I just found out that my piece "11 Houses" was rejected by the Junior League of Raleigh for their Town and Country show. That is my second jury rejection. It would be interesting to hear why I was not accepted. Did they hate it? Did they like it well enough but had to cut it due to space constraints? Who knows?
Most interesting is that I am not really bugged. I had a momentary icky feeling, but that is it. I love my art. I have collectors that love my art. I am not really upset that this particular jury did not love my art. I will keep pushing and growing and trying and learning. It is amazing to me that I have come so far in my confidence. Just a few years ago, I would've been scared to even try. I would've been crushed by the rejection. I wonder what has given me this confidence? I think it has alot to do with community. Having associations with other artists who support my vision, and will be honest, yet gentle in their critique is essential in my growth as an artist. I have been a part of online groups in the past, but most recently have put my energies into some local groups of artists. If you an artist, and want to build confidence in your skills and vision, I encourage you to find a local group of artists for support. You will be amazed at what it can do for you. Make sure you don't associate with anyone who sucks your energy, or holds you back though. I have run across some of these in my time as well. Stick with people who have similar goals and vision as you. Good luck!