I was so inspired to listen to the story of novelist Matthew Quick on WZID radio while driving to work this morning.

I’m attaching a link below with his bio.   Particularly inspiring to me was listening him talk about how he was rejected 71 times by literary agents before the 72nd one accepted him ! He had spent three years isolated in his basement and was pretty much down to his last dollar when he finished writing Silver Lining Playbook.   It is currently nominated for 8 Oscars. 

As an artist I find rejection particulary hard.  It helps me to listen to and read about what  others go through in order to get their story ‘heard’ or their painting ‘seen’.  I suffered lots of rejections from Juried shows for several years…  but I’m glad I didn’t quit submitting work.  Last year I was accepted into four juried shows ! Of course it’s a wonderful feeling, but just recently (last month) I was again rejected by a larger juried show and again felt the waves of “you’re not good enough”.  

I realize it’s going to be a fickle journey and I am determined never to quit.  I am so passionately head of heels in love with the creative process of art and the rewards I feel each time I produce a new piece are amazing.  I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be rejected 71 times ! I have a new perspective today !! J Thank you so much Matthew Quick and many congratulations ! J

“Sometimes when you attempt to put your best self into the world, the right people show up”

Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook.

About jacqui hawk

Jacqui Hawk is a nationally collected and award winning artist living in Dunstable MA. Her work has been featured in solo, invitational juried state and national exhibitions and represented in private and corporate collections in the US, Europe and Asia. Her abstract work is represented at 100 Market Street Gallery, Portsmouth NH.
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7 Responses to REJECTION

  1. I was rejected from two juried shows recently, but I had 3 pieces accepted in another juried show earlier. You just never know what is going to please the judge. Never give up!


  2. jacqui hawk says:

    Hi Marilyn, thank you so much !!! I feel so privileged to be on this wonderful art journey and each step is a learning process for me and I find value in all of my struggles. On the heels of the last rejection, I just sold two pieces, Urban Rumble and City Moons (two of the pieces that were rejected in the juried show 😉 I agree with you and will never stop doing what i love !! I just visited your Fineart America store and just LOVE your work !!! 🙂 Warmly, Jacqui 🙂


    • Thanks, Jacqui! So glad you sold those…I really like Urban Rumble! It is always finding the right person who wants the piece. I had all three pieces juried in to one show, and all three diferent pieces rejected in another show by the same juror. Different day, different mood, I guess! Your work is wonderful…keep it up. BTW,I was in Scotland years ago, and I just loved it. It was idyllic and so peaceful. I can imagine that it is a wonderful place to paint. Hugs, Marilyn


  3. Jacqui- you are such an inspiration to those of us just getting back to our art and our heart at mid- life!!! keep inspiring us– fondly Barb Lichtman


  4. It is wonderful to have supportive artist friends!


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