Well..... I received the email yesterday that said my submission was declined. This is the first time I have experienced this and I must say that I am just fine. :)
As I thought about it, I realized that my paintings were in all honesty... not what they were looking for. I think I needed to have something a bit more edgy. I don't think any of my paintings are what you would call edgy. I like edgy, and I'm going to do some thinking about it.
In the meantime.... there will be a lot more shows and a lot more opportunities to submit my work into shows. A while ago, a good friend and fellow artist said that getting rejected by a jury does not mean your paintings/ability isn't up to par... it just means that it is not what they were looking for. That was good advice. It can be difficult for an artist to deal with rejection because usually we are putting our heart and soul onto canvas. Each painting is very personal, and a lot of who you are, is in the painting.
Anyways.... I am looking forward to eventually, one day.... having a painting or two hanging in that beautiful gallery on Granville Island.