|Fish at the Market|
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
It's hard for beginning artist, who just start entering juried shows, get up enough courage to enter. And then when their piece is rejected, they feel that maybe they aren't as good an artist as they thought they were. But that's the wrong attitude. It's one day and one judge. On another day and with a different judge, the paintings that are picked for a show might be totally different.
I've had my fair share of rejection. But that doesn't keep me from stopping entering juried shows. I entered the December show this month at The Art League. An artist is allowed to enter two pieces, but only one can be picked. I entered the painting that I won the award with, "Approaching the Equinox", and also the "Fish at the Market." My prize winning painting didn't get selected! But I was thrilled that the judge picked the fish painting.
One can never guess what a judge will like. One judge gives a painting a prize, and the next day a different judge rejects it! But at least my Fish painting will hang this month at The Art League.
If you get a chance, go see the show.
I guess the moral of the story is: Never give up.