How rejection has made me a better artist

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:

  • #etsyart
  • 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.

I want to be recognizable for my own style.


Affordable Australian Art

So there is an exciting opportunity on Etsy – it’s all very hush hush at the moment but there will be events in three major Australian cities to showcase the art on Etsy. I’ve entered the A3 size Limited Edition print of “Galvanic” .

Fingers crossed as I think they will be shown in shopping centres on large posters as it has to be able to be printed out at 1.4 meters by 1 meter.

So after submitting my entry I saw there was their affordable art picks in which I saw my A3 Limited Edition print of “insouciant”!

Etsy Australian Afoordable Art

New print available – Abstract Geometric “Radiant Orchid and Mint”

Yay – After so much procrastination, last week I finally decided to complete a finished work. I wanted to play around with the colour of the year “Radiant Orchid” and mint seemed like a good match.
I love exploring the geometric shapes too because I don’t have a concrete plan and have to make everything up line by line.

Head over to my Facebook page as I have been working on a few fashion sketches which I am unsure if they are good enough to be prints but am having loads of fun trying new techniques – copic markers and pencils!

Etsy Shop – Abstract Purple & Mint Geometric Minimalist Art, Triangle Shapes Abstract Purple & Mint Geometric Minimalist Art, Triangle Shapes


New Art Series – “In Boxes”

New Art!

These have been a while in the making – I am very impatient and don’t like to linger on a piece for too long, however I think these got better when I had time to stop and do other things. New eyes and new Photoshop techniques were learned (Loving the background eraser tool!)

The series (of three so far) is called “In boxes”. The concept is a small window of landscape connected to a feeling/quote.

Below are the links
Joanouk Madeit – Watercolour Inspirational Quote
Joanouk Etsy – Watercolour Inspirational Quote

joanouk watercolour dont waste time