While I'm taking a let-it-dry break from painting a hairy coo, I think I'll catch up with you. I've been in my studio more than usual. Partly because I've had some requests from my galleries, and partly because I've recommitted to being in there every day which mostly happens but not always. But really because I find the more I paint, the more I want to paint. (I had been in a bit of a slump) I've spent a great deal of time lately also applying to shows, new galleries and another artist association. Thus the title of this blog entry. For example, today I heard back from the association and it was a resounding no, with a few criticisms thrown in. I have to admit, I asked for feedback, but wow. While it definitely stings, I will take the comments in, let my bruised ego heal and work on the things they said. I will apply to the organization again when it comes around again, and hopefully I will have grown in my work. We all need this at times. The kick in the pants that turns us in the direction we need to go, but I won't lie, my sails deflated. And now for the ups...I also found out I was accepted to a couple of summer art shows I applied to and received a commission from one of the galleries today, and a very sweet note from someone who just bought one of my pieces in Estes Park, as well. Sometimes the ups and downs are stretched into a gentle rolling curve and then there's today when I basically felt like Coyote being launched off a cliff only to lift my beleaguered bashed in nose out of the road to be shot back up on the giant rubber band of life. Just thankful I ended at the top of the cliff instead of the road, and up and down, and on and on I dance...until next time.