We all grow up with stories- where we came from - where we live- "history of place"- and it mingles with the lives we live. I grew up where others lived before me- and I grew up in a family that hunted and fished- it wasn't about "the taking" as it was about being in nature. My Grandfather helped to restore wildlife in the 1930's- and I learned that everything has a beginning, an end, and should be cherished. My childhood sanctuary was a hay field- I knew sunsets- and the folds in the hills like my own heart- in my home where books about the fort and village that was once there- and the artists from the east that came to paint- and I copied them with color and imagination. ( George Catlin and Karl Bodimer). The library become another haunt- I wanted to know about the history of where we live- I wanted to know more than the basic things taught in school. I wanted to know why things changed. A year after I painted this (1975?) I read a book by Mari Sandoz and it changed my view on the way things where in the culture of that time -history is not clear cut.( Book : Crazy Horse). The watercolor here was painted by me- I don't think I was thirteen yet when I painted it- . The paper is a blueprint for a Bridge Railing over Union Creek South Dakota- . My dad was a partner with Dave Gustafson Construction- and was apart of the Alaskan Highway and Interstate 90 construction. Once a project was over I was given free rein of the blue prints to draw and paint on. This disintegrating image is one of the few left- and I wanted to share before it's gone. ( I am 60's baby)
Saturday, November 23, 2013
18 x 24" Mix Media copyright N. Huehl
18 x 24" on Ampersand Cradle Board
c. Nancyjane Huehl
One of the joys of being an artist hitting fifty is getting asked to create new works- and having a good idea of approach. I have to admit I wasn't sure what I was going to paint when Mr.Steve Mix of Limestone said his favorite movie was National Lampoon's Vacation. It's been years since I saw it-. I am more of "Out of Africa , Alice in Wonderland kind of girl" and I did enjoy the recent Bond flick last year ". But- the rub is - we all need to get out ourselves and find the common ground around us and who hasn't been on a vacation gone wrong? Who hasn't been led astray by a vacation poster? Centerfold of promises. It is only down another road - we look back and see the past adventure was more than what was promised- and we would do it all over again.
We all look at maps- and images and plot our escape.
On view at Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce through January 2014
|400 N. Main Ave., Sioux Falls, SD, United States, 57104|
24 x 36 " oil Eileen and DaVinci's Dream
this is the first painting that lead to the work that now hangs in the Sioux Falls Regional Airport- . It is available - please send a private message for further details at Artworks Huehl Studios at the Crane Center
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A sketchbook of N Huehl- to the view from her first Sioux Falls Studio overlooking the Historic Stockyards Switch yard- then onto a move to her new third floor studio in the 8th and Rail Road Center
and yes Dorothy Morgan came in conversation- "enjoy the ride".