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Get over it!

Rejection from exhibitions and competitions can be crushing but, as Adebanji Alade explains, you need to get over that feeling of rejection and move on. His words of heart-felt encouragement will help to get you back on your creative track

ADEBANJ I ’ S MOTIVATIONA LTIPS : 5 TH OF 1 3

One more rejection…

So you did all you could, you put in your very best work, and you did everything you thought was right: you got it framed, you got your registration fee paid and all this cost you money, sweat, sacrifice and valuable time. And then comes the time to submit your work, either online or to the designated venue, and you cross your fingers, imagining how your work would look in the exhibition…and then comes the waiting period.

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Follow cover artist Henrietta Graham's example and set yourself a challenging project to create a series of paintings on a particular subject matter, or why not try something different from your usual practice to keep your creativity flowing? Our professional artist/tutors offer plenty of ideas this month, from how to paint loose watercolour landscapes by Lea Nixon, unusual compositions from a high viewpoint by Jo Quigley, and how to use pattern to dramatic effect in your still lifes by Penny German. Hazel Soan demonstrates how to paint a lively self-portrait in watercolour, Glyn Macey shows what you can discover by studying Rauschenberg's work and techniques plus we include articles on understanding the structure of the head and how to measure and see more objectively to help improve your figure work. Oil painters will love Martin Kinnear's new series on oil techniques, starting with the importance of value and chiaroscuro, while Charles Williams takes a thought-provoking look at the age-old issue of 'when is a painting finished?' With more besides, you won't be short of inspiration and helpful advice in this month's issue!
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