Wednesday, November 28, 2012


So it's been a week since my last posting. I've had the time to get the upset feeling out of my system for the most part. I had put a lot of time into that portfolio, and I think what upset me the most was not that it was rejected, but that there was no explanation as to why. I do not want to go down the road of bitterness, where I put down, mock, or make fun of other artists or the company I had presented a portfolio to. I would be lying if I said my feelings weren't hurt, because it feels as though it's not just a rejection of my art, it's a rejection of me.

A friend once told me, "hey, don't get your hopes up, you might not get it." It's friends like these that I really don't keep around. What she told me was true, that I might not get it. The possibility is always there. It's the self-deprecating, defeatist attitude like that where people like her never get ahead in life unless they win the lottery or marry a rich person. Life doesn't just happen, you have to make it happen. This event was a set back for me ... nothing more.

Back to the drawing board. Onward and upward.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Journey

As some of you know, I submitted a portrait portfolio to Portraits, Inc. back in October of this year. Here was their response to me today.

November 20, 2012

Dear John:

Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to send your portfolio to Portraits, Inc. for our annual new artist review.  We always appreciate and look forward to seeing the work submitted by each artist. 

A committee of staff members, sales associates, and artists evaluates each submission.  We seek to identify artists whose styles are similar to those we sell the most, as well as artists who might bring a unique style not currently included in our roster of over 150 artists.  I am sorry to say that we are unable to include you in this group at this time.  Please know that we do not attempt to be art critics.  We only evaluate based on our understanding of our current markets and the requests our sales associates make on behalf of their clients. 

We hope you understand this is one of the hardest things we do, and we regret leaving anyone out.  We sincerely wish you every success and thank you once again for your interest in Portraits, Inc.

Best regards,

Beverly McNeil
Chairman & CEO

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