I rarely enter juried shows. A great deal of my work is whimsical in nature and though a judge is supposed to rule on merit and technique, my subject matter hurts me every time.
But a friend decided to enter a show and I thought I'd give it a go if for no other reason than to get some feedback on my Air Angels. They are kind of a cross between the whimsy and the more serious since they incorporate my plein air work.
The show had 218 submissions out of which only 24 were chosen and given awards. The rest of the work will not be part of the show, only the 24 pieces. And surprise, surprise, my osprey made it into the show! I must say it felt good.