How Lucky am I?
Weekly Report 3/27 to 4/3
I couple weeks ago I submitted an application to the Visuals Arts Guild of Frisco for an art show, “Celebration of Life”. I submitted four of my one hundred paintings, and, to my surprise, I was accepted. As much as I am proud of my accomplishment, I am not sure if I was simply lucky.
I mention this because I have never had to much success in regards to art shows. For example: three out of four has been my highest score in our district’s art competition, VASE. Three is a fine score, but most of my peers have had fours consistently. So I ask, why did I make it into this show? Admittedly, it could be because I have improved massively this year. However, I am unsure if that is the case. What if it was just luck? Ms. Vernon said it could be the case. Many great artists are constantly rejected, but some are lucky enough to get into many shows. The only way to find out would be to apply to more shows, which I am still working on. It seems stagnancy will be harder to overcome than I had anticipated. Nevertheless, my success could also be attributed to persuasion. My mentor and a few professionals at the business symposium have mentioned that I sell myself well. My successful application might as well prove that they are right. Whatever the case may be, I will take this as a sign of improvement.
Improvement, however, seems to best spawn from failure. It engenders reflection and it can motivate people to do much more than success ever could. Of course this does not mean I will not learn anything during the art show; the show will teach me a great deal about art shows in general and it will prepare me for future events of the sort. I mention failure because I am somewhat unsure of how failure will impact me. I cannot be sure if I will give up because of failure or if I will grow because of it.
There is now perfect way to predict my response, but it does not matter either way. I want to improve. I want to overcome any obstacles that I am forced to face. I want paint. Painting is my passion and not matter what I will want to continue painting. My response to failure does not matter because I want to paint; the only way to do that is to overcome failure. And that is exactly what I plan to do.