01 February 2008

Up For Review...

January was a good month for my productivity. I managed to get a lot done, painting wise that is.

This week I started the painful, soul crushing task of submitting my work to galleries for review. Having been on the gallery end of the review process for many years, I know what to expect. No, no, no, no thank you, no, no and don't call back, no, hell no, WTF? NO, no, not now, now, no but thanks anyway, no, no, no.....

I know that I'm not the most talented of painters. I also know that talent is only part of what it takes. Most often it's about timing. It's being able to live with all of the rejection and to keep going. There is a space for most everything. It's finding that space and convincing them that you are the right person to fill it.

There is something new I'm finding with a good number of galleries. They want to be paid to review work. Up to $100 per submission. WTH? It's brilliant! I wish I had thought of it. In fact, I may start charging at my gallery for submissions. It has to seriously cut down the number of weekend dabblers that submit work.

The submission process is a long one. Most galleries take between one and four months to review your work. Of course they want to see what's available. How do I know what I will have in four months. Do they expect me to hold it back and not try to sell it else where while they decide? It's crazy.


Here are four new works I painted yesterday.

Chadette No 64, 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas.

Chadette No 63, 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas.

Chadette No 62, 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas.

Chadette No 61, 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas.

2008 will be the year of the Chadette. Let the rejections begin! I can take it.


Sheree Rensel said...

Yes it is crazy. In fact, it is idiotic. We do it though. I wonder why? William this post is very timely. I just posted a video about REJECTION on my blog. HA!! I think we can all relate! Good to hear you are at least alive and well! :-)
Here is my February 1, 2008 REJECTION blog post called "Hair of the Dog":

eclectic said...

Rejection, failure... every successful person has met with it. Continue to live, love and create... the pieces fall together if you're paying attention.