Monday, June 22, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
|'Stick Pin' 4.75" sterling silver, stick; Kathleen Faulkner|
Back in the day
when running free was a given
no worries about touching
or being in close quarters
a sneeze brought a
a cough meant not too much
|Community of stick pins. Kathleen Faulkner|
We had our art openings and events
filled to the brim
hugging and laughing
the good old days.
|'COVID safe' stick pin, 4" sterling silver, paper,|
gouache, mica; Kathleen Faulkner
Today's stick pin is fully covered
no direct contact
social distancing is currently in place
as it sits in a box
on a table.
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Sunday, April 26, 2020
|'Hillside' 24x24" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner|
Springtime in the Pacific Northwest
It is especially beautiful this year
maybe it is the clean air,
or lack of humans
I walk the trails
sunshine hits the back of my head
I forget, for a moment, that life is different now:
no hugs, no kisses
always wear a mask if out and about.
I can do this.
It's not that different from my weird normal life
but I miss my friends.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
|'Slough' 24x24" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner|
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."
This oil pastel was completed
during the pandemic.
remind me of the time
we lived or died.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Friday, January 10, 2020
Friday, December 27, 2019
|'Childhood Landmarks' necklace 30" sterling silver,|
gouache, graphite, ink, mica, glass lenses;
I was born and raised in Seattle
It seems like a very long time ago
or just yesterday
depending on the day.
Many places are gone now.
Some still remain.
The links in this piece are names of meaningful
places from my childhood that no longer exist.
The drawings are of some places and things that we can still visit.
It's just a glimpse.
|'Childhood Landmarks' detail; Kathleen Faulkner|
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
|'Best Roundabout' 24x24" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner|
The first time I experienced a roundabout was in Europe in the 90s I drove the clutch on the opposite side on the two lane roundabout.
Forever after I feel empowered when it comes to roundabouts.
Here in the Skagit there are quite a few. All have unique personalities and we interact with each one differently. The Best Roundabout is, of course, on Best Road. It is handsome. Each direction gives the feeling that the road is really going somewhere. It may also be the easiest to navigate.
It has history. People who have lived here awhile remember the house on the corner with chickens in the yard under the huge willow. I always made a point to notice the tinfoil on the windows. The house is gone now but the willow still remains and so do the views, including some new ones.
It is the best.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019
|'Little Indian Slough' 10x10" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner|
One of the ways to get to Edison
is the Bayview road.
Two sloughs along the way:
Indian and Little Indian
I see them as I come and go.
The tide dictates the scene and
it is always dramatic.
It is usually a high tide when I head north
a low tide when I'm heading home.
There's a whole lot going on along that road
the sloughs are one
an added bonus to my day
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
|'Islands' 2.5x1.5" sterling silver, beach rocks; Kathleen Faulkner|
I have always lived near water.
It is a different world down below the surface.
I don't go there but I think about it.
Sometimes I wonder if the marine creatures
our strange world up top.
As I walk along lost in these thoughts
I find a wish rock.
It is my lucky day
|'Three Wishes' brooch 1.5x2" sterling silver, paper, gouache, colored pencil,|
graphite, mica; Kathleen Faulkner
Thursday, March 28, 2019
|'Minus Tide' 24x24" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner|
I like to walk along the channel at low tide.
there is so much to see and hear and smell
The Swinomish Channel connects Skagit Bay, to the south, with Padilla Bay to the north. It separates Fidalgo Island from the mainland of Skagit County.
Eleven miles long, it was once a collection of shallow tidal sloughs, salt marshes and mudflats known as Swinomish Slough.
During the Depression, the Army Corps of Engineers used dredging and diking to make it a navigable channel. It is heavily used today by many types of vessels.
I consider it one of the necessary ingredients for mental health.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
|'Edison Slough' (The Grass is Greener) 32x32" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner|
I spend a lot of time in and around Edison.
In a couple blocks one can find three art galleries, a wood shop, a printmaking studio, a bakery, deli, two taverns, two eateries and four gift shops (all completely different).
Soon there will also be a distillery.
On any given day one will run into at least a couple of artists and any number of eagles, hawks, geese, herons and ducks.
I don't know why it works but it does.
I'm grateful that this little town of Edison
has enhanced my life.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
|'Things We Need' 10x10" oil pastel; Kathleen|
I look down at the curb to see all the cigarette butts that have been tossed down
on the ground
destined for parts unknown.
Cigarette filters are made of 95% cellulose acetate, a plastic.
The balance is paper and rayon.
The thin plastic fibers look like plankton,
a food source,
to unsuspecting marine life.
a food source,
to unsuspecting marine life.