Saturday, December 26, 2009
The Angel of Bodie: A Pioneer Story
This is Bodie, California near the Nevada border. It's a State Park now so the looting has stopped and the decay has been 'arrested', but it's not flooded with visitors. Its too far down a dirt road ( nine miles, I think) for many, and the weather is often uninviting. My Bodie scene is rearranged, but all the pieces I included are there waiting in the quiet, covered in dust in the windy hot summers and blanketed in snow in the bitter winters. The Angel actually faces the town rather than away from it, and the town is a bit bigger than this too. I've left out the mine building that dominates the scene. But this is Bodie as I think of it. And the Angel tells the story of Bodie as it must have been. Hard, unforgiving, empty.
Oil on 30"x40" Canvas.