Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Brooding Bird, 1919 (1963); watercolor on paper, 22 x 29 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, March 17, 1963
Sunday, March 17, 2019
March – 17 – Sunday –
A wonderfully mild day, with alternating periods of sunshine and rain –
Just before church-going time, the creek started flooding; not very much ice going out –
After church to Old Orchard for dinner (They just opened for the season yesterday) –
A very nice time – there were not many people there, so the Roof’s were able to visit with us. We talked of everything, including bird-feeding, and reminiscing about Wilson Manner and many other things – They have converted screened in porches to another dining room, with a small bar, new comfortable furniture, very attractive – Mr. Roof built the bar himself. They were a little worried about adding the bar, fearing that some people might think it “spoiled the atmosphere.” We did not think it would – inasmuch as it was off to the end, separated from the main dining-room by a wide hall –
A heavy rainstorm came up while we were there followed shortly by a burst of sunshine.
Among the birds that came to the feeder, all winter, was one robin. I was fortunate enough to see him feeding – Altho I knew he had never gone south, the sight of him meant spring.
Home about 4:00 – To studio, where I made a drawing for the “Brooding Bird”
Charles Burchfield March, 17, 1963