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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Trees in Winter, November 24, 1916; watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, 14 x 20 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Trees in Winter, November 24, 1916; watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, 14 x 20 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Archives

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, February 14, 1916

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb. 14, 1916 –

Read in paper where small star was Jupiter, and that they would be in exact conjunction at 4 am.

P.M – To Brandywine Falls -. The midafternoon sunlight on glistening crust of snow reveals forgotten seasons to me.  Distant rolling hills are patterned with blue trees on pale blue snow, except just below sun where it turns to glowing white –   

Falls a marvelous display.  Completely frozen over in great piles of rhythms + icicles; the banks of the ravine at the top are hung with huge masses of icicles, which glisten white against the yellow sunlit rocky cliff, about which are the red orange trees against the emerald sky.  I stayed until the yellow sunlight crawled up to the top of the cliff and disappeared; at that moment a dense blue haze poured up the valley; like Indian Summer blurring the violent energy of Autumn Color.

It is quieter around a frozen waterfall than elsewhere.

Homeward along the creaking roadway, in the afterglow, which lit up the snow with a livid pink light.  The road were the frozen-mud showed, was seem- ingly a bright yellow up against the blue haze moonlit east;   The silence following the dying of the afterglow was the most profound I ever experienced   Venus + Jupiter sparkled directly in the west.

Charles E. Burchfield, February 14, 1916

 

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