I am putting this out there in hopes of gaining some insight for juried art shows. I started painting back in September of 2022. I think I have a gift for painting. Others do too. So, I painted a seagull on a railing for a show that is coming up early next year ( Whooping Crane Festival). A local art league near where I live hosted a juried art show open to non members a week ago. No particular theme for the artwork. So...I thought I would enter my seagull. It looks real. I'd say I nailed it. LOL Well, I didn't get into the show. Paid my $35 for my 2 entries and neither of them made the cut. I did notice that about 85% of the paintings that made the show were framed. Mine was a 20X20 gallery canvas ( unframed ). I did paint the sides to match the front. Even wrapped the fishing pole around one side for a "3D" effect.
I got no feedback on any note or anything from the judges. Don't even know who the judges were. Do I ask the judges for feedback?? There was no requirement for a frame on gallery canvases in the prospectus. Again, there were a handful of unframed canvases. Does an "unknown artist" just not have the ability to make the cut even if the work is exceptional???? Just trying to wrap my head around it because I'm not giving up. I intend to figure out what it takes and get into some juried shows. Or am I wasting my time and just need to move on??? ha! Maybe it was "who you know" for the judges.
I'll take whatever you want to throw at me for criticism or pointers.