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Monday, September 10, 2018

I Never Thought I had a Chance.....on entering an IAPS exhibition

'Before the First Snow'        10x 8      pastel      ©Karen Margulis
available unframed $450
The time to enter is now! The deadline to enter the International Association of Pastel Society's webshow is September 15th.  I always seem to wait until the last minute to enter. Thoughts run through my head like...... I don't really have any painting good enough to enter or What if I paint something worthy after I've entered? or I never get anything accepted so why bother?

I shared reasons for everyone to enter a juried exhibition last week. If that wasn't enough to convince you let me share a quick story. Have a look at the photo below. This is my painting hanging at the IAPS exhibition held during the last convention. It was a great honor and felt good. But there was a time a few years ago when I didn't think I would ever have a chance to get in an IAPS show. (or any show for that matter)

I've been painting with pastels since 2005. I started from scratch. I didn't know anything about pastels or painting concepts. But I had a dream. I had goals. I wanted to get better. So I worked hard. I took classes and workshops and I read everything I could about painting. And I practiced. Every day. I had this little thought in my head that one day I would like to paint something as good as the paintings I saw in Pastel Journal and the IAPS and PSA shows. .....But I never thought I had a chance to get a painting in one of those shows!

Until a friend reminded can't possibly get in if you don't enter. Of course! So I entered one of the IAPS shows. I didn't get in. But the fear was gone. I didn't lose anything but a few dollars and a moment of disappointment. I felt like I joined the club and entering a juried exhibition wasn't so bad after all. So I entered the next one. No luck. I entered the next one and BINGO! I had a painting accepted. Hard work and persistence paid off.

During the next few years I continued to enter with varied success. Eventually I accumulated enough points to achieve Master Circle status. But there were definite ups and downs along the way!

My painting along with the story about my inspiration
I share this story because there was a time not all that long ago that I thought I never had a chance. But I shook off the fear and doubt and kept trying. If one of your dreams or goals is to have a painting accepted into an IAPS show. Now is the time! Remember you have to enter to have a chance.

Follow this link to get the details for entering the IAPS webshow:


Alejandra Gos said...

Thank you

Unknown said...

You are such an inspiration to all of us who dream of being artists but didn't go to art school and are starting as adults. Thank you for sharing and for the encouragement!