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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Praise Goes a Long Way

Monti at PRAC studio
When the shadows get longer and the air turns cooler, I feel a little down. After all, baseball season is over for my team and daylight savings time soon will be over as well.

That's the way I felt as I headed to October opening night at Petersburg Regional Arts Center where I maintain two art studio spaces. But, when I arrived, the wife of the artist in the studio next to mine met me with praise for my novel, Night Watch, which she had bought from my display table. She also had purchased Secrets by the Sea which she enjoyed as well. By the end of the evening she had a copy of Hearts Across Forever already reading it!

My spirits lifted right away! Next, I had some visitors interested in my paintings who exclaimed over my work. Then a college art student found me who said he'd been wanting to meet me for some time because he liked my work so much. And then an old friend, a former pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, appeared with more great enthusiasm.

Needless to say, I left Petersburg with a warm feeling! At a time when I needed validation for my work, I found it for both my writing and my painting. Praise goes a long way! We all need to remember that...

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes it does! Glad you had a good night. And fall is cool with me because that means football is in full swing.

Monti said...

Football is okay, but I really miss watching my team play baseball!!

Thanks!

KK Brees said...

It's amazing what a boost to your spirits a kind word (and a book sale) can bring. Glad you had a great time. And I love football!

Monti said...

Thanks, KK! Enjoy your football!

Amy Sikes said...

That's wonderful! You definitely deserve tons of praise for all your wonderful work!!

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Witless Exposition said...

Congrats on all of the uplift. It's so exciting when people like our work. You're right, it does go a long way.

I was also stopping by to remind you that today is Small Packages posting day. Thanks for making it a success!