Charles E. Burchfield in his own words
From the age of seventeen until the end of his life, American watercolor painter Charles E. Burchfield wrote in journals that chronicled his artistic and intellectual development. These journals reveal much about his unique vision, love of nature and gift for writing. Burchfield’s passion for writing could not be contained in the journals alone. Throughout his career, his moods, ideas and personal critiques were also recorded on thousands of scraps of paper and studies for paintings as well as in letters to family, friends and colleagues. His complex and layered visual language points to a complex human being. The inner triumphs, struggles and ambitions of his career are reflected and recorded in his own words and serve as an inspiration for all.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Learning tonight that a means for earning a living and be able to work at my art at the same time, has vanished in thin air...
Friday, April 18, 2014
Working on ‘Good Friday Mood’ with great gusto and assurance. A bitter mood. (I think I shall give it a non-committal title such as ‘April Mood’ –). At the end of the day asked B [Bertha] out to see it. She liked it—thought it was almost frightening.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Early Spring Picture – Foreground cool + dk snow patches – middle ground in big marshy valley with orange sunlit trees – distance a big tree covered hill in a haze –
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The ground is wormy with bloom – The air is very thick + opaque some objects are only half seen –
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
First downy bud of hepatica (back of garage) – The vermillion cup fungus has started to grow – (4 or 5 small ones). Spring beauties in bud.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunny – with the same new air – current from the North – A.M. pencil studies of the hepaticas which are in their prime – that is to say in all stages of bloom from buds to wide-open –
Sunday, April 13, 2014
a.m. – Some “fruit shopping” & to Saville’s in O.P. [Orchard Park] to get a corsage for Bertha (chose what they called a Siberian Orchid)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
To produce great work an artist must first have a high aim and ideal. Then his difficulties and obstacles will not hinder him ―
Friday, April 11, 2014
A day of heavy rains – in studio all day, working on “hollow” picture –
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Snow started early evening - everything covered this morning - like the middle of winter, but at midmorning the gay song of a songsparrow.