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.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
|'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
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018
|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 http://www.skagitcd.org/
or pick up a map at TriDee Arts in downtown Mt Vernon, WA.