Saturday, September 8, 2012

L. A. Huffman, Mrs.White Elk & The Ring

This is the Artist Proof for the piece I will be doing for the Quick Finish at the 37th Annual Art Invitational and Auction on the 29th of September in Miles City, Montana. Three of us will be completing our pieces to be sold during the auction. Mine will be a 100% donation to the Art Center, and my way of telling the story of Mrs.White Elk, and although there are three images that tell the tale of this Indian Portrait, I am using the second portrait that L. A. Huffman created during one sitting in his studio.

I have to do at least a one-off to see what the finished envelope will look like, and to determine what part of the piece I can finish in an hour.

This piece is a bit rough around the edges from where I'm sitting, but I'm really never satisfied. I can tell you there will be some changes in the composition regarding type size and placement. The lower portion I have done in sepia ink comes from an early Carte de Visite that Huffman produced for sale, and several of the elements are "covered" in my effort to use a map that is right for the areas that Huffman photographed.

The Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City, Montana, holds an extensive collection of the well known Western photographer, L. A. Huffman. I wish I could show you all three of the photographs of this beautiful woman, but I have permission to use only the one that you see above.

Perhaps between now and the end of the month, I can tell you a little bit more about this fabulous photographer.


  1. It looks perfect to me! Nice of you to donate the proceeds to a good cause too.

  2. I'm so glad Seth introduced us! What a mine of images and ideas! Very stimulating! And your blog roll... Sigh!

  3. Oh this is such a cool peice! It's been a while since I have visited you! I will remedy that! So much to see! I love vintage indian photos and it is great to read a bit of history too! I remember going to the badlands on our visits to see my Canadian relatives.

  4. This is a beautiful envelope and photograph, dave. I was just re-arranging the envelopes you made for me on the studio wall today, to a better vantage point! Thank you again and good luck with this.