I have a sort of love/hate relationship with showing my work. On the one hand I know that it is important for exposure and for the possibility of a few sales, and it lets me know how my work stands up among others so that I can see it with fresh eyes in a different setting and thereby judge whether I am really happy with what I'm doing. But on the other hand I would much rather stay in the studio and concentrate on developing my newer projects - because the fact is, that when I am in shows I am mostly too distracted and restless to paint successfully and I really miss my quiet times in the studio with just me, the canvas, the colours and the music playing softly in the background; there I'm in a totally different world where nothing else matters and all other worries and concerns disappear completely, at least for a while.
The two photos above is from the annual "Oil and Water" juried show at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen, where I was pleased to have all my three submissions accepted and hung really well - the two red ones are on the "best" wall facing the entrance door to the main gallery and are very visible when you first come in, while the smaller blue one also has a good spot. It is an excellent show with entrants from a large area and is well worth a visit; it continues till June 25.
And personally I certainly can't complain: I have had a lot of positive feedback about my work from this local show as well as from the one at the Fort Gallery in March; my self portrait in the collaborative project in May was also very well received. But juried shows are really tricky in that you do not know what the jurors are looking for, what their personal taste is and how on earth they decide on who to include, who not - and who gets the awards. So it is a bit like a lottery where sometimes you win and sometimes you don't - and one must remember that it doesn't really say anything about the quality of your work; it actually says more about the particular jurors - but having said that it must be a very difficult job and I admire them for taking it on.
So to all the jurors out there: Thank You!