I would’ve given it five stars if not for the errors I spotted. But I’ll get to that later.
This book contains three short stories ranging from romance to tragedy. Except for the first one, this has a very “feel good” tone to it. Abstract Remembrances is about a mother confined in a mental institution. Everyday, she paints a portrait of her young son. Something tragic happened in her life and could art therapy help her recover? This story was heavy. It was just so sad. It had quite a few typos and grammar errors but those aside, it’s a very good piece.
Different Strokes is a cute one. A mother introduces Art History to her two young children to calm them down and teach them lessons in life. I am pretty familiar with the different schools and movements in art so I really got into this. And the image of the kids working on their projects… so cute!
The third story shares the name of this whole collection. Still-Life Paintings is about a scorned woman forced to attend her ex-boyfriend’s gallery show. And in his paintings, she realizes that there was more that meets the eye. It has all the makings of a romantic comedy, methinks. The ending literally made me go “awww….”
Okay, before I wrap this up, I just have to address the errors. They can be easily corrected with another read-through by the author/editor so it wouldn’t be so hard. I find it ironic that this is an art-centric collection and the author gets Salvador Dali’s name wrong. Dali, not Dahli. Also, loose/lose and everybody’s favorite your/you’re. Again, no biggie so I hope this can be cleaned up.
Recommendation: It’s 27 pages on the nook so it won’t take too much of your time. These are really good short stories. You’ll enjoy them more if you like art.
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