In my Orientation Post I wrote about making my own calendar for 2013. That happened because the company I work for creates their own promotional calendar using employee photographs. The selection of images is done democratically with my fellow employees voting for their favorite photograph. The first year my entries weren’t selected I was kind of put out, because I usually do well in juried events. Artist’s lives are filled with failure and rejection. That’s part of the deal we sign up for when we choose to share our art with the world. But after this year’s rejection, my voyage to the depths of despair took an abrupt U turn when I saw the selected photographs. To be unfailingly polite about it, my photographs just didn’t fit in with the vision of my fellow employees. To which I offer them my hearty thanks for not making my photographs part of that collection.
That rejection was the impetus for creating my own desk calendar for the year. The Shutter Sisters web site had a template for a nifty little desktop calendar that would fit in a CD jewel case. I made a few changes to the Shutter Sisters template and on a Sunday afternoon I made my own personal calendar filled with nothing but horizontal photographs. It was an afternoon event providing both amusement and therapy to raise my spirits in the face of artistic rejection.