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I have grown restive under the self-imposed regime of last Summer & Fall and this Winter – That is: working almost entirely from memory or imagination I feel the need of getting out and working in the outdoors – not copying Nature of course, but improvising and being influenced by nature, and the kind of day, etc.  After all “Cicada Song in September” could not have been painted indoors; it was an improvisation on the mood of the moment, weather season and particular spot...

I am feeling boundlessly happy – I can laugh at my morbid entry of several days ago – yet I feel so inanely joyous that I feel sure I must pay for it later...

A heavy fog at morning – Green lawns blend to light blue mists – Cleared by noon – Bright sunlight – A strong blue atmosphere; objects in middle-ground a distinct flat blue...

Most of day in studio on “hollows” picture, with not much success... 

out the lake road to Pleasant avenue to see the dog-toothed violets — In countless numbers — also a find a small colony at the base of a large tree, of spring-beauties. Most of them the deep pink variety — We agreed they were second only to hepaticas as “the” flower of spring...

Working in the yard. A clear sunshiny day, with a cool wind from the north...

Saturday, Arthur & I went alone to my “Trillium Woods” south-east of Hamburg.  It was truly a “red-letter” day for me, and I hope for him. I had long looked forward to just such a trip as this, that I would take with my boy; from the time he was a helpless baby I thought of the time when he could tramp with me in the woods. And he measured up to my highest expectations, entering into and enjoying hugely all the little things I hoped he would.

To Zoar Valley Rd. sketching—A clear warm day—Took along the 1917 enlargement in which I wanted to use rail fence. My attempt to draw the fence is unsuccessful due both to the wrong light and to the fact that I had not digested the idea...

B & I to the “Great Woods”—A fine day...

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