Friday, 7 October 2011

Down but (hopefully) not out

Well, I've been ill with a virus for the last month or so and am still trying to shake the darn thing off. I suppose that dampens the spirits somewhat. Not being able to paint has been a frustration too and I wasn't fit enough to get anything entered for the Bath Prize. Disappointingly, I've also just found out all 4 entries I put in for the New English Art Club's annual open weren't accepted. Bit of a blow that one. The entries are shown below:







The seascape (Porthchapel cove, Cornwall) is an acrylic, a plein air piece with a touch of studio tweaking done on paper with a canvas texture. The rest are all oil 'plein airs' but the Oxford one needed a bit of studio attention to tidy it up too.

It does knock the confidence a bit but there's no doubt there's stiff competition when entering these things. I suppose that's the problem when you don't get in....you're left wondering 'why?'. As artists we have to take setbacks on the chin and press on regardless, otherwise we'd just grind to a halt I suppose. Maybe the answer is to get straight back on the horse....or should we invest energy in taking stock and reflecting on these things? Onwards and....well...onwards anyway :O)

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  1. David,
    First I'm so sorry that you have been ill all this time. That is terrible. Hope you are feeling much better soon. Secondly about the show, you must take that with a grain of salt. I know so many artists who had there work rejected from one show only to get into an even better show with the same work and win prizes in that show. Its impossible to know what any given judge will be looking for. There are also other factors that sometimes figure into who gets selected to a show besides the quality of the art. I think the disapointment factors in when you know (which you do) that your work is good enough to be in the show. These paintings are fantastic, don't give up on them.
    Doug

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  2. Thanks Douglas...much appreciated :o) I think you're quite right about the entries. There's just know way of knowing why work doesn't get in and it's probably not a good use of energy to speculate. As you say, there could be all sorts of factors involved. I think if you've done your best with the work and presented it well enough (and according to any terms/conditions) you can't really ask for much more than that really. Thanks for your kind words. I'll just have to dust myself off and get back in the saddle :o)

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  3. Hi David, yeah I know the feeling. I put my two best pics of the year into the NEAC... and neither were selected. Look at the numbers though, there were 1,000 submitted and only 100 chosen, so 1 in 10. Quite long odds! Let's give it another go next year!

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  4. Thanks Ian. Sorry to hear you didn't have much luck either but it's good that you're up for another go next year. You should try the ROI as a lot of you work is oil based (and is very good too!). I'll definitely be submitting. Looking at numbers, it appears the RBA took about 140 or so pieces for the 2011 show. I don't know if there's a cap on the number of pieces that can be accepted. Just have to make sure we put our best in and keep our fingers crossed I guess :o)

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  5. Hey, hope you are feeling better by now. I was in a bookstore here in Fort Worth and was surprised to find that they had received some copies of The Artist that you and your Plein Air Brotherhood are in. So, of course I bought one. It is really great. I'd looked for it before, I don't know why they got them in but I'm glad they did.
    Doug

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  6. That's great to hear, thanks Douglas. Funny how some copies found their way over to your local book store! We get 'International Artist' in the shops over here but really that's about it for overseas art magazines. Anything else has to be ordered specially. Pleased you enjoyed reading it. Roy Connelly did a great job putting the article together and it was really good to have it published when the exhibition was on. Starting to feel a bit better now thanks, yes. Hopefully that's the back of it now. How's your stuff going?

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  7. There are many great American art magazines but I don't think we usually receive foreign magazines,so I was really pleased when I found that one.
    My day job is a teacher. I love to paint and am always working on it but I'm really a sculptor. I have my art in about eight galleries in Texas and the western states as well as a few other venues like high end antique stores. How is the art market there? Our economy is not good as you have probably heard, but I've had one of my best years so far and sales usually get even better before Christmas. Do you sell your work in galleries, shows, or both? Do you advertise at all, besides these great articles? I have done a bit with mixed results so far.
    Doug

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  8. Thanks Douglas. You've done well to get your work into 8 galleries! Great to hear you're bucking the economic trend with some healthy sales too. It's pretty much the same over here with an economic downturn that's making things tricky. I've not really done any advertising though. Perhaps that's something I should be considering. Food for thought!

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  9. David - these things happen.

    However a timeout - enforced or otherwise - often provides a valuable opportunity to reappraise what you're doing. I've seen a lot of people do much better after they've had a bit of a break.

    Did you try for the Marine Artists this year?

    Did you see my blog post about Which art society exhibition sells the most works of art? http://makingamark.blogspot.com/2011/10/which-art-society-exhibition-sells-most.html

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  10. Thanks Katherine. Yes I agree, a timeout can be a good thing....even if it's not a planned one. I managed to have a few days break on the Norfolk coast last week and was able to get out with the easel. Having re-filled the tank to an extent it felt good to be tapping into all that painting energy :o) I'll try and post up some shots this week. I didn't make the RSMA but know a few artists that did. Your posts on this year's show were very interesting. I was intrigued that although it's one of the smaller societies it seems to sell quite well (third in the list I seem to recall). I've sold a number of times at the ROI and on the whole they've tended to be smaller pieces, often plein air work. That said, I still might be tempted to put something a bit bigger in this year!

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