Recently I submitted work to two different juried shows; I was accepted to one, rejected from the other. The standard procedure for art associations is to post information about the juror prior to the submitting of work which can be a tool to help the artist get a sense of what the show may look like based on what style of art the juror is associated with. I have always struggled with this; I have both watercolor and encaustic paintings, both impressionistic (and more recently) abstract styles of painting. Even now for me it's a challenge to not second guess my submission choices. Needless to say, I was disappointed when one of my newest works was rejected from a show, and I ask myself... but what if I had submitted something more abstract, would I have gotten into that show?
My practice for right now is to trust myself, and follow my heart when I create new art. I have to turn off the inner critic, and just continue to move forward. I was going to end this post with a question asking if anyone else has ever experienced these self-doubt feelings but I already know the answer. :)