Thanks Henry, Nath, Uschi, Sharla, Ruth, Lulu, JJ, Tomt, Katherine, Suzanne and Mary. I appreciate your taking the time to look in and comment about these few bits of paint and paper.
I complained to the Show Sponsors. Not because my work was rejected per se. But because it was rejected when they could not actually see the depth of colour and value. I have suggested that the jurying be done as a two-step process. Online entries as the first step, with those accepted to be selected for exhibition after viewing in real life. They've taken my suggestion seriously, so we'll see what we see.
Nath, I must tell you that I'm fascinated by the beauty, details and colour of bugs!
Uschi, the pen and ink was a lot of fun, but it did get pretty monotonous to detail all those membranes.
Lulu, I did give in to the masking fluid... and, shhhh... don't tell anyone, but I enjoyed the result...
Suzanne, I fear that our local jurors are trying to slot me into still lifes only... over the past few years, that's all they've been accepting. It's frustrating, but I soldier on.
And yes, the sting of rejection doesn't last long. I have thick skin and I know that jurors select paintings subjectively. I did ask about the rejection and was told that "it wasn't my strongest work". It's a canned response and means absolutely nothing coming from someone who's never met me.