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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Nighthawks at Twilight, 1917-49; watercolor on joined paper, 33 1/2 x 47 inches; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan, Gift of the Viola E. Bray Charitable Trust, 1964.3

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Nighthawks at Twilight, 1917-49; watercolor on joined paper, 33 1/2 x 47 inches; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan, Gift of the Viola E. Bray Charitable Trust, 1964.3

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, May 16, 1915

Monday, May 16, 2016

   

 A loose misty skied morning – Midafternoon clouds break – wind curls up the whitish undersides of leaves – white + salmon thunderheads in sky –

At dusk hour sudden – darkening of air to east fleeing sunlit clouds looming orange in an emerald sky, black mass of cloud overhanging – I am excited

Westward – approaching in storm – queer blue lighten – sky – Rapid changes of swift ragged clouds – cool air – white wind – clouds

Nighthawks with buzzing chirp call sail against the Clouds – They are my storm birds – Finally whole sky becomes grey + rain pours down – occasionally remote thunder –

 

Charles E. Burchfield,  May 16, 1915 

 

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