|"Karoly's studio" watercolor.|
This year, I am trying to enter as many shows as possible. I even have a list in my wall that indicates when the different deadlines are. For example, I always miss the National Watercolor Society deadline, I think I've entered three times in ten years, but not this time. Above, my entry for this year. I am not sure if it will be accepted or not but at least I was motivated into action.
Sure, pressure like this makes painting more of a "job". I am normally assaulted by performance doubts: I am not good enough; I might no win anything; I am not totally happy with this piece, etc, etc... But the key for me is to keep excited about the goals shows represent: Waiting for the answer. Aiming to ever more prestigious shows and trying to match the quality of the artists that flock to those shows.
Rejection hurts a bit , but it is a necessary spur. Many times, I 'know" my piece wasn't up to snuff. In other occasions, I also "know" when a piece is going to do well for me. This "knowing" is like an inner compass of quality. Am I getting better, more confident, or am I falling asleep at the wheel.
|"Moon Gasp, Dume Cove" oil, 20"x24|
|"Baker Girl" oil, 24"x18"|
Next up: Oil Painters of America. I know some top notch painters enter that one.
|"Busters" oil, 8"x10"|
|"Conversation in the Garden" oil, 12x16|