Entering Online Shows and Dealing with Rejection

Aug 5, 2020

During a recent painting session, I listened to an interview I with portrait artist, Shana Levenson. One of the pieces of advice that Shana offered really jumped out at me.

“The one thing I would say to [less experienced] artists is to not keep yourself hidden.” Her advice is to enter competitions and learn to deal with the rejection on the way to getting accepted.

When you’re told ‘no,’ keep going forward, keep putting your work out there, keep entering over and over. There will be a day when it happens. Perseverance is the only way you make it as a painter. After I get rejected, I give myself a day and then I go back to the easel and say, ‘I’m going to get better.’

To get started entering competitions, Shana suggests that you enter small shows at first. Because of COVID, there are many online opportunities to show your work, here are some places to look for online shows and contests:

To hear the full interview, visit SavvyPainter.com.

Shana Levenson

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