|Class IV, Aquamedia, 22x30|
This painting was accepted into the Watercolor Society of Oregon's Spring Show--Juror, Robert Burridge
This past year I had a string of acceptances in some bigger, national shows, which really set me up to have greater expectations as I sent off my competition entries. Naturally, this made getting the "sorry" letters and emails a bigger let-down than usual. And as things go, after my upswing, came a downswing. I got more rejection letters than acceptances.
So what is one to do? I love this Alice Walker quote, "Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise." I should put this on every prospectus that comes my way. I should prepare my images, fill out my forms, send my entry fees, and as I hit send or mail my envelope say "expect nothing." I want to "live frugally on surprise."
If I could reign in my expectations to the things I have control over, like what goes on at the end of my paintbrush and what I put on my sheet of paper, I'd have more energy for the creating.