Finding hope in no thank you

I’ve been getting quite a few “no thank you’s” in my e-mail inbox lately. From a prominent art fair in a nearby state to juried printmaking shows, the “no thanks” have been rolling in.  The writers are always appreciative of my entry, and encourage me to apply again. Quite honestly, my mouse hand is quick to find the delete button.
I sometimes wish it would enough for me to just create art, and not want to share it with others. After family and friends, the task of further sharing your art becomes more difficult and expensive, sometimes exciting, but always stressful.
I am not conceited nor naive enough to think that I should always have my work accepted.  I am fairly new at exhibiting, and my style of printmaking looks very different from other printmakers. But I do wonder, where is the hope in “no thank you”?

A fractured, icy lake in the Deam Wilderness.  Elizabeth Busey, digital photograph.
For today, hope will be kindled in small ways. Fixing snacks for my hungry teens. Indulging in a bath before dinner. Tea by the wood stove while watching the latest Downton Abbey episode again.
Tomorrow hope will be carving the last layer on a print that has taken a very long time to complete. Finishing something always feels good. I will put a coat of polyurethane on my latest batch of framing stock. And hope will be starting a small linocut card, using my cool new Foredom drill that came at Christmas.
How do you keep hope kindled?


6 thoughts on “Finding hope in no thank you

  1. Kim Evans

    I try to remember that belief in oneself and one's creativity is something worth cultivating. Hang in there, Elizabeth, remember your successes, count your blessings, more will come…

  2. Jan

    Maybe you should take comfort in the fact that you actually got a reply, which many a job applicant would appreciate. Your work is clearly excellent, but perhaps it wasn't a good fit for the theme or type of exhibition you applied for. The organizers usually have a 'direction' in mind. So it probably has nothing to do with the quality of your work, more with what they want to project, and with what fits into the exhibition as a whole. Take heart, Kim is right, other opportunities will present.

  3. Anonymous

    I find hope in the lush visual memory of your recent Waldron show (which I returned to, with Kate, before it closed), in the thoughtful and truly original work you continue to produce in semi-solitude, and the fact that you won't have to haul your show to quite so many "learning experiences" this season! Love, MKP

  4. Elizabeth Busey Post author

    Hope is also kindled by the kind encouragement of others. I've resolved today to send some sort of encouragement to at least five other people who might need it. (And I will also be indulging in a bit of Downton Abbey time as well — thanks for the link!)

    May you all find a bit of hope today,


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