I'm thinking I'm skunked again.
I'm feeling kind of sorry for myself, I will admit. Just bums me out. When I dropped it off, I got a look at some of the other submissions and immediately felt overwhelmed and kind of out of my league.
The Well-Travelled one tried to cheer me up by reminding me that a lot of the people who submit to these things have been painting and otherwise making art for years and sometimes decades, many of them having a formal educational background to boot.
This area, being a small, relatively close-knit area I have to wonder if there isn't a certain level of clique-ishess where those who have been active in the community get preferential treatment. It's the same feeling I get with the theatre folk around here.
However, it's entirely possible that I looking for mini-conspiracies and nepotism in a misguided attempt at making myself feel better and stop berating myself for being a mediocre talent at best. Jerkbrain is a jerk, and rejection just seems to feed the beast.
As pointed out to me in another well-intentioned attempt by the Well-Travelled one to assuage my self-flaggellation in the face of defeat, at least this has been a bit of a learning experience. I now know a few things I didn't before, such as turnaround time for custom framing, and where to buy my own damn frames. I even know how to frame my own canvases now, so I guess that's something?