It is always a surprise -- either way! I didn't paint much in 2015. When I saw the list of accepted paintings I felt .... well, rejected! After a while, that feeling passes. It is only one judge, one day. Often paintings rejected in one show will win in another. (I rarely enter other contests, not my thing.) I was pleased with my paintings just the same. The satisfaction of finishing a project with results that others like is great.
Here is a timely article from the FASO newsletter which gives some insights into rejection and how it might help you by Brienne Brown http://faso.com/fineartviews/103729/rejection-into-a-positive-experience
Painting every day helps my artwork so much. I don't think I do the actual "painting" any better. Going through the motions more often gives a flow to my work. It is actually easier to put down good strokes and find the harmonizing colors. I usually get closer to the idea I had in mind.
I painted my two entries during the time I was helping to put all the entries on the website. That doesn't leave time to walk away from the painting and then come back to see how it fits together. They were both ideas of the moment and completed with a deadline looming. We say we work better under pressure. I'm doubtful of that old saying.
Sometimes the painting changes when a planned idea doesn't work on paper or canvas. I did not have time for this process to be completed. Now I can take the time to see how I feel about the paintings.
I posted "Trails End" here. I changed it a little bit from what I sent in to the competition.
The other painting as it is. I may change it some. Pear Cactus should replace the grass on the right is what I'm feeling. We will see what happens.........