Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Ups and Downs of being a Artist ...

 As an a Artist it's always a joy for me to see other artist succeed in their own art career. To be honest sometimes I'm a little jealous. For example, Kelly Rae Roberts has just introduced a brand new art and home decor line with Creative Co-Op. You have got to check out her blog to see all the pictures of all the new products. While reading the post last week I felt excited and a little depressed. Excited for Kelly and happy  to know that art can displayed and made into such things as furniture and lamps but, depressed and fearful asking myself will that ever be me?

 A few weeks ago I submitted some artwork to be review for a Artist Reception but, was denied. The reason "even though we feel your art is cool, it wont be the best fit at this time"  This was a big blow for me. Sometimes when I'm denied I cant help but to fear those dreadful words " Am I good enough?" Then all that follows that : Maybe this art thang isn't going to go anywhere? Will I ever reach theses far fetch goals I set for myself ? Am I just fooling myself into thinking that I'm a Artist? 

To put your art out there to be judged is hard for anyone. It's really hard to be rejected. I know that I'm a new artist and there are things that I have yet to learn about this Art Thang. I  know that as a new emerging artist I'm not going to get everything that I apply for. I know that but, I'm still a little depressed about the whole thing. I just want a chance. A chance to show this world what I have to offer that's all. So, It's hard to hear " No, not at this time"

Don't get me wrong I am proud of myself for what I have accomplished. I have only been doing this a little over a year but I want to continue to push myself to do more. I'm always trying to find ways to get my work seen. It just hurts sometimes when there is a stumbling block put in the walk way.

So,...... after I get over this hump that I'm in....... I'll continue to sketch, paint, research companies and apply, apply, apply. I am determined to have this creative career that I've always wanted. I'll continued to email companies even if I never get a response, I'll also continue to buy books and read blog to give me  the encouragement I need to continue to be creative. I'll continue to strive to be who I am "ARTISTICALLY URBAN"   


Veronika said...

I can completely understand how you feel, it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there knowing that you might get rejected. But one thing I always try to remember is that regardless of what you're offering (your art, maybe a book you wrote or maybe even the skills you have to apply for any job) is that none of us are ever going to be able to be a right fit for everyone. Or like with blogs, some people will like it and keep coming back to read it because they can really connect with what you're writing about and some won't and will go off looking for something else. And that's absolutely fine because when you reach the audience who likes what you've got to offer you know that they truly understand and connect with your art. And there's no better feeling then when that happens :)
Keep going Trena, you will find the right people, you just need to find them :)

Robin Norgren said...

so so good to read this! be encouraged my friend-your work is deep and soulful and one day soon...