Today I shipped this painting to 17th Open Exhibition of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). I feel very honored to have been accepted as I have followed with admiration and awe many of the artists who are also in the show. It is such a great feeling to get an acceptance for a show. I have to console myself when I get a "non-acceptance" letter, that sounds less harsh than a "rejection" letter!
However, it is something to be taken in stride and learned from. One, don't take yourself too seriously! Two, if you really like the painting, enter it in another show! I did that last year and the third time was a charm, and I even received a merchandise award for the painting, which made it even more exciting. Bottom line, juried shows are subjective, it depends on the juror. One juror may hate it and another may love it. That's what I have heard from many artists that I have taken classes from who also are jurors. Now, I have first hand experience.
Anyway, this painting started out as layers of paint and gel medium on Ampersand Gessoboard. Then I layered lots of marks created with graphite, ink, crayon, and pastel. I am enjoying this process and it seems to be working for me right now. So, I will play and have fun with the idea for a while until the next idea strikes! Have a great Monday!