On the Mendocino Headlands painting the Presbyterian Church during the 2 hour " Quick Draw" event.
This past week about 80 artists descended upon the village of Mendocino, for a marathon of Plein Air paint slinging. I'd never done one of these before and was humbled by the incredible talent that competed. But I did it, and learned a lot. Thank you to the Mendocino Art center for hosting the event.
In 1956, fresh out of college, my parents, Jim and Joan LeMieux, took teaching jobs in a remote village on the Yukon River. No electricity or running water, accessible only by bush plane. My mother and I are compiling a collection of photos, letters and artifacts from the roughly 2 years spent in the area of Fortuna Ledge, in the then, territory of Alaska. Fortunatly, the handmade parkas, and mukluks have survived, along with my dad's rifle and snowshoes. A metal slide box has gone missing, possibly lost in estate sale in Longview, Washington in the 1990's. Hopefully it can be located as it contained a large collection of images. But in the meantime I have about dozen wonderful kodachrome slides.
My contribution to the Art Car Project. A drowsy mermaid with listing towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. Oil on Canvas.
I may never get to "Burning Man" but at least one of my painting will.
This digital painting's title " watch your step " refers to the barely readable sign on the steps of the train car. This broken shell of a train sits in back of the historic company store building in Ft. Bragg ( California )
A show of this and other new work is on display at the Mendo Bistro Restaurant inside and upstairs at The Company Store.
In 1976 I lived near the abandoned Western Washington State Mental Hospital, in Lakewood, Washington. I entered through a broken basement window and shot these pictures. The site is now part of a county park and some of the buildings are still standing. This is where Frances Farmer was treated with electroshock therapy, and more than a few lobotomies were preformed. At the time I took these photos it had been abandoned for about 10 years. I didn't see any leather restraints, icepicks or straightjackets. Just piles of metal beds, broken wheelchairs and barred windows. It felt very sad.
New work for October, this piece is at my Show at Toto Zaida in Ft. Bragg.
oil on board with gold toned frame
Over the years I've probably done a dozen paintings of this wonderful house which overlooks Tomales Bay, near Marshall, California.
8 x 10 oil on linen.
Available soon at the Bodega Landmark Studio Gallery, in Bodega , Ca.