Carved wooden mask/animal head. Permanent collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (of course, everything in this museum's collection is supposed to be permanent--it's written into the museum charter).
I was about to give an elaborate explanation for the speed with which I executed this drawing. The light was failing as I worked, a big frustration. But... that is totally not the point of these dailies. They are SUPPOSED to be... unapologetic blurts.
KAR, February 17, 2019
Who writes these things? Do they imagine there is only one kind of finch in the world?
Pace Darwin, but he was not the first to recognize that finches specialize.
Bullfinches are beloved in Northern Europe and Asia. There's more than a touch of the mystical about them. They are beautiful dollops of animated life in the depths of the coldest winter.
Any finch can symbolize ebullience. But a Bullfinch... a Bullfinch is a specific promise of joyful life that can survive the cold.
KAR, November 24, 2018