The form of submissions for various competitions has changed over the years. It is much easier these days. I used to fuss with colour graphs and slides, special lighting, in and outdoor experiments, all to find the best way to archive my images. Digital is so simple by comparison.
Submissions still require a mountain
Formerly, one could not submit anything without using a slide format. Some required prints on photo paper with a colour code. Then we went to CDs accompanied by the paper mountain in the form of cover letter, CVs, statements and other paraphernalia. Submissions still require the mountain, just not in paper form.
Photography is still crucial
These days everything is digital. Even the exhibitions. Thankfully that will change shortly. The photography segment of submissions is crucial to success. Yet, no matter how excellent the photograph, it does not capture the subtleties of any work done in multiple layers. Only seeing the painting in real life, can one appreciate the depth and breadth of the artist’s capacities. Often my work shifts colour as one walks by. Different light makes a huge difference, almost like having several paintings in one depending on the time of day.
Submissions are specific
Submissions continue to be demanding, however. Every organisation requires a particular way in which the images are labeled and sized. Titles for artist’s statements and project descriptions are also unique to each competition. I suspect it is an easy way to eliminate several artists who do not take the time to read the fine print. After all, when one receives over six hundred entries to a single competition, one needs to look for an easy way to reduce the size of the elephant.
Digital makes things easier
Lately, I have taken advantage of the digital display only. My favorite gallery cannot accommodate any painting over four feet in width. With the latest submissions for landscape and others I have included the diptych “Oneing” which measures ten feet wide. So fun. We will see if it is accepted. The competition is closing soon.
In the meantime, the doors to galleries are opening with restrictions and artwork is once again on display. All my submissions have been very successful lately. The Federation of Canadian Artists’ gallery in Vancouver is thankful for the timing of the reopening. Their exhibition “AIMAE” opens tomorrow. I have five pieces showing in this exhibition. So exciting.