Being a new artist, relatively speaking, I find that entering shows and contests is a good way to keep focus and get some exposure. I cruise artshow.com looking for shows that might choose my work. I have often wondered what my ultimate goal is by creating my art. What would make me feel successful and accomplished? I try to visualize what that would be. I have a show going at my local coffee shop. The reception was a couple of Saturdays ago. It was great fun with my friends. The arts council chairperson from town stopped by and was very complimentary, which I greatly appreciated. But I still don’t feel satisfied and have a fire in my belly, so to speak, for something more. So, another juried show caught my eye, but this time in Chelsea, in the gallery district in NYC. I checked out the juror and his landscapes are on the realistic side, and I feel maybe, just maybe, he might be drawn to my work. So I mailed out my entry this morning. Then I started to think “what if” I was accepted into this show, what if I actually had art hanging in Chelsea! I started to get goose bumps and my breath quickened. Whether I get into this show or not, I think I know where I want to go.