No You’ve Got, Yes You Can Get

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by jmbroekman 5 Comments
100198-folignoafirenze

Da Foligno A Firenze
Mixed media on board
9″ x 8.5″

Wise words from Oma Jo

Whenever I tell someone that my grandmother always said “No you’ve got, yes, you can get” they respond with a quizzical look. It means just keep trying. It means, the answer to any unasked question is bound to be no; but if you actually ask the question, well, the answer might be no, but it might also be yes. It’s an important lesson to keep in mind as an artist.

I generally get more rejections than acceptances, which often has me reconsidering whether or not to bother submitting an application. So, I was somewhat reluctant when my friend Marcy encouraged me to apply to a juried show at the Fountain Street Studio Gallery in Massachusetts. Then I heard Oma’s voice whisper in my ear: No you’ve got, yes you can get. I got yes!

Terrain: Finding Elusive Ground;
Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery, Framingham, MA;
November 19, 2015 – January 10, 2016;
Opening reception November 21st

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5 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    Congratulations! Love the reminder of reaching for Yes!

  2. anne garland says:

    fabulous! sweet reward for keeping on trying!

  3. Ellen says:

    way to go, jessyca!

  4. Mieke says:

    Nee heb je, ja kun je krijgen!
    So so so so true! It has always been my favourite saying and still is to this day!