What I learned from rejection was a great lesson. It can be difficult to look at yourself honestly. As an artist I pride myself on being a nonconformist however this can also be a deterrent
in business. If you are painting and creating only for pleasure, then go ahead and paint whatever you like. If you are painting and creating so that you can make a living off of it, then you need to conform to some rules. Period.
Art galleries and art collectors want to be able to identify your work. They want to look at a piece and know that you are the artist who
created it. When I look at a Monet I can identify his style with his colors and impressionistic brushstrokes. Claude Monet also repeated his subject matter. How many haystacks did he paint? Lots and lots of that same haystack in different lighting. So as an artist I want to repeat my subject matter. That is something that I learned from rejection.
I was told by an art gallery owner that my variety of work is confusing. She is a very successful business owner so I should listen. I am approaching my art now as a business and not simply as a creative indulgence. I think the hardest lessons to be learned are the ones that cut into your core. Rejection is never easy when you care about something. However, if you step back and look and listen to what you are being told you can gain incredible insight and knowledge towards achieving your goal. I know that I have. This was a great lesson and I am thankful this gallery owner took the time to say this to me.
So what did I learn from this rejection? I learned that I need to focus on one thing. I need to find a single subject matter to paint and I need to stick with it and paint it in the best way I can. Period.