Home of Tadpoles and Turtles, oil on board, 16" x 20"
It's important to remember that just because a painting doesn't get into a show doesn't mean it was poorly painted. There are millions of reasons why a painting does or doesn't get in. Think about the times you've looked at the "winners" of a show and questioned the judge's sanity in choosing those paintings. I've heard one judge comment that on a different day, he probably would have chosen completely different paintings.
Finally, I know it's petty but I feel better when I read that other artists who are amazing painters didn't get into the show. Not saying I'm amazing but feel like I'm in good company.
....Oh, and I still get brownie points for trying.