Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), North Wind in March, 1960-66; watercolor, 47 1/2 x 59 1/2 inches; OMAA Permanent Collection, Museum of Art of Ogunquit
Charles Burchfield, Journals, Vol. 62, March 30, 1964
Saturday, March 30, 2013
I established firmly the great black North motif in the sky, with wind clouds, the largest of which is spewing forth snow-flurries – I think I have established with the relation of the wind-blown red maples in bloom, and the sky an inevitableness which every picture must have — that is, the assurance that absolutely no other arrangement could possibly be right…. This picture gives me great joy. How slowly the “secrets” of my art come to me – It seems to me I have been searching all my life for this motif of Black North combined with the wind-cloud and snow-flurry.
Charles Burchfield, March 30, 1964