Friday, January 21, 2011

Praying for Acceptance- juried shows

Every year the Duxbury Art Association puts on the Winter Juried Show -it is hung in the museum where I work. There are usually around 450 entries, just over 100 make it in.
I would say I get in about 40 percent of the times I enter. The process is grueling and I hate the whole idea of someone judging me.
My dear friend Carol told me to pray for acceptance- and she meant self acceptance, for even if the judges reject my work ( my soul!) I have to know inside that I believe in what I am doing. She is so right. I know many fantastic and successful artist who never enter juried shows- it just is not worth it.
I'm thinking it might be the last one I enter.
As it turned out- I did get this one in. I'm not going to lie- I'm  happy. But let me tell you- it is still my own self acceptance that needs to be my focus.


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Well, I've seen this one in person and I knew it'd get in. And wearing your heart on your sleeve, you take the chance that it'll get bumped, bruised, scratched, even torn. That's why I wear mine stapled to my forehead.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love the little cartoon. I agree with Kelley. Your work is unique and you :D

Paintings by Patricia said...

Congrats, Sally. I love that piece. I like that idea Kelley.

Skyephoto said...

Deserving of a prize, not just acceptance. Juried shows are such a crapshoot, and so up to the whims of an individual with their own subjective tastes.