“Around 1941-2. The winter beech and ledges and band of dark blue hills (snow in the foreground, of course), under one of the most beautiful and unusual skies I ever painted: repeated interweaving bands of late afternoon or early winter evening clouds in grays, blues, violets etc., light streaks of rose and ochre and paler yellow showing between them (a narrow stratum of greenish-yellow sky just over the beech tree) all very opalescent and iridescent and chromatic. A very intense poetical canvas painted from Heath window at the time I was making a number of winter beech canvases (More Snow Tomorrow, Snowing on the Hill, Winter Horizon etc.) so laid aside and not shown much even in the studio for 2 or 3 years. In the summer of 1946 when the Bauerleins (Honor Buell) of Salt Lake City, were visiting the studio, gotten out, and shown to them and they soon bought it. After it went out to them in Salt Lake City in late September, I let them name it, as an exact title had never been placed on it. They called in their poet friend, Brewster Ghiselin, who in some fanciful way got the feeling of a blue couch out of the sky bands and so named the painting! Enough said. Owned by Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Bauerlein of 1228 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.”
The current owner of this painting brought it to a Woodward presentation (2006) at the Buckland Historical Society at the Buckland Public Hall. The photograph above was taken at the 125th Celebration Exhibit (2010). It is now owned privately.
The poet Brewster Gheislin (mentioned above in the RSW Diary) published a book of his poetry named
"Against the Circle" To the Left is an image of the book given to me in 1946 and (below) is an image of the personalized note
from the author inside the cover.