How rejection has made me a better artist

One thing I am learning being an artist is how to handle rejection.

Applying for something opens up endless possibilities; “I could win first prize!”, “I could meet lot’s of new customers”, ” I could be recognized by people I admire” but when it doesn’t happen life comes to a halt and those things don’t happen.

How do you move forward if your applications aren’t accepted? You are still in the same place as yesterday.

The only thing I can do is keep my eyes open for more opportunities – things I may be good enough for. I don’t apply for things I am not ready for – like the Big Design Market and Finders Keepers . I know they are big markets and there are very impressive stall set ups which I just don’t have the money for.

A few things I have applied for and didn’t get accepted:

  • #etsyart
  • Signed and Numbered
  • Markit at fed square
  • Etsy Design awards

I have learned that part of the reason is that my work doesn’t “fit in” with the other designers. I understand cohesion but I don’t want to create art with other people in mind.

I need to create to my vision and ‘push the boundaries’, whatever those boundaries are.

I want to be recognizable for my own style.

 

How rejection has made me a better artist

Playing around with video

Alright – I’ve been busy but I have made my first few videos showing my painting processes!

How scary – I am not that comfortable in front of the camera just yet so I will be posting progress videos for my paintings first.

Head over to my You Tube Page to check them out! Or for more up to date videos please visit my Instagram account where I post more often.

What do you think about video? Do you think it’s better than an image?

🙂

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Playing around with video

Getting into the art of painting

Last year I felt I had to blog about everything to keep people up to date.

Unfortunately I am not a writer and don’t really enjoy writing so I haven’t written a blog post since November 2015. And it feels great.

I have been able to focus on planning and painting a few mini series and entering a few art competitions.

I hope to check back in here once in a while but if you ever want to keep up to date with what I am up to please follow me on Instagram. I find Instagram an amazing place visually and I love showing everyone behind the scenes works in progress.  It helps me think things through by stopping and taking a minute to think where the piece is heading.

I have entered two larger art prizes – The John Fries Award for emerging and early career artists and the Bayside Aquisitive Art Prize. Both have quite a large money prize for first place and have a high standing in the art world. I don’t think I can win first prize but it always good to dream and take a chance. I would love to at least become a finalist and be able to say that someone believes in my work enough.

This year I am a very busy person; I still work full time and this year I will also be completing a Diploma of Logistics. These won’t leave much time for painting but that is what I will do. I am going to focus on the painting side and not the blogging, promotion as such.

I hope this year will be a good one and hope yours is too!

Getting into the art of painting

Working on larger canvas

I never thought I would be stuck doing something I’ve done before. But a larger canvas had my brain stumped. The little ones feel like a fluke as they are done quicker but how do I paint more canvas?

The piece started fine – I began in one corner and tried out my blending and tones. All was good. I continued on and placed a basic cover of red then tried the same blending all over the canvas. Somehow it wasn’t what I wanted and it looked terrible. My brains answer? Add more paint!

It still didn’t look right so I wiped away the excess paint. I thought – “yeah, that’s all rough looking – people like rough abstract art!” I went away for about 10 minutes and has to come back because that was bullshit. It looked childish and not like the other canvases I had done (which I think looked kind nice). I tried blending a slightly different way, it was easier now there wasn’t so much paint.

In the end I think it looks better but it started better as a sketch. One day everything will click the way I intend it to.

 

Working on larger canvas