This year’s ‘Blue Monday’ brought me three rejections in one day. There are ups and downs in the career of an artist but it’s hard when the downs come as a coach party!!
Still the positives do tend to outweigh the negatives and later that same week I had a message to say that the commission I worked on last Autumn ( see photograph above) had been received with delight.
This was especially welcome news as the commission came via one of those events that you ‘chalk up to experience’ .
Earlier in the year I took part in a show at a new venue. Few, if any, of the artists present reported good sales. It was cold and damp but I smiled, talked about my work and thought up ideas for new projects for two days in a marquee, in a Northern field. Then, a couple of months later I had a message that someone had seen my work at that show and was interested in commissioning a new piece.
So, whilst rejections are never easy to accept, I try and think positively and move on to the next opportunity- in this case the new Woodhorn Museum Open: Ocean Exhibition
Both the pieces I submitted were accepted for the show and I’m looking forward to the Preview Night next week!
‘On Fierce Days’ (left above) is one of the two pieces I have in the show.
The January tradition of evaluating and planning ahead is also keeping me busy. New work is being developed and I will share it with you soon but my next post will be about a slight diversion from my usual practice.