mentorship. This means something I am doing has real value. How can I be downcast when I am living a dream life in so many ways? Rejections merely push me to work harder and better. That is a gift too.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Dealing with disappointments
Now is not the time to allow set backs to interfere with what is otherwise an upward focusing frame of mind. I have been turned down for the artist-in-residence position at Painters at Painters Lodge, and today received my rejection letter from the Canada Council regarding my grant application. I am still not considered on the level of the top echelon of artists. That is probably an accurate accounting of my abilities in some ways. In other ways I feel there is an oversight on the part of the jury committees. I am shooting fairly high these days so have to expect some fizzling out sometimes. I am noticing almost a plethora of amazingly talented artists across the planet. No one promised that the reach would be easy or that being seen in the crowd would come to pass. It is time to remember the people who have given encouragement and a vote of confidence through the purchase of my work and the students who seek my knowledge and