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Rejection and Reaction

Rejection vs creativity


How do you react to rejection? Rejection is a big part of taking giant leaps forward as an artist, but that doesn't stop it from being painful as hell! I always tell myself that every rejection letter I receive is another piece of evidence that I am actually trying to do things that I don't assume I can do. It's proof that I'm being brave enough to take essential risks for long term rewards. I read a great article about facing rejection on Here is an excerpt for you:


"It is not rejection that can adversely affect you. Rather, it is how you react to rejection that is important. One must accept rejection as part of the process and move on when it occurs. Without acceptance, feelings such as anger, frustration, bitterness, or cynicism can destroy an artist’s career. Personalizing rejection is dangerous. It is very hard for many of us not to personalize rejection, but it is bad for us when we do. When we fail to manage our responses to adversity, we can become involved with “blame,” seeing all our misfortune, including rejection, as the “fault” of others."

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Artist in residence Rebecca Chaperon

Rebecca Chaperon is our Artist-in-Residence

With a compulsion to create unique visual stories, her paintings often follow the thread of a heroine's misadventures through a surreal landscape.

She's had the pleasure of teaching at Langara College and given community workshops on painting techniques with an emphasis on watercolour, oil and acrylic. She is a board member at the Grunt gallery.

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