Thursday, September 20, 2018

It's the little things

'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.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Not fake news

'Threatened' 11x14" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

We all love the owls.

Most owls live in forests
The Northern Spotted owl
lives in old growth forests

but we're cutting them all down.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

carry on smartly

'Good Schooling'  Brooch, 4x4.5" sterling silver, gouache, 
graphite, mica;  Kathleen Faulkner 

The power is in the numbers.


Friday, July 27, 2018

I like to believe

'Journey' 18x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

One can guarantee that
the only constant is change.

We are all the same
yet we are different.

The darkest hour is 
just before the dawn.

'Journey' 18x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

humans are very adaptable

'Another Look' 9x20" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulokner

Being able to see over a distance
is a wonderful thing.

I remember coming home from the Aleutians after a few years there.

The evergreens that I grew up with 
made me claustrophobic for awhile.

I had become accustomed 
to a very different lifestyle.

This can happen with current events, as well.  
we get used to a new level of insanity
pretty soon it seems normal

Sunday, June 3, 2018

things we see

'The Burn' 8x8" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 It was a bad year for fires

the burned areas were becoming miles of dark, 
beautiful patterns
 as we traveled along and the scenery flew by

'The Burn II' 8x8" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Sunday, May 6, 2018

the other side

'East Side' 21x17" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 It is a different world. 

the smell is warm and the palette, too

  sometimes you can see forever

'Side View' 21x17" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rainworks Art Trail

rough sketch

cutting out the stencil


‘Water is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms.

Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface.

It is vital for all known forms of life.

Safe drinking water is essential to humans and other lifeforms even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients.

Ditches and storm drains do not connect to a treatment system, so everything that flows down the drain goes directly to the nearest water body, ultimately flowing into the ocean.’ *

Be mindful of what you toss.  It could end up in a stomach somewhere.

Rainworks project includes stencils located throughout Mt Vernon, WA by seven artists in conjunction with the Skagit Conservation District and Mt Vernon, WA.
My stencil can be viewed on a rainy day in front of City Hall.
More information and a map of the locations are available at 
or pick up a map at TriDee Arts in downtown Mt Vernon, WA.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

the complications of living

'Ghost Pipes' 18x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

If one lives long enough
one says goodbye to many of one's friends.

I've been saying goodbye 
 to friends lately.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

wild animals don't really like humans

'Ready'  16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 I see him on my walk.   

Sometimes I watch him from a distance
doing his work

Mostly though,
 he sees me and readies for flight
thinking about safety.

I come too close 
Then he's gone. 


Sunday, January 28, 2018


'Apartment Complexity' front-back, ring size 6.5-7
2x1.25x.25" sterling silver, colored pencil, graphite, 
ink, found gasket, mica;  for the show,
'Right On! Rites, Rituals, Remembrances' 
Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Kathleen Faulkner

We lived in apartments in the city.
I learned to be quiet at a very early age 
so as not to disturb the neighbors.
All around me was the noise of the city.
It was background.


As a small child 
with family from the deep South
I heard stories
that made me afraid.
Later I learned about diversity 
It opened up my eyes 
and made the world 
a more interesting place.

 'A House of Many Colors' brooch, 4x1.5"
sterling silver, found object, colored pencil,
mica;  for the show, 'Right On! Rites, Rituals,
Remembrances' Facere Jewelry Art Gallery,
Kathleen Faulkner

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Greetings from the Skagit

from my home to yours;  Kathleen Faulkner

It's been a difficult year.
I've had worse
but it's been a while.

The good thing about a new year is
and I have it!

I raise my glass and toast to YOU!

Here's to Peace, Joy, 
good Health and 
for us all! 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

these are trying times

'Boo'Ya Moon' 24x50" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

There are places that draw us in.
They can be beautiful yet dark, places that can go black.
We choose, to a degree, whether or not to go there.

I think most people want to be good.
I think some people go into a dark place but are still good.

Then there are a few that just that go there.

Monday, September 11, 2017

it's seasonal

'That Afternoon Breeze'  20x20" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

In these warm last days of summer
I am noticing the change
Light is different  moody

and the blackberries are so ripe
I try to pick them 
but they are soggy now from the first rains
others have missed the season
they won't make it past that lovely blush of pink

the leaves are starting to turn
night comes a little earlier 
and morning is beginning to show off 
it's dew covered webs

I'm lost in these thoughts
then that afternoon breeze 
comes dancing around my head
waking me up

sending me on my way.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

family business

'Teen Town' 36x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

The mother stumps
run along grids
made by men with money in mind.

A new generation emerges 
from the nourishment and energy of those mother stumps

and life goes on.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

saving the world

'Horsetails' 16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 The horsetails were our handy tools when we played outside as kids.
I usually used them as swords.  
They worked well.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

soft green

'Forest Life' 16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I remember, as a kid, 
always having to touch the moss as I'd walk in the forest. 
I would imagine wrapping myself
in sheets of soft green moss, 
curling up and taking a nice long nap. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017


'An Organic Matter'  16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It's usually overwhelmingly green in the forest.
Sometimes I have to stop and look in order to see.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

another story

'Under Story' 24x48" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It is a slow start to Spring:
cold and record rainfall here.

It is good for our water supply and the under story
which, in turn, 
is good for us.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

shades of grey

'Winter Woods' 18x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It's been a long winter.

I appreciate the cold, white light but
I look forward to Spring and a little more color.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Life during wartime*

"Pay Close Attention"  12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I didn't see her at first.  

Then, the weird feeling stopped me and I backtracked.  There she was sitting quietly, majestically.  

Non human beings are innocent and have no voice.  
It is our duty as stewards of the earth to speak for them.  

*'Life During Wartime', Talking Heads

Thursday, January 19, 2017

a day in the life

'A Day in the Life' 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner
It is early. 
Fog horns sound in the distance.

Hawk lands on a pole and
surveys the field
planning her strategy for the morning kill.

It's a daily thing.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hope Springs Eternal*

blank slate, as they say

 New Year
my favorite holiday
it is so hopeful

clean up time

This last year was not so horrible
Some good things happened.

I'll have to work harder this year
more obstacles 

I can do it.

Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man *

Monday, December 26, 2016

stranger in a strange land*

'Cosmos' 20-24" chain, colored pencil, mica, paper, sterling silver;  Kathleen Faulkner
 2016 is coming to an end.

Soon it will be a new year
filled with uncertainties.
I distract myself with art and good sci-fi.
Earth is starting to feel claustrophobic.
The cosmos calls.


Monday, December 12, 2016

deep in it

'Northwest is Best'  16x20" oil pastel on panel;  Kathleen Faulkner

These are dark times.

I look out to the west
dark clouds have lifted over the Olympics

To the east, the North Cascades shine
  beneath the dark, brooding sky
  It brings to mind a line from a poem, as it often does,

and  'I am blinded by it's splendor'.*

*'What is the Beautiful'  Kenneth Patchen

Monday, October 17, 2016

Life in the Skagit

'Heading Out' 16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

No matter which road I travel around here, 
there's always something to see

and it's always different.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

a glimpse

'High End' 24x48" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Summer is coming to a close but 
it's been a good run this year.

Soon these mountains will be covered in snow 
and this area will be 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A tradition

 STEAMROLLER Printmaking, 2016 has now come and gone. 
It has been an Anacortes Arts Festival event in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

It's becoming a tradition 

silk ready to lift off lino, Kathleen Faulkner
Printing a 3x4' linoleum block is not easy.  

This year we worked with white silk.  Wind was a factor but:
Three days, ten artists and volunteers per day
and good teamwork got the job done!

My print, 'Baker's Dozen' 4x3' woodblock ink on linoleum,  printed on silk.  In the background: Dee Doyle's two herons print;   Kathleen Faulkner                                                                                            

Friday, July 8, 2016

weather or not

'Morning After'  24x36" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner  

La Nina is expected.

 My sweater keeps me warm 
on this chilly, wet July day.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Looks can be deceiving

'North of Here'  18x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

The mudflats call to me.

Like a meditation, I gaze out at them and time stands still.
From where I stand, they look so firm and steady
but I know that if I were to walk out there 
I'd sink to my hips.