Philip Koch (b. 1948), Salem: Burchfield Arbor, August 2015; vine charcoal and white pastel, 9 x 12 inches; Courtesy of the artist

Philip Koch (b. 1948), Salem: Burchfield Arbor, August 2015; vine charcoal and white pastel, 9 x 12 inches; Courtesy of the artist

Philip Koch Visits Salem, Ohio and Charles Burchfield's Childhood Home

Thursday, August 20, 2015

As part of my being the Artist-In-Residence for this year at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, I traveled with my wife Alice to Salem, Ohio, the childhood home of the artist Charles Burchfield. The Burchfield Homestead Society restored the home where the career of the visionary artist began. It is very well worth a visit for anyone who admires Burchfield's work. Above is Alice cooling her heels on Burchfield's front porch swing.

It's a modest but art historically important home. Burchfield made many of his powerful early paintings peering out through its windows at the neighborhood. Below is a vine charcoal drawing I made standing at the rear of his yard looking back at the house. At the far left of my drawing is a long one-story house that Burchfield would paint repeatedly.

Check out the complete illustrated blog post at http://philipkochpaintings.blogspot.com/2015/08/salem-ohio.html

 

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