These "Susans of the Mountains" were sent in as one of three paintings vying for a spot in the upcoming show, "Close to Nature's Heart," a celebration of mountains to be held at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs, WV from Sept 18 thru Nov 8. Of the three pieces, this is the one that I sincerely felt had the best shot. I personally "like" it best. (I do have a fondness for Black-eyed and Brown-eyed Susans and always include them in my garden). I am also happy with my execution.
However! (and, as you've no doubt already guessed), it was the other two works that were accepted. So, I am happy about that, and also that I can enjoy my Susans for a while longer.
Listening to judges and show jurors explain their selection process has always been most interesting. Over time, these explanations have helped me accept that the "rejection" of a work is not necessarily a negative assessment of that work as such. Rather, other works simply called more strongly to that judge, on that day, for that theme, in that show . . . and one just keeps on painting!