Monthly Archives: February 2012

Juried Exhibitions

I used to apply at juried exhibitions periodically.  Most of the time, however, I get rejected.  I have tried to look at my work objectively to see why.

I am aware that juried shows are subjective but I also need to be honest about my work.  Is my art so bad that it gets nixed by curators almost all of the time?  Would I change my style or concentrate on one theme to get in at galleries?  Should I do shocking work to catch the attention of jurors and curators?  Will doing any of that make me happy?  The simple answer is no.  I like what I do.  I try to improve my craft by taking art workshops occasionally but my style is more or less unaffected. And as much as I’d like to exhibit and sell, I am just not willing to create art which doesn’t come from the heart – my heart.

Do I Want to Exhibit?

Of course, every artist wants to exhibit his or her artwork.  But I am no longer keen about getting to exhibit in galleries.  A male artist I met did not seem to care much about it.  I asked him how he sells his paintings and he said nonchalantly, “Just by word of mouth.”  True, not many artists actually sell during an exhibition but I was touched by his attitude.  He was more animated talking about what paints he uses than where or if he sells his work.  A purist, I thought.

Belated News: December 2011 Awards

My painting “The Winding Road” placed first in Best-of-the-Rest for December 2011 at Barebrush Gallery; “Trapped” took third place in December’s Favorite Nude of the Month!  Not a bad way to start the New Year!

The Winding Road