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.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Day opens cloudy and grey with a wind from the south. By noon, as I go to lunch a fine drizzle falling blown by the wind like snow...
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Remounting & enlarging some pictures: - Study of Bertha (1937) reading from 21 x 23 to 23 x 33 –, Uprooted Tree (1920-) from 21 x 30 to 27 x 41, Storm over Irondale (1920) from 26 x 30 to 28 x 40, March Day at Gowanda (1924) From 23½ x 26 to 26 x 36.
Friday, October 22, 2021
P.M. – B & I to Chestnut Ridge Park – A chilly day with strong S.W. wind. To the western part – park and for walk up the big ravine...
Thursday, October 21, 2021
(Friday) – lovely and warm. – working on frames and (P.M.) going over my wall-paper samples for Mr. Schenk. I had forgotten so many of these designs!
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The delight of the children in this place thrilled me too.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
In the afternoon, without plane or effect, made a drawing fantasy of white birch, snowy oil, with a black “winter spirit” brooding over them...
Monday, October 18, 2021
"...There is something sinister about it. The weather is calm, lazy & misty; not a sign of rain or wind, and yet we know that a storm is far away constantly approaching..."
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Gray lowering day – light rain at times. Hank & three children over to pick up shingles – we had them stay to lunch and it was an enjoyable affair...
Saturday, October 16, 2021
A very hot day (82° by afternoon) but mitigated by a strong S. W. wind –A.M. – wrapping and packing the smaller pictures to be sent to the Rehn Gallery –Took them over after lunch –Then in the studio, studying the “New Fallen Leaves”
Friday, October 15, 2021
Bertha and I to the Big Woods, by way of Zoar Valley — A perfect day, almost a cloudless sky — The autumnal color at its height — After a season of so much confusion and frustration...