Tuesday, May 31, 2011


The world is coming to an end!
I feel so worthless!
My stuff sucks!
All this and more went through my head the first time I was rejected from a show.
An art show that is.
If you've been following along at home, you, the reader, may remember that I made a couple of doodads to submit into this year's Artist of Hawaii show.
Well, the two thingys didn't go over so well and I was rejected.
Actually it was some time ago, I just sort of forgot about it.
Don't remember?
I wrote about it here.
Now I have to admit, those two thingys were not my best effort, I waited until the last possible week to work on them and I hadn't really thought them out.
Yeah, I know, excuses, excuses.
I got a million of em!
Art major don't you know.
So anyways, rejection is not so bad when you know it wasn't your best stuff and your heart wasn't really in it.
Now if I had slaved and labored for weeks, eyeballing it and doing several variations of a theme and actually making several different forms, then my soul might have been crushed.
Let's face it though, that's nothing new; my soul gets crushed each time I go out and ride my bike so I'm pretty much used to it.
Besides, the Artists of Hawaii show has rejected me like five times now, so it's sort of like deja vu.
The important things about these shows is that you keep sending your work out there, for folks to either fawn over or trample on.
I mean having your family tell you how cool your stuff looks is okay, but let's face it, it's like kissing your sister.
If you know what I mean.
It helps to remember that not everyone is going to like your work all the time.
It would be great if I made fantastic stuff all the time, but as you can see, there are some times when I drop the ball.
Okay, I drop the ball a lot.
Like most of time.
There are some folks who would say that showing your work is all about ego and selling out, but for me, it's all about ego and selling out.
Okay, not really.
I mean I enjoy seeing my work under the bright lights, but I don't enjoy promoting myself or hanging around "that" crowd.
Most artist folk take their work and themselves, in my opinion, way too seriously.
Too much worrying about making a statement and not enough worrying about making stuff that just looks good.
Well okay, I make some stuff that doesn't look good, hence my rejection, but at least I try because say it with me: image is everything.
Or something like that.
Anyways, I brought this all up for there's another couple of shows coming up and since I got all this spare time it's time to get on it and start working on some new stuff.
I'm going to stay with the space vessels for a bit and see what happens.
I must hone my Jedi skilz!
There's also another craft fair thingy so I better get going.
Hopefully some interesting stuff comes out of me this summer.


John Romeo Alpha said...

Maybe some Russian spacecraft? Like Soyuz 19, that almost looks like it came from your studio:

theflattire said...

That might make a nice coffee mug!
Or something.