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)