Lubbock is home to The Buddy Holly Museum which has juried art shows and occasional invitational shows. I had the pleasure of getting into one in 2013 and actually getting first place. But then you know how are judges are. If it had been a male judge there is no way he would have picked mine. But I must admit it was a huge boost to my confidence level at the time.
But confidence never lasts long it seems. This month an invitational show (anyone could participate) with the theme The Semi-Arid Landscape would be on exhibit. The day before the email deadline I finally checked to see if they were full and promptly emailed in a photo with dimensions and price attached.
By the time I got around to printing and framing self-doubt had crept in. Whenever I talked about it to others I was fighting hard not to make excuses for it. I had done a black and white version edited in Stackables because I only had my iPhone with me when I had taken this photo. My print was 'ok' but I was wishing I had done it in color. Oh well, too late.
Friday night we went to the opening…. My photo was first one on the right as you walked through the door. Meaning it would also be the last one you see as you leave. I thought that was nice. It was grouped with three other black and white photos that complimented each other nicely. The show was good. It included all media, from painting, drawing, to mixed media collage.
The day after the show I had a message from a fellow photographer, David Pike, whose work I believe is fabulous. He said mine was in his top five favorites and wanted to buy a print for his friend that loved it. David said he is an aspiring photographer and is trying to encourage him to enter some shows.
Well, how do I feel about my photo now? Better than I did before. It always helps to know someone else likes your work. The self critic really needs to take a back seat more often.
"Tangled Boundries" (Stackables, birds are real, added in Superimpose)
One of my creative friends, Michelle at Knee Deep in Dandelions has written some great words of wisdom on sharing your art with the world. So I (and she) encourage you to put yourself out there.
Linking up with Kim for Texture Tuesday. It's about texture…