Coming Back From Rejection

The Union
There’s not a person I know who loves to hear how they’re creation isn’t worth anything or just plain isn’t good enough.

How Can One Person Look At A Piece Of Artwork And Not Value The Passion That Was Put Into Creating Something So Beautiful?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not everyone will see what you see. What do you do in these cases? You can’t quit and you can’t become hostile when someone says “NO” to your passion either. What can you do?


1 Ok, were they just being arrogantly mean or do they have a point. Some art buyers talk or brag about themselves, their connections, how much money they have, etc. So if they don’t get your message, then more than likely, they’re not interested in buying art for the right reasons. These kind are great to get rid of once and for all and the best thing about kicking them to the curb is that they usually walk themselves out to the street. What they’ve said does not matter so let it go.

2 After each meeting, write down your experiences from start to finish. This may take some time but it’s worth it as you get to see who said something different or new and who said the same thing as the last person. When you review your discussion you get to see what’s even being said behind the words being used. If everyone has stated the very same thing or the very same principle then it’s time for you to really consider changing what they’ve suggested and make some artist-centered heartfelt changes without changing who you are.

3 Invite Them Back! THAT’S RIGHT! You’ve gone through call after call and email after email just to meet with them and show you what you’ve got. If you contact them to state you’ve made some changes according to their suggestions, they are usually sure to show up for this second meeting. The reason being is that they’ve already liked your artwork except for the thing(s) they mentioned previously. Once it’s changed for the better, they usually come prepared to buy. The 2nd reason is that they want to see if you could do what they’ve actually suggested.

Either way, coming back from a rejection does not have to be humiliating nor degrading.
It’s simply an opportunity to improve upon what you’ve already done for the best you! Keep painting until you are better than the last time they’ve seen you and don’t worry, all artists are like fine wine and get better with time. Take a look at my gallery and see if you can tell where I was and where I am Now!

DeBerry Visual Arts

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