Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), For the Beauty of the Earth, 1959; watercolor on paper, 33 x 44 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives
Charles Burchfield. Journals, July 20, 1959
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Slept until noon! PM Bertha and I for a drive below Springville and west of East Otto. A glorious day full of beautiful sights and impressions it seems impossible to put them down rationally.
It was raining when we started out; the sky overcast and to the south whither we were heading, we could see that a huge thunderstorm was in progress. As we drove further south we ran into heavy torrential rain, and we arrived in the Boston Valley just after the storm had passed, leaving in its wake, fallen telegraph poles that lay halfway across the road. Traffic was jammed, and a detour by way of the Back Creek Rd. ordered by the troopers. Instead of taking the Creek road we went upland to the Zimmerman road, and then to the Trevett Rd. by way of Wagner Rd., and then over the Moore Rd. to Genesee Rd.The country to the east was beautiful; the sky torn and ragged after the storm, a mass of white wind-clouds just shining above the Cole Road Hill; and beyond that to the southeast the horizon glowing with long bans of cloud blurred by distant sunshine further away.
Charles Burchfield. July 20, 1959