The Goldfinch is a bird painted frequently in my Japanese brush painting class. I like these happy yellow birds with their little black “caps”. I painted this Japanese Etegami postcard a month ago.
Recently I read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a novel for which she won the Pulitzer prize. Ms. Tartt’s novel is written around a 350 year old Dutch painting of a Goldfinch tethered by a chain. The theme of art being our salvation, our burden & our ruin runs through the main characters life. story. One of the quotes in the book is: “We have art in order not to die from the truth.” – Nietzsche This novel was well worth the time to read & now when I see or paint Goldfinch birds, this novel will come to mind. It is a haunting novel. A bit too much of the truth about life, but at the same time comforting to know the truth. The bottom line for me is that without my art, I am nothing.