Jealousy At The Art Show…and Beyond

(NOTE: Me and a few of my art friends are currently participating in a long Facebook thread about how we handle criticism of our art. It has been both fun and informative. It made me think about a blog I wrote and published a few years back about jealousy in the art world. Yes, Friends, it exists!)

I’m sad to say that I heard jealously in the extreme at the art show I entered this weekend. That is so wrong! It has continued over the past few days right here in my little studio. Oh, no, not from other artists or friends….no, no, no….but from my three other paintings I entered in the show. You see, only one of my four paintings won a ribbon; the other three did not. The complaints of the three losers have been aggravated by the ongoing, smug attitude of the painting that won a ribbon, “Southwestern Kitsch”.

First Honorable Mention, Professional Division (Acrylic or Oil Category)

Sibling rivalry is never pretty and often unreasonable. I’ve tried to explain to the other three paintings that there will always be another show to enter; art is subjective; judges are only human; “Southwestern Kitsch” was smaller and thereby garnered sympathy; but no….the whining continues. I’m going to put the “winner” in my art closet, turn off the light, and shut the door. Maybe that will help. We’ll see. If the “losers” continue to whine they will go into the other art closet, lights out, door shut.

As for me, the artist, I appreciate the ribbon…..and don’t play favorites; I liked all my entries. There was a lot of very beautiful art at the show and I’m grateful for the recognition. Now the painting qualifies to compete in the Lone Star Art Guild annual convention at the Woodlands Waterway Hotel and Convention Center in the summer in The Woodlands, Texas. PLEASE keep that quiet or the whining and bragging will start all over again.

On a happier note, before the art show started my husband, daughter and I enjoyed a picnic outside the venue, under the trees and next to the tennis courts there at Kingwood Country club . Tennis was my obsession for over twenty-five years at that club. Ladies were playing right on the other side of a very high fence. I had just commented to David and Karen, that “Good tennis players rarely hit a ball over the fence”, when a ball came flying over the fence and bounced off my head. No kidding! (Not to worry…it had bounced once….and didn’t hurt at all.) I had fun teasing the worried ladies.

“Art is a jealous mistress”_____Ralph Waldo Emerson
(I’ve always wondered what that means!)

Back to work. Wish me peace and quiet. The closets are close-by. By the way, my website is adelebower.com

8 thoughts on “Jealousy At The Art Show…and Beyond

    • Thanks, Kathy. No, I won’t let that tennis ball incident stop me. In fact, I have as a VERY…long….term goal to play tennis again. How’s that for optimism? Thanks for reading and commenting. Always good to hear from you.

  1. You do have an interesting life, Adele! : ) I love the artwork! And, I’m glad the tennis ball didn’t hurt!

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