Our work is so personal for us, I do try not to take things to heart (show rejections, gallery rejections etc. ) but it can be really tough not to do so. However I can only get beat over the head so many times before I finally say "You know what? That's enough. I'm done." As a popular dog meme that shows up around the internet says "Kick some dirt over that shit and move on."
I've made some changes over the last year with galleries closing, galleries I didn't fit with, people I didn't fit with and I made another decision just last night which prompted this post. I feel curiously free now that this choice has been made and it's good place to be.
Creating and selling art is a complicated matter because you must please more than just yourself. You want some space on a gallery wall? You'd better be able to sell. Pressure's on. However it is so important not to lose your self, your artistic vision, in this process difficult though that may be. But if you are beating your head against the wall over something you have no control over maybe it's time to take a step back and ask yourself "WHY?" Is it really that important? Is the damage to my (sometimes fragile) artself worth the constant strife of what I am trying to do? Maybe it is, maybe not. We all have our limits and it might be more beneficial to take a step back, reevaluate and possibly go in a bit of a different direction.
Life is short and I intend to enjoy it as much as possible. People and situations that sap that joy have no place for very long in my life whether or not they would possibly be good for my art "career". I've spent too long pursuing this specific thing I decided to drop last night and it feels good. My focus continues to be on improving my painting both technically and emotionally. If others want to come along with me that's great. If not... C'est la vie.
As Greg Beecham is fond of saying... "Paint hard."