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Blake W. Larsen
Discussion Board for Stephen Naegle
I'm glad to see that there are a number of sights that are dedicated to Stephen Naegle. I got to know Steve over 4 summers in the early 1960's when we were both painting (and cooking) in Zion Canyon. I recall one particular morning when we were cooking together at the Zion Inn and a huge thunder storm suddenly began moving up the mouth of the canyon. Steve and I stepped out onto the back dock of the restaurant to watch the storm pass up the face of "The Watchman." Suddenly a huge water fall gushed over the edge of the canyon wall. In seconds Steve had his water color box out and in about 20 minutes completed two quarter sheet w/c's of the scene. I remember just watching in amazement as he deftly captured the forms and colors of the rain soaked canyon walls with swift, sure strokes. It was my pleasure, as well as a great learning experience, for me to watch and paint with Steve on many days of those 4 "young" summers. He was still living in his folks house at Toquerville then, and returned home there every night after work (I lived in canyon housing). I completed my B.A. at Cedar City in 1966 and then spent 3 years in the U.S. Army. On returning home after the service, I saw Steve only one more time - at Utah State University - where he was studying at the time. He was married to Montana then and I had dinner with them at their apartment in Logan. I did not see or hear anything about Steve and Montana after that time untill the news about Steve's tragic death came to me from my father who was still living in Cedar City at that time. Viewing his many water colors reproduced on these various web sights has sure brought back cherished memories for me. Thanks!!!
Website still growing
There is a website that honors the memory of Stephen Naegle, my College Art Instructor and his work. The number of works listed is now over 320 on this educational not for profit site. Stephen was a great and gifted painter and teacher. I called him a friend as well. His work shares his passion still, thanks to all who've made an effort to share their Naegles. Bruce Dickey, Russellville, Arkansas Please write me for the URL
Three small paintings
I have two watercolors, done by Stephen Naegle,I believe while still a student. I also know of at least one other small watercolor, which I gave my brother as a gift. I will be glad to photograph them and share them on teh website. I wouldn't part with them for anything.
Misel Naegles #12 and #18 watercolors
John, Enjoyed our visit. Your Naegles are very early in Stephen's career, most likely done between 16 and 18 years of age of local homes. One snowy scene with a home, the other a big home with porch, both watercolors. Congratulations on your early Naegles, Enjoy them, Bruce Dickey
What do I have?
My wife is realated to Stephen and was given two of his early paintings, most likley done in Cedar City. How can I find out when they were painted?
AskArt.com does not allow direct links to other websites, but you can probably figure out the fact that the Naegle Friends website is on the www. You may also find the link to the Naegle Friends website by searching Stephen Naegle's name in a search engine. There is also an article written by me on about Stephen Naegle who is included in Masters of Western Art a book by Mary Carroll Nelson in which Stephen is featured along with other master painters. Good luck in your searching, Bruce Dickey
With Assistance Naegle Friends Dot Org Has Grown
If you are interested in Naegle Watercolors do yourself a favor and visit this educational non-commercial site. Starting with four paintings on my wall, and with the assistance of friends and family, Stephen Naegle has a site worth looking at, by golly. It hasn't existed long, but it has grown fast and is a pearl of great price for any watercolor lover. But if you are a Naegle watercolor lover, well, it's a bit of heaven this side of glory. You'd be welcome. Thanks AskArt for this wonderful service of the Discussion Board. It's great, Bruce Dickey
I have a new email address. Old one still works but just barely. bd
Two Naegle Resources
For anyone looking for information on Stephen Naegle, look for Masters of Western Art by Mary Carroll Nelson. An additional resource is Stephen Naegle, An Essay and Catalog printed in 1988 by the Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming, Stephen's hometown. By searching the net for Stephen Naegle you may also find my website off my guitar site or a more recent addition a non-commercial educational site by Naegle Friends Organization. Any good search engine will get you there. The works catalogue now numbers 121. Thank you AskArt Site and Staff for providing invaluable links to searchers of Stephen Naegles work. It is a real asset to online searching. Best Regards, Bruce Dickey
Searching for Naegle Paintings
A few years ago you'd have been hard pressed to find anything on the net about Stephen Naegle. AskArt.com has assisted making a few connections in finding Naegle paintings. a non-commercial educational site remembers this great watercolor artist and friend. There are over seventy works listed now, some with images, Thanks, Bruce Dickey
Naegle Memorial Pages on my site
As a student of Stephen Naegle, it was easy to see his greatness as a painter. Watercolor was thought to be just a sketch medium by the great oil painters. It enabled them to quickly document colors they saw in changing nature scenes. We simply take a photograph. Naegle took this sketch medium and translated it into a total artform as have many like him. Spontaneity is a great word to describe the way Stephen painted. Of course in his mind it was probably repetitive processes he'd learned and utilized in his work. It just looked like magic to see him work. And Magical is a good description of his work. Magical Beauty.
Thanks, Bruce Dickey
I went to high school with Stephen and he was my distant cousin. I have heard he did some very good work but i cannot find any. Please let me know of anything you find. I currently live in Mesquite, Nevada.
Stephen Naegle, American Watercolor Artist
Stephen Naegle taught college art courses including ceramics, drawing, watercolor.
Two schools he worked for are Arkansas Polytechnic College now Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. The second was Casper College, Casper Wyoming. It was in Wyoming where he was killed in an auto accident. To my knowledge, he has one son. He was my instructor in Arkansas, and a friend for too short a time.