Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Orion in Winter, 1962; watercolor, white chalk and charcoal on paper on paper, 48 x 54 inches; Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 1993
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, September 5, 1962
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
In the morning looking at the “Orion in [Winter]” This is the rare time when a picture (for the moment at least) seems to have come to a successful conclusion, and I can sit and “watch” it, reveling in it; … While the composition was carefully thought out and each star’s position painstakingly calculated, still so much of it was unpremeditated, and subconsciously painted. The moment of joyous satisfaction will pass, the old dissatisfaction and self-doubt will return (as it must if an artist is to grow) but now, it is wonderful to sit and glow! I will never travel to "outer" space but I have in a measure brought the stars and constellations to me. To me, they are not remote or forbidding, but something to love.
Charles E. Burchfield, September 5, 1962