Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Sweet Pea Mood, 1917 (reworked 1954-55); watercolor and crayon on paper laid down on board, 23 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, Volume 41, August 31, 1938
Saturday, August 31, 2019
It is curious how, in writing down the impressions of a trip one is apt to forge some special incident, important at the time. On the trip to “Milsom Manor” — [August 26, 1938] I found growing in the sandy bank up on the bluff, what I believe must be the almost legendary (to me) wild sweet-peas that have haunted my memory since I left Ashtabula Harbor. I was really excited about them, and dug up several plants to bring home. Are these indeed the same? My memory, which goes back over 40 years in time, conjures them up, as being rich mauve or blue-violet in color, whereas these are purplish pink.
Charles E. Burchfield, August 31, 1938