“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.”—Neil Gaiman’s advice to young people embarking upon a career in the arts.
Most of my current work centers around this representative goddess figure in various forms. She is the central focus of attention, one, standing alone, strong, proud. The textures and layers indicate her complexity. She perfectly fits for the theme of “one” this month for the Creative Every Day Challenge. (Mixed media, paper collage, 3-D acrylic paint, on 8 x 10 canvas.)
My 12-year-old son provided me with a tasty bit of art this Mother’s Day weekend. He created these beautiful treats in his after-school program. He loves to cook. I’ve been feeding his interest. I get so much joy in encouraging him in anything he takes interest in. I must say that he is the greatest creation that I’ve had a hand in. So thankful for my lovely boy.
I recently did more work on this 8 x10 mixed media collage on canvas. It’s called “Entry.” Originally, I created it while contemplating entering it in a juried show at an art venue that has rejected every single entry I’ve offered for shows over several years. I don’t have the stomach to send in another entry to receive yet another form rejection letter from that particular venue.
I know that rejection is part of the risk we take as artists, but I can only stomach it in small doses over long periods of time. So I just used the theme of the show to inspire this piece—just for me, just for the sake of creating.
Isn’t it interesting that no matter how many times we are accepted, which has been the case for me this year with three show, it’s the rejections that stay with us? Each one seems to join forces with that little critic that always whispers over the shoulder things like, “Why are you using that color?” “Do you really think this subject matter is interesting?” “Do you even know what the hell you’re doing?”
I’d love to hear how you deal with rejection. Does it freeze you in your tracks? Does it piss you off and fire you up? Let me know.