Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Backyards in Spring, 1951; conté crayon and India ink wash on paper, 9 1/4 x 12 1/2" (23.49 x 31.75 cm.); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Margaret Gowans Fund, 1952
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, Vol. 52 (December 1, 1950): 20-21.
Dec. 1 – Friday
Bizarre dreams –
(1) Of coming [home] and finding that Gordon Washburn’s teen age son was demolishing our garbage can; when Washburn came to see me about some matter,- I said to him “Listen Gordon, you must admit you’ll have to pay for the damage your son is doing-“ Instead of answering me, he got down and started to crawl under the turf along our driveway; in a few moments he was completely under, his form plainly visible under the sod.- - - -
(2) -A peacock – a dog worrying it – the peacock growled just like a dog and gave one bark. When the dog came at it, the bird opened its mouth wide, and stuck out a huge tongue – the dog rushed forward and started licking the peacock’s tongue, at which the peacock closed its mouth, covering the dog’s whole head.
 Dec. 1 (Cont.)
A.M. – B & I shopping at Loblaw’s – a fine fresh day, after the storm’s departure.
P.M. – B babysitting for M. –
Working on another drawing – “Backyards in Spring” -