Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), In the Deep Woods, 1918-56; watercolor on joined paper, 33 x 45 inches; Private Collection
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, April 3, 1952
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Unable to sleep last night – anxious for [today’s] trip to the woods; and mulling over the problem of teaching. Finally B heard me & came in – it was good to pour out my troubles to her sympathetic ear – she heated milk for us & I finally fell asleep.
Up at 8:00. – determined to go out altho [sic] the weather report is for showers at intervals.
B packs lunch & I set off – good to be driving southwards. Raining some already.
Stop a moment at a ravine – the elemental sound of a brooklet –
Arrive at the Big Woods. –
For a stroll – the woods wonderful and deep with the mystery of north woods –
I planned to sketch after lunch, but before I got back to the car, it began to rain – almost as once it changed to snow & soon a small blizzard was raging – I sat in the car, listened to the radio & ate my lunch (cold chicken etc. very delicious.).
The sky cleared & I had hopes of being able to paint after all – took another short walk in the woods, and was all the more turned by its somber foreboding – But before I could return again, another blizzard raging – So I gave it up and headed for home. –
At Gardenville all is clear – no rain –.
Letter from Gino – he wants action at once & wants me again to do the dirty work.
We decide to go to Buffalo to see a movie – Hank in to get molding for frames.
Charles E. Burchfield, April 3, 1952