I entered into a show a few months ago (a show I REALLY wanted to get into) and I received word that my work did not get accepted (this is just one of many by the way). I am no stranger to rejection. All artists (and really anyone living and breathing for that matter) will have to deal with loads of rejection throughout life. I have spoken on the cringe-worthy topic of rejection before: how uneasy and inadequate it makes me feel, and how those feeling can also motivate me to try even harder (on a lighter note). I believe in life you lose some and you win some. I tell myself not to let rejection (something that is inevitable whether I like it or not) hold me back from making beautiful photographs and showing them to the world.
So I Got a New Book
I am currently reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and it has really motivated me in several ways. I recommend that book to any creative out there. With the motivation from the book and the motivation from being rejected, I decided to keep entering my work. . .
I got accepted into some art shows for the month of July! I figured I would leave some links to the gallery pages so if there is anyone out there who is actually reading this, you are welcome to click on the links and check out my work, as well as the work of other international artists!
July Shows I Got Accepted Into
My photograph “Garden of Pumpkins” was accepted into the Seasons Art Exhibition for Light, Space and Time Art Gallery, based in Jupiter, Florida. The photo received the “Special Recognition Award”. My photograph "Swings at the Fall Fair" was also accepted into the exhibition and it received the "Special Merit Awards".
My photograph “Portrait of an Eagle” received 5th Place in the All Animals Art Exhibition for Contemporary Art Gallery based in Annapolis, Maryland.
My photographs “Portrait of an Eagle”, “Hills of NM” and “The Birds” were accepted into the Natural World art exhibition for the Fusion Art Gallery based in Palm Springs, California.
My photographs “The Birds” and “Hills of NM” were accepted into the Black and White exhibition for the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery based in Everett, Pennsylvania.
If anyone takes anything away from this post, I hope that it is motivation to "keep on keepin' on" (as Joe Dirt would say haha).
And seriously, read the book by Austin Kleon!