Charles E. Burchfield in his own words

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, August 5 - 14, 1942

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    Gas rationing registration yesterday. I have applied for additional rations - the thought of not being able to go out at least occasionally in the car is depressing.

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, August 4, 1958

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

    P.M. – In studio redding up some, and scrubbing out portions of “Fantasy of Heart” (1952) and “Cicada Woods” (1951) preparatory to making changes...

  • Charles Burchfield, Journals, August 3, 1952

    Monday, August 3, 2020

    "...(the good that I would do, I do not, and the evil I would not do, that I do) never seemed so apt and revealing of the dual nature of man..."

  • Charles E. Burchfield Journals, August 2, 1962

    Sunday, August 2, 2020

    A beautiful day; clear skies, dry air, a slight breeze, the sunlight clear and brilliant –

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, August 1, 1947

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

    My subject in a way, was a pre-conceived one. I wanted to paint the effect of sunlight coming from directly behind me, with the effect of sunrays coming from above and slanting downwards (the effect produced by perspective). I found, without trouble, an ideal place for the working out of this idea.

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, July 31, 1935

    Friday, July 31, 2020

    There is a sinister quality to a hot August wind as it sweeps up over the oat stubble, and moans thru the loose clapboards of an old barn... 

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, July 30, 1947

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    Afterwards when I went outdoors to relieve my eyes, I was alarmed to discover that all lights, including the moon had a secondary image directly below it, overlapping on the time image.

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, July 29, 1947

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    I could not free my mind of the imitations of the early part of the evening, and felt frustrated that on this one  evening, which will probably be the only one this season for “heat” lightning, I was not attune.

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, July 28, 1958

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    Out in studio in the morning a short time. P.M.- Started [working] on the Genesee Rd. Picture (1952)

  • Charles Burchfield, Journals, July 27, 1915

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    "What I need most of all now is a period of complete solitude in which I can meditate at length – It is essential to my being..."