charcoal and white pastel
19" x 25"
I won't belabour the point as I've had my rant over on Facebook about the vaguaries of criteria for acceptance and rejection of art in juried competition. This piece was submitted and rejected to a juried competition. That's fine. No problem. My ticked box on the application form asked for adjudicator comments, in my hope that I would receive something that would help me in the future if the piece was rejected. The note that was sent with my rejection letter told me that I can draw well, create great atmosphere, but I need to add colour and broaden my composition.
Hello...there was no colour because that was the purpose of the piece. NO COLOUR. So the feedback is basically telling me, yes, you can draw well and create a scene, but we'd really prefer you made it in colour and choose a different composition. ie it would have been better if I hadn't done it at all or done it to someone else's criteria. I was asked for and included an artist statement. I guess they never read that as it may have given a little insight into my work and its theme of fish. These comments weren't telling me why the piece was rejected, or how I could improve it technically. I see these as comments from a group/individuals personal preferences in art and how they would prefer to see the piece if they had created it.
So I'm left shaking my head and mentally ensuring that I don't enter that competition again. I should have learned after the rules were changed the other year where a piece must be hidden from the world before being entered.
I don't mind having work rejected, in fact I expect it, as not all work suits all exhibitions and my piscean creations aren't everyone's cup of tea, nor is representational art. My problem is with the criteria, or what seems to be lack of, in both the ability of judges to choose work objectively and to respond, if required, with comments that can assist an artist to grow. I'm likely flogging a dead horse to rail at it from time to time, but I will continue to do so.
Now on to a lighter note...if you subscribe to my newsletter, you will know that I am having a contest until the end of February with a prize of an original portrait. However, I thought I'd share it here as well. Details of how to take part are below.
This contest gives you a chance to win an 8 x 10 original portrait. The portrait can be of you, a friend or family member or a pet. I will choose the medium and the winning name will be drawn on March 1st.
The pieces shown here are drawn in charcoal. Your portrait may be in charcoal, graphite, or coloured pencil. Perhaps painted. Its all part of the surprise...
There are several ways to win.
1. I will have a contest post on my Facebook page. Join my Facebook page
(you need to click 'Like') and let me know why you want to win a portrait.
2. Become a subscriber to my newsletter. Current subscribers and those added up until February 28 will be included in the draw. You can join in the link on the sidebar to the right here.
3. Send me an email between February 15 and 28 and tell me why you would like a portrait and of who.
The winner's name will be announced in the March newsletter.