Oh the agony we go through for a deadline! Almost every artist I talked to about the Melvin Gallery show for the Lakeland Art Guild was torturing themselves about what to enter, composition, color, details! And that is not even considering framing, the most challenging of all challenges.
Don't let art competitions rob you of the joy of painting, someone said. Artists have to develop thick skins, many other someones said. It all depends on the judge, someone else said. I agree with them! There were many stunning paintings entered for the 2018 show. I did not have time to see them all and study them.
Every artist got to enter three paintings to be juried. An agony to pick just the right three. Have them ready to hang and dry. But some of us did it, we met the deadline. Thank heavens! But I knew I had to attend the critique because I knew I was going to have a reject painting or two.
And I was right, no surprise there. I almost didn't go because of my work schedule. I almost did not enter Sunshine Lake. I wasn't sure if it was finished or not. It didn't have a name. I didn't know how much it was. However, I had the foresight to get it framed months before, just in case.
But it is finished, juried into the art show and recipient of my first Merit Award. Wow! What a surprise! Thanks all!