One thing I am learning being an artist is how to handle rejection.
Applying for something opens up endless possibilities; “I could win first prize!”, “I could meet lot’s of new customers”, ” I could be recognized by people I admire” but when it doesn’t happen life comes to a halt and those things don’t happen.
How do you move forward if your applications aren’t accepted? You are still in the same place as yesterday.
The only thing I can do is keep my eyes open for more opportunities – things I may be good enough for. I don’t apply for things I am not ready for – like the Big Design Market and Finders Keepers . I know they are big markets and there are very impressive stall set ups which I just don’t have the money for.
A few things I have applied for and didn’t get accepted:
Signed and Numbered
Markit at fed square
Etsy Design awards
I have learned that part of the reason is that my work doesn’t “fit in” with the other designers. I understand cohesion but I don’t want to create art with other people in mind.
I need to create to my vision and ‘push the boundaries’, whatever those boundaries are.
Last year I felt I had to blog about everything to keep people up to date.
Unfortunately I am not a writer and don’t really enjoy writing so I haven’t written a blog post since November 2015. And it feels great.
I have been able to focus on planning and painting a few mini series and entering a few art competitions.
I hope to check back in here once in a while but if you ever want to keep up to date with what I am up to please follow me on Instagram. I find Instagram an amazing place visually and I love showing everyone behind the scenes works in progress. It helps me think things through by stopping and taking a minute to think where the piece is heading.
I have entered two larger art prizes – The John Fries Award for emerging and early career artists and the Bayside Aquisitive Art Prize. Both have quite a large money prize for first place and have a high standing in the art world. I don’t think I can win first prize but it always good to dream and take a chance. I would love to at least become a finalist and be able to say that someone believes in my work enough.
This year I am a very busy person; I still work full time and this year I will also be completing a Diploma of Logistics. These won’t leave much time for painting but that is what I will do. I am going to focus on the painting side and not the blogging, promotion as such.
I hope this year will be a good one and hope yours is too!