Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Sunburst in December, 1915; watercolor and pencil, 20 x 14 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Archives
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, November 11, 1963
Saturday, November 11, 2017
A cool sparkling morning –
I went to the studio and tried to work — but the sunlight and cloudless sky outside kept nagging at me – and I suggested to Bertha (who was doing the washing) we go to Niagara Falls for lunch, to which she joyfully assented –
I did however, first examine my projected changes in the “October Sunburst” made Saturday and came to a conclusion: it will be enlarged from 45x54 to 50 x 60.
Left for the Falls after 12:00 –
By this time, clouds were gathering, both high “mackerel” clouds and cumuli — with very dramatic lighting of both clouds and the earth –
Lunch at Sheraton-Brock – then for a drive down river to the oak woods near Niagara-on-the-Lake. Parked here, and gathered some waxy tan oak leaves –
Then homeward bound — Extremely tired so that I scarcely enjoyed the drive.
When we got home I found the following note on my desk.
11-11-63 (a bushel basket of useless cement became hardened) in the shed too heavy for me to lift)
Played today at various times – The “Virtual Trumpet” by various 17th & 18 century composers (Handel, Purcel[l], Clark, Vivaldi, Torelli, Corelli, Gabrielli).
Robert Shaw chorale on tom –
The Trumpet record one of exquisite beauty infinitely varied (the trumpet) from one composer to another.
End of day music – Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 –
Charles E. Burchfield, November 11, 1963