Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Orion and the Moon, 1917; Watercolor, charcoal, colored pencil, and gouache on joined paper, mounted on board, 23 1/2 x 35 inches, Signed and dated lower right, Chas Burchfield, 1917; Private Collection
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, November 14, 1952
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Awake at 3:30 – up finally at 4:15 & start to get ready.
Off at 6:00. – A beautiful hour – the last moon crescent high in the southeast; Orion setting in the west.
Across Canada. (Routes – 3 – 19 – 2 – 22 – & 7) – as dawn was breaking. Heavily frosted fields. Roadside bunches of trees, beautiful rich golden ochre with pure green depths.
“Lace-gable” houses. One with Norway spruces.
In Port Huron – stop to see Bertha’s Aunt Emma & Uncle Josh. Aunt Emma – 90 and wonderful bright and well-preserved. Josh obviously fading, altho his mind is unimpaired. Drove Aunt Emma down to her daughter Mabel’s home & then on. Lunch in a park by the lake. Under oak trees – our feet in oak leaves – boats on the lake –
Took 25 because it skirted the lake. An attractive drive. Many paper birches “Stands” – and some wild cedars. West on 46 – flat uninteresting country. Ran into road repairs & had to detour almost 8 miles out of our way, over rough roads.
Arrive at Caro about 4:30.
Charles E. Burchfield, November 14, 1952