I got slapped down and rejected by an art gallery! Ouch! It hurts. So what do I do now?
Yes, I approached an art gallery by e-mail and since it wasn’t in the area I could not visit it in person. I am the type who just jumps in and I don’t know if this is a blessing or a curse. It can be both. It just depends on the outcome. This art gallery had been referred to me and I believe that when an opportunity crosses your path that you should take it. I did some research but you can only do so much research on something you have never done before. So I jumped in. There is nothing like real experience to learn from and, hey, if it doesn’t work out you still gained knowledge. I looked up the art gallery online and it seemed to be a good fit for my art, Contemporary Realism and Abstract, so I e-mailed the owner. I inquired about representation with a nice e-mail using her name (not generic) and sent her a link to my web site. The response I got back was not the one I wanted. She told me that she did not think my art was a good fit for her gallery. Remember I said there is always a lesson to be learned from any experience (that includes rejections), so I responded by asking “why?” So she told me. My web site was confusing because there is too much variety and her advice was to “homogenize” my web site. She said more but this was the gist of it. I do like to paint a variety of subjects and I have been told before to narrow it down to a certain style and/or subject matter. I think this is good advice. As an artist we need to know when to listen to other professionals in the art business and when to listen to our own creative souls.
I survived this rejection and I gained invaluable knowledge and I didn’t shrivel up and die. So my advice to other artists or anyone pursuing their dream is to go out there and take those risks. Learn from them and let those rejections make you strive harder.
Peace and be well on your journey…