Hi art friends.

Todays post is a tale of perseverance and caution for getting your work out there.

Perseverance

When I started the draft of this post, I thought I was regularly submitting canvases to Living the Photo Artistic Life. I keep my submissions in a folder. Looking at my submission folder today, I see I’ve submitted 12 canvases in 5 years. Six of my works have been published, which is 50%.

The next lesson is: pay attention to your numbers. I check out the magazine every month and see a lot of the same names. I was beginning to think that my style wasn’t fitting the magazine or that I wasn’t submitting my best works.

Next, I looked at the number of canvases I created from July 1 to August 12 (the day I wrote this post): 40 Takashima canvases and 44 still life and flower canvases. Of the 44 class canvases, I’ve posted 34.

Sebastian recommends submitting no more than 1 work per week. In 6 weeks, I’ve created 78 canvases but haven’t submitted any works since the end of May.

The point in all that is that by relying on my memory (i.e. intent) of submissions, I thought I’d submitted more canvases and had fewer chosen.

It also tells me that I’m creating more than enough work to submit the very best canvas every week.

The artists are not notified when they’re works are published. So I check out every new issue. Not just to see if my works have been selected. The magazine is chock full of gorgeous works. There’s so much inspiration on every page. I’d peruse this magazine every if I wasn’t submitting works.

My newest published works

However, 2 of my works were selected for Issue 77 of Living the Photo Artistic Life:

“Lost”
“Still Life with Peonies”

“Still Life with Peonies” is available from my Society6 shop in a variety of art print formats. Here is the link to a 7″x10′ print.

The cautionary tale

Unfortunately, “Lost’ is not available as a print because I made a mistake when I created a banner size version for the post Baggage and Art: I accidentally saved the cropped version of the file. So I’d have to recreate the full size version from scratch.

At the time I made the mistake (after I stopped crying), I changed my process and BEFORE I crop the file for a banner, I save the file as and stick ‘banner’ at the end of the file name.

As soon as I save and schedule this post, I’m going to look over my recent works and submit the best one. This weekend, after I put in some work on Takashima, I’ll prep several more images and set up a weekly schedule to submit canvases.

So, there you have it. Know your numbers and create good work flows for yourself and keep working and sharing your work.

Happy creating!