Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Cloud Over Buildings, circa 1917; watercolor and gouache on paper, 19 1/2 x 18 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives
Charles Burchfield, Journals, February 11, 1915
Friday, February 14, 2020
I think I see nature with a more complicated eye than earlier. Where once a fleet of clouds blown by a wind across the ragged sky was enough for me, and now I look at it, troubled how best to put it down "on canvas." When this—the grammar of expression—has become as much a part of me as seeing, then can I return to my simpler sight.
Charles Burchfield, February 11, 1915