Sunday, June 13, 2010
Rejections as a Part of the Art Process and How the Artist Handles it
Today looks like a beautiful day, the sun is shinning, New Mexico "blue sky dreaming." Today I will meet friends in Santa Fe for lunch and we will go to some galleries.
I asked Jean Myers, of Artit, the question about rejections as a part of the art process and how she handled them and she said, "...I've come to the conclusion after many years that it is more of a matter of taste and what the public is in the mood for. I do believe gallery owners are people who love art and want to be in the business of offering the world what they love to others, but it is a business and we all have different tastes--what I would put in my home may not be what you would like to live with everyday--so when a gallery says no thank-you to my work, then I smile and move on. What I want is a good fit with a gallery. An owner who loves my work and who has clients that love the type of work i do. That's what I call a good fit and this is what I'm searching for. I think if I am vigilant, I will find that perfect fit and until then?"
About rejection in general, "It's a part of life and it's one of the roads we follow our whole life and it teaches us to become the unique individual we are by standing strong in ourselves and knowing we are "enough". We are not meant to fit into every nook an crannie."
In the meantime I will keep working because it's what I love to do.
Thank you Jean for such a thoughtful statement and for allowing me to post this beautiful detail of one of your beautiful paintings. As Marge Piercy says in her poem, For the Young Who Want to Be," we have to like it better than being loved."
We are so lucky that we are able to do what we love. You can't be an artist without your share of rejections. Of course it feels best to be accepted, but you never fail unless you quit. I've always thought, when we allow others to open their mouths and speak to us about our work, we find out what they do not know. It is important to learn to nurture yourself, after all no one else is going to do it for you, it's not their job. So we are collecting our rejects to acceptance, with each reject we are one step closer to acceptance.