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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Moon and Thunderhead, 1960; watercolor on paper, 35 x 45 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Moon and Thunderhead, 1960; watercolor on paper, 35 x 45 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Archives

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals September 7, 1916

Monday, October 7, 2019

 

     A rare day – a heavy shower at dawn – cool early morn – layer clouds – Hot hazy noon – romantic curly splatters of clouds in chalky blue-sky afternoon.  Late afternoon, sun behind cloud; emerges – a rich golden haze in air, shot with sun-rays – with noon brilliant in south to north a long line of immense thunder heads with rapidly recurring flashes of lightning from their depths.  One moment cold white, the next black; a big wind, clouds move in gigantic layers; huge moonlit fissures – Ragged moon – Black horizon –

     There is power & beauty in linking together, the sunset (as above) the glowing forth of the moon; the moonlit thunder piles to the black north, lit by lightning, in the terrific wind, & black poplars against the moonlit south; and later, an immense storm to south, the moon hidden lighting its edge, blk jagged trees, booming thunder –

Charles E. Burchfield, Sept 7, 1916 –

 

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