Wow, what a negative title huh? So far 2012 hasn't been a year to stroke my artistic ego. I really debated on saying anything about the fact that my paintings have been rejected from the 2 national shows I entered. But the reality of it is that they have.
I think about it and I hear from really talented well established artists who have a whole alphabet of designations behind their name; "Don't feel bad, I still get rejected sometimes." I guess that should make a person feel better right?
I wanted to blog about it because I feel there are a lot of ways this "art thing" can drive me and my life. I have always loved young people and helping them learn. Especially young artists who I hope will not give up on their art like I had for years. I think I have come far and these rejections are just one more bump in the road. I think it is good for young people to see the bumps. For them to see that I didn't wake up one morning and I was suddenly a talented artist. I have used my formula for an artist before: Inspiration + Perspiration= Natural Talent.
I always laugh when people say I have a natural ability. If it is so natural, why is it taking so long to get good.
I have a number of Facebook friends who are very talented artists. Many of whom have recently announced their acceptance into national shows. I have to admit for a short time there is a sting. Then I look at their work. I really look and I see. I see that I have a ways to go to get that special difference. That style or unique quality to everything I do. I'm not quite sure how I will get there yet or how long it will take. But I refuse to let my artist journey end.
Blogging about rejection may seem negative on the surface. But I guess in this art world I have chosen to immerse myself in, it is part of the territory. My hope is by blogging about my rejection there may be another artist who decides to try one more painting too.