Well, my submissions to Art Comes Alive were not among the ones chosen by the judges. There are so many outstanding artist who have been working on their craft longer than I have. I'll be interested in seeing the 150 pieces selected to determine what style of work is being noticed.
I fear that the bright and non-descriptive lines of abstract or impressionistic paintings are gaining in popularity because they are versatile with any decor and not limited by theme as are realism paintings.
However, there are those who recognize the work involved in painting realism and appreciate the style of those who paint them. In fact a husband and wife purchased three paintings and commissioned a third. After showing them my progress on the commissioned piece they asked for painting lessons. They are the first students and we painted for two hours today. The wife wanted to learn realism while the husband is interested in impressionism. We had fun and next week they want two lessons, which I gladly accepted.
Giving lessons to beginners make me realize how far I've come over the past six years. Am I an expert with credentials, hell no, but I know I can give them the basics and the rest is up to them. I have gained a great deal of knowledge from the hundred and fifty paintings.