I've been reading a book "Fearless Creating" by Eric Maisel and in it was this quote ....
"Between each fruitful phase are long periods of exploration, faltering, learning, and working things out." (Kenneth Noland)
People often misjudge a finished artwork... "thats easy, my kid could do that". But they don't see the journey that lead the artist to that point, they don't see where the artist's mind was when they made the artwork, what the message or idea behind it is.
Being an artist isn't easy. Both creating and not creating creates a state of anxiety in me, but I will always choose the anxiety of creating!