You know how you feel when you go to the doctor? You have to strip, wear a flimsy gown (if you’re lucky,) you’re weighed, poked, prodded, and given disappointing looks by the medical staff. That’s what it’s like sometimes to be an artist.
To get into exhibitions or craft shows your work is judged. If your exhibit is reviewed, your work is judged. If anyone looks at your work, it’s being judged. Sometimes it passes the test. Other times it doesn’t.
An artist’s work many times is an extension of themselves. It could be expressing their ideas, thoughts, emotions, events or people in their lives. At the very least, it is something they’ve created, imagined, and put time and effort into. It hurts when it’s not accepted. But as an artist rejection is just par for the course.
So we learn to take the criticism. You have to not take the rejections personally and celebrate every little acceptance. If you’re lucky and you work very, very hard, acceptances will eventually outweigh the rejections. Until then, the trick is to let each rejection motivate you to be a better artist. That’s how we grow.