Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Life of a Portrait Painter

The Very Picture of You by Isabel Wolff

This book was immensely satisfying to read. As Ella paints 

portraits, the stories her sitters tell weave into her own life 

and help her make decisions and inspire her, such as whether 

to see her estranged father, whether to advise her sister Chloe 

on an upcoming wedding, and more. The descriptions of the 

painting process, whether technical paint colors or emotional 

revelations was described well. The end felt meaningful and 

hard-won. Read this book!

Songs to Read By: a suite of piano music by Danny Elfman: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0QLHzHqsWI . 

arranged by piano students

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