Michael Mize Art Blog
Early last month I noticed a "Call for Artists" on the homepage or our local public library. The proposed juried exhibition was for all varieties of printmaking. I've typically not been one to submit entries to juried exhibitions, due largely to a lack of confidence in my older work. Or perhaps more specifically, confidence that no one in my small midwestern city will appreciate what I have to offer.
However, this time it was different. Right away I felt compelled to participate. I've always enjoyed printmaking and I thought the new direction in my work, of which I'm fairly confident, would translate well into a block print. I was instantly excited, quickly chose my subject matter (Abraham & Issac from Genesis 22) and set to work finding my composition, cutting the plate, and pulling some prints. I had a little over a month and I just managed to get my submission turned in on the last day.
I thoroughly enjoyed the production of the print, and decided as a result I would make block prints for each of my new canvases. I've been investigating methods for generating smaller, more economical, options for potential buyers interested in my work. So as a result of that decision, my next to pieces are planned out. I'll do a block print of the canvas I'm currently painting, (Shadrach, Meshach, & Abendego from Daniel 3) and I'll do a painting of the composition from this block print. I don't know if any of you are like me, but knowing that far in advance what your next pieces are going be is a rare and exciting occurance.
So then it was time to play the waiting game. The deadline for artists being notified was a month later. Rather than let myself go crazy with anxious wondering, I turned my worries over to God. I was well aware of the fact that a lot of good had already come from me getting involved in this endeavor. Not only did I discover a new direction in my work, but I completed another piece and had a great time doing it! I reminded myself that if it was in God's plan for me to make it in the exhibition, I would. If not, so be it.
I received my answer in the mail a few days ago, and it turns out that I wasn't intended to be in this exhibit. And after an initially disappoinment, I've been able to stick to my resolution and accept it for what it is. Not that big of a deal. I've also come to realize that the next exhibit oppurtunity that comes around will be far less intimidating after having gone through this process.
Ultimately, I learned a lot in the past month and a half. And so in that regard, this experience has been a big success...and more importantly, a lot of fun.