I received my first rejection letter this week - woohoo! I know, weird reaction, right? But let me tell you, I am somewhat thrilled. I mean, I was brave enough to enter an unknown show and let total strangers decide on whether or not they wanted to use my paintings in their upcoming show. That was a huge step for me.
I'm not devastated I didn't get in; disappointed sure, but not crushed. I've grown; gotten thicker skin; I know my paintings are good - I am more confident in my talent! So while it would have been great to be accepted, I feel good about stepping out and trying. And I'll keep entering and eventually, one painting will be a good fit and get accepted. Because nothing ventured, nothing gained. As I tell my friends - "You can't win if you don't enter!"