I received my first ever "Not Accepted" from a jury the other day. It didn't sting too much, because I had applied to take part in a plein air competition/aution--and I've never done plein air! How's that for hubris?? I'm sure the jurors didn't take long to figure that out.
However, it won't be long before I will have some plein air works to show on my site. Hopefully they will be good enough to make me want to continue with it.
On another note--as a rather tunnel visioned artist (when I paint, it's full steam ahead, to hell with the torpedos), I am guilty of breaking brushes and continuing to use the stubby heads if necessary just to keep going. I also neglect recapping the paint tubes, causing drying out and wasting paint. I get paint all over my clothing, and never wear any protective gear. At some point, I have to step back, assess the situation, and tell myself to clean up, restock, and slow down a bit.
Right now I need new brushes, paint, and canvas after having painted 10 new works, both landscape and wildlife, in the past several months. It will be a pleasure to sit down at the easel again with fresh supplies.