My mother often noted that my father and I always draw "mean eyes." I don't agree. I think it's "guileless" that I myself have a problem with. Sempé is pretty much the master of guileless.
I am fond of his early Le Petit Nicholas series (written by René Goscinny, and illustrated by Sempé). This illustration is taken from a New Yorker cover. My subscription has lapsed, & I am missing my weekly dose of clever cartooning.
--KAR, February 17, 20
"Symbolic Bird Meaning of the Finch. When finches come into our awareness it is a sure sign of ebullient times ahead. Finches are a sparkly omen of high energy and bright days on the horizon."
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