Charles E. Burchfield in his own words
From the age of seventeen until the end of his life, American watercolor painter Charles E. Burchfield wrote in journals that chronicled his artistic and intellectual development. These journals reveal much about his unique vision, love of nature and gift for writing. Burchfield’s passion for writing could not be contained in the journals alone. Throughout his career, his moods, ideas and personal critiques were also recorded on thousands of scraps of paper and studies for paintings as well as in letters to family, friends and colleagues. His complex and layered visual language points to a complex human being. The inner triumphs, struggles and ambitions of his career are reflected and recorded in his own words and serve as an inspiration for all.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Unable to settle down to do anything—studying the “Song of the Peterbird—preliminary mounting of the Albany sketch finish cementing on car.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Last night looking at the “Burning Stumps” I came to the conclusion that the big tree in the foreground would have to be eliminated...
Monday, April 22, 2019
"...flying curtains – rain – robins –...rainy sky rainy wind ...Rain dashing in the faces – piling of black clouds against them green elms..."
Sunday, April 21, 2019
April 21 (Easter Sunday) AM Red + Sally out – on “Easter” before Cathie left – exchange of presents etc.The church full – we had to sit in the aisle – A beautiful day –
Saturday, April 20, 2019
To the Big Woods, hoping to do a black woods interior with falling snow.
Friday, April 19, 2019
It is in the lower ravine that the real beauty of this woods is best revealed.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
At noon times, when we came out of school, the sweet fragrance of growing things was wafted to me and the pleasure of it thrilled me thru and thru.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
A Big Windy day after the storm —
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
A clear sunny day – I wanted to take Bertha to see the hepaticas but she did not feel up to it – at first I planned to “loaf” all day – but then decided to go out painting – after lunch...
Monday, April 15, 2019
The pure weather continues. Mornings cold and white with frost – Haze in the air; sparkling grass –