Exhibitions and resilience building…

Although it has been some months since my last diary update, life as an artist just gets busier.  Painting is my joy however there are all the other aspects that go with the the territory; preparing for and entering exhibitions, tracking paintings and timeframes, deliveries, pick ups are all part of what is required and yet at the same time managing your energy and emotions in the process.   While you may be selected for some exhibitions, then there are the rejections and if there is one thing you need as an artist apart from persistence, is resilience.

Flicking through the Sunday papers this weekend, I was interested to read an article about Tom Keneally on donating his personal library of 2,500 books to the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (The Sun-Herald page 18).  Apparently the publication of his first novel “The Place at Whitton” supposedly “saved his life”.  Keneally is quoted as saying “I think if that book hadn’t been published I might have become a psychiatric patient or a drunk or a homeless person in time.”  Whether a painter, writer, musician or any creative artist, the moment you put yourself and your work (not always easy to separate!) out in the public arena, then it is a real test of your resilience in the face of rejection.  

In my case, I will continue to paint, to develop my skills, build my resilience and for those exhibitions I have missed out on, will have another attempt next year!