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”?