Thursday, September 13, 2007

Rejection...and success!

I believe that rejection eventually leads to success. The key is to keep going, keep evaluating your work, keep creating, keep entering those exhibitions or contacting those galleries. I think resilience is one of the key characteristics of successful artists.

After receiving three rejection letters last month, I was accepted into the Aqueous International. The Aqueous is held by the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and was juried by Eric Weigardt, a nationally-known watercolorist and teacher.
Above is the painting "Little to Say" that was accepted into the show. It will be at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Nov. 16 to Jan 20.


JorisDR said...

It was a good choice to keep the hair like its now.
real great work.
The only thing I could say
is that the colors on the background are just a bit to noisy(to my opinion)

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Congratulation's on your acceptance. I am familiar with Eric Weigardt's work as he is from the Pacific Northwest also.

Yoour "Little to Say" painting says a lot. The hair and coloring through-out is exquisite.

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Hello Joris and Nancy,
Thank you for the feedback on the painting. Good comment, Joris. You could be right about the background needing to be more muted. I'll take another critical look at it before I have it framed.

Gel said...

Mazel Tov (congrads) on your acceptance by such a respected and well-known juror!
Yes, perseverance is the key. What is rejected in one or more juried shows is often accepted in another.

I'm here via Alison's art biz blog. I clicked on links and thoroughly enjoyed looking at your website. (I soaked up the visuals in the entire site.)

I'm an artist but not a watercolorist. I adore your palette choice of colors. They are vibrant and augment the peronality of the pets or people you paint. I also use purple or unusual colors in my painting process.

The figurative series I see here is intriguing. Nice movement and line, besides color! I don't have any pet portraits on my blog site at the moment, but I totally agree with you about photographing the subjects ourselves. That is how I feel a strong connection to my human or animal subjects and get to know each one as an individual personality, besides the obvious needed photographs.

Beautiful work!

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Thank for your comments. I ended up at your blog and had a great time perusing your paintings. I expecially liked "Blogeeshoes." Nice work!