In this short story, an old composer teaches a peculiar young artist how to drive herself out of the doldrums.

Pieter Claesz (Dutch, Berchem? 1596/97–1660 Haarlem), Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, 1628, oil on wood, 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in.
Filippino Lippi (Italian, Prato ca. 1457–1504 Florence), Madonna and Child, ca. 1483–84, tempera, oil & gold on wood, 32 x 23 1/2 in.
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp), The Triumph of Henry IV, ca. 1630, oil on wood, 19 1/2 x 32 7/8 in.
Anthony Van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London), Lucas van Uffel (died 1637), ca. 1622, oil on canvas, 49 x 39 5/8 in.
William Claesz Heda (Dutch, Haarlem? 1594–1680 Haarlem), Still Life with Oysters, a Silver Tazza, and Glassware, 1635, oil on wood, 19 5/8 x 31 3/4 in.

Artist, writer & co-founder of H&R Studio in Naples, Florida. www.laurenredding.com

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