In the last month and a half, I've entered three paintings in juried shows and put together a proposal to have an exhibit at the DIVA Gallery in Eugene. Out of the four potential exhibits, I'd told myself I'd be happy if I got 2 acceptances. When entering for the WSO (Watercolor Society of Oregon) and HWS (Hawaii Watercolor Society), you know it will be over a month between entering and hearing the results.
With the Eugene Mayor's Show, the wait is only one week. On Saturday, Aug. 22 I left off "Sound Bites" and 6 days later I picked it up--the painting was rejected. Boo-hoo! But I had three other things in the mix.
Yesterday I got the results from the HWS in the mail. "Orchid Eruption" was accepted in the 2009 Hawaii Watercolor Society Open exhibit.
And Today I heard that my entry for the WSO 2009 Fall Show was also accepted.
Caribbean Cornrows II
So now I am pleased, as I said I would be, with my efforts. Two paintings are in shows and one was rejected. I have to admit, I still look for outside approval of my art, but I also feel my own artistic growth internally and that drives me to go out to the studio to create another piece.
I'm happy, but would it be greedy to keep hoping for an exhibit at DIVA? I'll let you know when I hear from them.