I got my postcard from Festival of the Arts today. All four of my entries were not accepted. I thought for sure, at least one would get accepted. Oh well, life goes on right? I guess my submissions just weren’t what the judges were looking for. These are the four I entered.
Echinacea Dark Dreams – 20×30 print matted to a 24×36 frame
Ephemeral Partings – 20×20 canvas print
Pale Perception L – 12×24 print, gatorboard mounted, framed, no mat
Death of a Light Bulb – 12×20 print, framed, no mat
I know, when I dropped off the work, there was some confusion about where to place these pieces. What media to claim them as. I had written Photography for all but Pale Perception L, I just listed that as digital. One person wanted to put them all in with the photography. I know they placed the 3 as photography, but I never found out where Pale Perception went. I did tell them there was no form of photography involved in that image. I didn’t see any of the other entries, so I don’t know if there is a lot of photomanipulation, or if my images are too edited for this competition. This thought process got me thinking, there really aren’t a lot of art competitions that favor digital art. My abstracts are all digital, and I know they aren’t bad because I have sold quite a few, but where do they fit in in today’s art world? I need to find someplace, or a competition for strictly digital works. Maybe I should start my own 🙂
Getting my rejection letter today really depressed me, but then I reminded myself of the sales of my work. If I wasn’t a very good artist, then I would not have sold anything. This being the first time I have actually put myself out there, in the ‘real world’ as an artist, just made it that much worse. But, I have to remind myself, I just didn’t suite these particular judges tastes. Maybe next time, if I decide to try again.