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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Bluebird and Cottonwoods (The Birches), 1917; watercolor, gouache and graphite on seamed paper, 23 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches; Private Collection

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Bluebird and Cottonwoods (The Birches), 1917; watercolor, gouache and graphite on seamed paper, 23 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches; Private Collection

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, Vol. 27B (“Extra”), April 16, 1916

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Day development to 1st Spring Thunderstorm — Cool windy manner — with wind comes heat & haze — great sweeping sky; horizon milky blue Big wind fairly roars across land; maples cast red glow in violet woods; birch (one kind) blooming — Hot white south —
Storm approaches at late dusk — a curved solid mass of cloud — blue grey whitish edge — form N.W. Moon in southeast surrounded by peculiar orange glow & fades away — lightning plants visions of black houses up against sky — wind & rain come in a furious rush — rain spray whitens streets, — lightning from N. lights up houses — Rages 2 hrs. The sound of waterfalls in the air — Angleworms —
Picture —
Maples, birches, Cottonwoods in speckled bloom; flowers up; hot white wind from southwest — followed, after a haze moonrise by a terrific thunderstorm

 

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