Friday, December 09, 2005

More Coos Bay photos

Jim got up before dawn and took some wonderful night photos. Here are a few of my favorites....the Coos Bay Boardwalk...a sleeping marina...dawn at the fishing pier...

And he even took a photo of my favorite plant...Pampas Grass! We used to play with these as kids, breaking off the tall stalks and using them in mock swordfights. To me, they are so tall and elegant...a very decorative shape, with that feathery flag flying at the top!

Coos Bay, Oregon

We took a trip over to Coos Bay, Oregon in October. Here are a few of my favorite photos Jim took.

Don't know why, but this old crumbling dock intrigues makes me think about times past...memories...the passage of Mom and Dad loved living on the off the docks early in the stirs up bittersweet emotions...I plan to do a painting of it in the future.


Duck, Duck...Goose!

Of course we had to feed the ducks at a little park during our trip to Coos Bay, OR. This big goose was quite at home, strutting around confidently looking for breakfast.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Adventures of Bike Bear!

These are pics of the motorcycle helmet I painted for my sweetie, Jim. I used Genesis Heat-set Oils, with an automotive spray-0n protective coating. What fun these paints are to use! Like painting with oils for the artist, and looks like oils for the viewer. But NO fumes from turps...and they dry by applying heat, which causes a chemical change and instant drying. Love them!! Enjoyed playing with this Folk art style, too. :-)

Enjoy looking!

Adventures of Bike Bear Continues....

Bike Bear

Sunday, November 06, 2005


"Life is a journey we choose".

I like that quote. I am on a journey, and I am learning it's important to "Enjoy the Journey", not only the destination. Maybe this is why I like the photographs that my sweetheart, Jim, takes of Paths. Here is one that I find mysterious, lush and intriguing. It makes me want to BE there...

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Little Cat, Big Dreams

Butterfly was a rescued kitty. She almost died, but with love and care, and her own spunky personality, she made it.

She was my inspiration for the painting I did on this 3ft tall fiberglass cat-shaped sculpture. It was a fundraiser for C.A.T.S. (Committed Alliance To Strays) called "Pawsing for Art". Sold at auction for $1100!!

The colors are more vibrant in person, but you get the general idea!

Thanks for reading,

Monday, October 31, 2005

Art by Retta

Art by Retta

Things moving slow here...learning a new operating system: Tiger, for Mac! More to come soon...