a science one, but the uncertainty still remains.
    Thank you, Ted Orland, for giving me this insight, the other ideas that I have thought of thanks to this book, for writing this book even though it wasn’t intended for high school students, and thank you for mentioning Werner Von Braun. I about fell out of my chair while reading when I saw his name on page 52 (even though I disagreed with the statements being made around those lines in the margin).

  5. I didn’t think that I was going to like this book in the beginning, but it’s grown on me. I really liked the messages he gave on going into art as a profession. I was very skeptical on the subject, but after reading this, I almost feel more confident in pushing towards it. Sure, it will be a tough road ahead, but I think that if I just take what I learn and apply it at my very best.
    So thank you for writing this book, recising it and then publishing it again, Ted Orland.

  6. I think that ted really had a unique way of thinking and appreciation of an artist and their work. He does have a good way of showing interest in art and art work that other people don’t have. It’s nice to find people that have the same level of interest in art and all about it. For the readers, it can really show artwork for how Ted Orland sees it. I still think though that an artist is free to choose what art really means. Art is not something that just something concrete but for individuals to decide for themselves. Overall, I think it was a good read, an interesting and beneficial read by looking at one artist view to maybe helping us making sense of our own art.

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