Little Girl Dreams is a 20x10 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
I don’t know if this is from The Little Engine that Could, a quote from my mama or simply one of those truisms that everyone subscribes to. Wherever it came from, my painting Little Girl Dreams proves its wisdom.
I painted Little Girl Dreams in one of my open studios. I liked her enough to submit her to last year’s American Impressionists annual juried show. She wasn’t accepted.
Normally this wouldn’t bother me too much (as an artist, it’s rather essential to develop a thick skin); but I really did like the painting and more over, if I had to describe my art in terms of one of the “isms,” it would be impressionism. I was quite disappointed.
I decided to try again. I submitted Little Girl Dreams to The Best and Brightest annual exhibit held by the
Little Girl was not only accepted; she won an Honorable Mention. I was
But her story doesn’t end there. She was one of my submissions this year to the Best of America exhibit, the NOAPS national juried show. And she was chosen to be a part of that exhibit!
Little Girl now has a couple of happy endings, and I think lessons for everyone. First, believe in what you do; and second, keep on trying.