Book and Movie Reviews

I have had three very intense migraines this week, among other health issues, and have not done any arting the last couple of days, so I thought I would give a couple of reviews.


My friend, Traci, gave this book to me a while ago and I started it, but it was slow going in the beginning.  However, it picked up and then I couldn't put it down.  It is called "A Portrait of Emily Price" and it is about Emily, an artist and art restorer, who is having personal issues and has traveled to spend some time on a job in Atlanta.  She meets an Italian chef, they fall in love, get married, and move to Italy, where there are issues, too.  The book is filled with the beauty of humanity, art, Italy, and I cried over that beauty quite a bit.  She was able to articulate what I feel when I am making a portrait and, yes, I cried over that, too.  LOL!  Thanks, Traci, for thinking of me and giving me the book.

You can find a copy of the book here.  I try to avoid Amazon, if I can.


Now, for the movie!  Oh!  What a wonderful movie!  It was amazing!  It was "Loving Vincent".  I'm sure you have heard of it, perhaps even watched it.  If not, please do.  It takes place about a year after Vincent died and a friend talks to those who were around when it happened.  There are flashbacks and I don't know if the story is totally accurate, but I don't know that anyone will ever truly know.  The best part of the whole thing is that it is an animation done with original oil paintings in Van Gogh's style.  Some of them are based on his own works.  It is truly amazing and wonderfully beautiful!  I almost could not follow along with the story for looking at the brushwork.  I did not cry until the end and while the credits were rolling a lovely voice sang the song, "Vincent:  Starry Starry Night" by Don McLean.  So, I sobbed.

I watched the movie on hoopla, a free library site that you can sign up for, if you have a local library card.  Here is a trailer.

Have you read A Portrait of Emily Price?  Have you seen Loving Vincent?  If so, please tell me what you thought.  Do you plan on giving them a try?  Please comment below.