My not nearly as manly contribution came later. I planted creeping thyme, alpine strawberries, lavender and we moved ferns around from the nearby forest.
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"All the essential elements of Burchfield's work, including his conviction and his acute sensitivity to the world around him, were evident from the beginning. His preferred medium was always watercolors. In the tradition of artists like Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh and Albert Pinkham Ryder, he drew and painted flowers, birds, clouds and trees not as he saw them but as he felt them, wildly, expressively, with his own sense of color and scale. Though the world around him was just as animate as Ryder's and van Gogh's, however, it was never alien, as theirs could be. From the beginning, almost every tree and cloud in a Burchfield painting seems to hear the same rhythm, to fall under the same mood."
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