I had some good news this month, I had one painting juried into the Salon International Competition. Yeehah! It is so encouraging to get into these shows. It is great exposure...However, that was followed a rejection of my entries for the Oil Painters of America National Show. Bummer! So what is the lesson here?
Keep your eyes on the prize. I'm not talking about the prize of getting into national competitions, I'm talking about the prize of continuing to strive to do your best work. While getting into these shows definitely looks good on your art resume, and they are a good way to promote your work, it is not the end goal. Painting work you are proud of is the goal and the prize.
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No Sour Grapes
oil on masonite
So no sour grapes! Keep trying to get into competitions and keep painting.