Sunday Photo/Art Quote – Artist’s Doubts


Fear of failure.

Fear of success.

Fear of being a success at being a failure.

It’s 1:48AM and I’m having trouble sleeping. I spent the day putting finishing touches on images for the Southwest District Photographic Competition put on by Professional Photographers of America. What’s my problem? I have had success in the past. I’ve already earned my degrees and received awards for my imagery. Last year one of my images even made it to help represent Team USA at the World Photographic Cup!

My problem is I might not measure up this time…

So rather than tossing and turning and knowing my love of searching for inspirational quotes involving art I got up to scour the Internet and found this gem.

robert hughes quote“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” Robert Hughes (Art Critic and author)

Not that I think I’m a great artist, but I do have aspirations.

And, it’s nice to know I’m not alone.

Now back to the desktop computer to check on my work and put a couple finishing flourishes on some of my photographic entries before I upload them tomorrow, unh make that later today… and maybe then I can get back to sleep.

Do these things keep you up too???

Yours in Creative Photography,       Bob

PS – In my search of the subject I came found a lot of quote about artists feeling a bit insecure about their work. Here’s a couple more…

“Doubt is part of the creative process.”

“We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” Henry James

“Talent and determination are no warrant against confusion, nor are they a guaranty to produce great art.” Leon Krier