I haven't kept my New Year's resolution to blog more. Why is that???
It's not because I'm cleaning house...hahaha
A friend and I also made the resolution that we were going to enter photography contests.
This is a huge step for me, for us. Yes, I sell my photos on Etsy and Fine Art American, but no one can see me. No one can critique my pieces, right in my face. No one can say (they may say it, but I don't hear it) that they don't like it. I also have a delete feature, so if they would post a negative comment, I can simply delete it.
There is also the stigma of entering and not being accepted. My friend and I have established ground rules about this. We both submit work. If one is accepted and the other one isn't, the one that isn't accepted must attend the show in support of the one that was accepted. If asked, the one not accepted "lies" and responds that she didn't enter...hahaha We want to support each other, but without embarrassment for not being accepted. Yes...silly, but I still have ego at my advanced age. hahaha
There are rules to follow when entering a juried show. I'm not familiar with all the terms and the technology involved with entry submission. I'm learning as I go.
I had to come up with an Artist Statement, Artist Bio and Artist Resume.
How do you created this when the most important factor is that it's fun.
Yep...I figured the "fun" part was the truth and made that the start of my statement.
Then, after all that, we had to find shows...a search for "calls".
Our first venture was successful. We both were accepted...whew!!!
The photo, below, was accepted. Cades Cove Church.
The next step was to get them matted and framed according to the instructions and then came the pricing???
I don't know how to price things for a show. For Etsy and FAA, it's easy. I just did a comparison of other photographers work. But for a show??? I looked at last years entries and again did a comparison and went from there.
This one was also accepted. Boondocks.
It's different, I did quite a lot of post editing on this photo. I had a good feeling about this entry because it is different.
The one below was not accepted.
What's funny is that this is one of my personal favorites???
Everybody loves elephants don't they???
I showed horses for years and years and the judging is very subjective, so I thought this would be no big deal. I must admit that when showing a horse and you don't win, you can always blame the horse...hahaha!
The show is this-coming Friday night.
All that's left is to figure out what to wear and do my nails...