Every once in awhile I enter my work in some sort of competition or participate in a show that gives out awards and prize money. In each case I am pretty sure my work is worthy of a win. I am hopeful and confident. But, I’ve only had my work recognized once in that type of contest and that was a long time ago. I’ve been a ‘loser’ ever since.
Each time it’s a let down and reminds me that I don’t like that feeling. So why keep putting myself in that situation? I have this quote of Eleanor Roosevelt tacked up in my studio.
Part of my work is to try new endeavors and it includes showing my art to new and different audiences. Maybe the original goal of winning the prize is not accomplished each time I venture outside my comfort zone, but inevitably the experience teaches me and leads to something I wasn’t expecting.
That's my positive spin.