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I recently put together a set of 18 of these environmental tree portraits. The set was rejected by one organisation and enthusiastically accepted for exhibition by another.
Who is right???
Rejection is part of art making so this was not entirely unexpected. It is however a bit harder to take when you put a huge amount of work into a project and the reasons for the rejection are unclear.
The question is “now what do I do”. To achieve success sometimes you need to tick the boxes and follow the rules – even though often no one will actually tell you what the rules are. I saw the successful entries and they clearly followed a “client brief” that is not mentioned in the submission guidelines. Some wonderful work was accepted.
So what now? – I am left with two options. Do I walk away and tell myself that the ” judges” will not consider something that is different to their norm, or do I submit work that follows their rules?
The bottom line remains that in spite of not being successful I have made work that I am extremely pleased with and proud of.
In the mean time “The Nature of Trees” will be included in the 2013 exhibition schedule at the Down by the Liffey Art Gallery just out of Christchurch. I'll let you know when and you can come and judge for yourself.