"...the pastel works - they're just fantastic. And I'm afraid that they photograph very well but you don't really appreciate the difficulty of making them until you see them up close. That as you know with pastel, you have to be very very good to make it work, because it hard to correct a mistake. With oil paint it's much easier to cover over the error. But these are really really spectacular."
Woodward almost never commented in his diary about chalk drawings although remarkable in their own right, so we often include his comments regarding the oil sibling.
"Painted about 1930. The front facade and ell of a rare old house in Leyden village. House the main subject, weather beaten old white paint, with faded battered old green blinds, very fascinating to me. I have always considered this one of my finest expressions, perfectly painted, really ?big? picture, but it has never been very popular with the public. Farmer's wife in black with black cat in front yard."
"One of my most loved canvases. House faded white, much weathered, soaking in the sun, faded green blinds. Delicate and lovely in color. Outstanding canvas."
Painted in Leyden Village, Mass. down the hill from the town hall. House still standing, refaced but essentially the same.
The whereabouts of this chalk drawing is unknown.
This drawing was exhibited at the 1929 Pynchon Gallery Exhibition along with a number of chalk drawings. Jeanette Matthews does not make the distinction in her artilce that this piece is oil on canvas.