I just read an article on brainpickings.org which highlighted Teresita Fernandez’s keynote address to the 2013 graduating class of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, and though my IWSG post is now hours old, I think the following quote is worth sharing with all my comrades-in-arts (writers and photographers alike!). The full article can be found here. It’s a great pick-me-up for the insecure artist.

“A kind of panic sets in the very next day, an urge to get into the studio because you know you have to start all over again, building something from nothing, seeking the company of those trusted beneficial failures, waiting for those absurd internal dialogues with your own gang of voices. It’s not a very glamorous scenario. But this is precisely what internal success looks like. It is visible only to yourself and while you can trick the rest of the world into thinking you are a good artist, you can never really convince yourself, which is why you keep trying. If you’re lucky and motivated enough to keep making art, life is quiet, you get to work at what you love doing, happily chipping away at something, constructing something, adjusting to a cycle of highs and lows and in betweens, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing it for two years or 50 years, the patterns remain exactly the same. The anxiety continues to set in, the doubts creep in, the baby steps towards mending fragments starts all over again, the cautious urge to peek between the cracks is there. When you find yourself in that place, that’s when you’ll know that the inside is driving the outside.” -Teresita Fernandez, 2005 MacArthur Fellow

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