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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Storm at Sunset, 1959; watercolor, 33 x 55; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Storm at Sunset, 1959; watercolor, 33 x 55; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Archives

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, Vol. 60, June 15, 1961

Saturday, June 15, 2013

P.M. – to Gardenville Elementary School to show my paintings to and talk to the sixth grade pupils –…The event proved to be one of the happiest and most rewarding experiences of my entire career.

I picked out the following paintings

1. The Constant Leaf (1959)

2. Arctic Owl and Winter Moon (1959)

3 - Spring Thunderstorm (1961)

4 - Wild Bleeding Hearts (1961)

5 - Trout Lilies (1948-61)

6 - The Green Lane (1961)

7 - Storm at Sunset (1959)

8 - Hot July Wind (1955-60)

9 - Sun Images (1952)

10 - Falling Leaves – 1955-59

11 - Orion in December (1959)

12 - The Peace of Christmas (1917-47)

13 - The Christmas Tree – (1959 – of the 1958 Christmas)

(Inasmuch as these were all nature themes with seasonal over-tones, I arranged them in a calendar sequence.)

First the honor pupils line up and recited their appraisals of the pictures that had been chosen as favorites of the two classes – (The choices were significant – all were nature themes, and Miss Munn said even the ones that failed to get a majority vote were also pure nature –)

The pictures they chose were:

Dandelion Seed-Balls & Trees (1917)

Cricket Chorus in the Arbor (1917)

The Three – Trees – (1932-1946)

September Wind & Sunlight (1953)

Moonflowers at Dusk (1952)

Winter Moonlight –(1951)

Their descriptions, brief and to the point, had been committed to memory, and they delivered them charmingly.

Charles E. Burchfield, June 15, 1961

 

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