Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday January 31, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 31, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Jan 31, 1890 The mild weather continues and it seems as tho' we are to have no winter. People cease to remark upon this exceptional season. I am not at work but wish I were for only in work is there satisfaction. But I have no impressions to work from and I find that all my work which is not based upon some strong feeling or impression is not satisfactory. I long to go out over some of the familiar ground where I have found so many motives for pictures but I can not walk about as I once did and I fear I never will again. I went to Dr. Patchins earlier today and in the evening attended the reception of the Water Color Society to which I went reluctantly but where, nevertheless I spent a pleasant and satisfactory evening. There was considerable of a crowd but I knew a good many of them. Charlie Romeyn and I were together a good part of the evening. There were many noticeable, pictures among them one by Abbey and one by Smedley. I could only glance at the collection. My little "Northern Winter" is the centre in the North side of the large gallery and many of the artists spoke of it in very flattering terms. I find ones evenings are apt to be pleasanter on such occasions when ones work meets with consideration. I stayed late and did not get to bed until midnight. I invited Charlie Romeyn to go to the Club with me tomorrow night, the monthly meeting.

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