Thursday, January 19, 2017
Sunday, January 1, 2017
|blank slate, as they say|
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
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.
Monday, December 26, 2016
|'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
|'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
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
|'Fly by Night' brooch with converter, 2x3" sterling silver, colored pencil, mica; Kathleen Faulkner|
I put the umbrella in it's stand and began to open it.
I saw something small and furry in the folds.
As I got up close for a better look it suddenly hissed.
I was taken aback
and then it flew away.
Small, mysterious bug eating mammal
Our world is a better place with this little bat in it.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
|'Greetings from Saturn' earrings 1.5" diameter, sterling silver, colored pencil, mica; Kathleen Faulkner|
I have been working on my jewelry show coming up at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle. It is called Nocturne and will be featured June 15 through July 5, 2016.
It is about life and events that happen in the night.
I've been at it awhile.
The longer I work on it, the farther out into space I go.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
|'Into the Woods' 54x38" oil pastel on paper; Kathleen Faulkner|
Occasional Gallery Presents:
Featuring work by Pacific Northwest Artists
Evan Clayton Horback
Opening Reception April 9, 2016, 2-5pm
Open weekends and by appointment through May 8, 2016
16788 Peterson Road, Burlington, WA
Sunday, February 21, 2016
|'Hunting Season' 24x36" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner|
The slough in Edison is full of ducks during hunting season.
They know the safe places.
Hunting season cramps my style, too.
No walks on the dike.
One can hear gunshots in the distant fields.
Camo and over sized trucks show up everywhere.
I'm always happy when the season is over.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
|'Girl with Pacific Frog Prince' shadowbox 6x6" graphite,|
gouache, paper, wood, glass; brooches: 'Pacific Frog Prince'
1.5" diameter, sterling silver, paper, gouache, glass lens, 'Orb'
1"diameter, sterling silver, paper, gouache, glass lens
Please join us for 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered'
This jewelry show at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle is opening February 3, 2016 from 5 to 8pm
and running through the 23rd.
Also, Guy Anderson and Skagit Women Print and Friends
at Schack Art Center in Everett, WA on now and running through
Friday, December 18, 2015
|This is my year round christmas tree. Kathleen Faulkner|
I always felt bad at the end of Christmas. The tree would die.
I preferred the lovely christmas trees to live and grow.
My solution to the issue was a light/ornament filled kitchen lit up all through the winter.
No muss, no fuss, no dead tree yet an abundance of light!
Happy, Merry Everything!
Cheers to the Light!
Friday, December 11, 2015
|gouache drawings on wood, approx 6x4"; Kathleen Faulkner|
One can always find something good in the free wood bin at Smith Vallee Woodworks. I check often.
These small gouache drawings are done on some of that free wood. They are part of the Objectification 8 show at Smith Vallee Gallery in Edison through December.
|'On Any Given Day, 22x32" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
Down the street, i.e. Gallery hosts the LUMMI Show. It's a Beauty that includes 13 artists' works on view through December 27th.
|'Afterlife' 16x20" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
Across the street, Shop Curator is currently showing a few of my oil pastels.
Please support your local artists, galleries and small businesses.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
|'Mistletoe' ornament for Holiday Show at Facere Gallery|
1.25" diameter, sterling silver, paper, gouache, mica;
Friday, November 27, 2015
|'Flora' necklace 18-22" long sterling silver|
paper, ink, graphite, watercolor, mica;
It is the Season.
Today is 'Black Friday'.
People are rushing in hoards to the big box stores.
There is an alternative:
Support your local artists, craftsmen, galleries,
independent book stores and shops.
Consider spending locally and let's keep the money in our communities.
Here's wishing you a stress free and joyous Holiday Season!
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
|'On Any Given Day' 18x32" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
As one travels north along the water around here one can see Lummi in many different poses. Usually there is a cloud capping the top. Sometimes fog turns it mysterious. Whatever the weather, that volcanic looking mountain is always there.
i.e. gallery presents:
The singular power of Lummi Mountain
and how its presence plays out in the art of northwest artists
Toni Ann Rust
November 20th - December 27th, 2015
Saturday, November 21st, 5-8 pm
5800 Cains Court
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
It is said that health and longevity follow those who wear pearls.
The oldest known gem is a pearl dating back to around 520 B.C. It is on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Knights going into battle would wear pearls as a symbol of strength and spirit, courage and protection.
The sheen is called orient luster.
a lush organic gem
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
|'Trillium' brooch 2" diameter, sterling silver, gouache,|
paper, glass lens, Kathleen Faulkner
I remember finding trilliums in the woods and being thrilled: the Find. Now one can buy the plants at nurseries and plant them in the shady part of the yard.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
|'Indicator Species Series: Whooping Cranes' post earrings,|
1.5" diameter, sterling silver, paper, ink, watercolor, colored
pencil, mica; Kathleen Faulkner
Whooping cranes are the tallest North American birds. They're named after their sound, they can live up to 30 years and they are endangered.
Because of unregulated hunting and loss of habitat, at one time, there were as few as 21. Now, thanks to conservation efforts, there is a limited recovery: around 437 as of 2011.
Whooping cranes are an indicator species of wetland health.
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
― Theodore Roosevelt
Sunday, September 13, 2015
|'Indicator Species Series: Mussels' 2.5" diameter, sterling|
silver, paper, colored pencil, mica; Kathleen Faulkner
'An indicator species is any biological species that defines a trait or characteristic of the environment. For an example, a species may delineate an ecoregion or indicate an environmental condition such as a disease outbreak, pollution, species competition or climate change. Indicator species can be among the most sensitive species in a region, and sometimes act as an early warning to monitoring biologists.'
Here is a short list:
Mussels, clams and oysters are susceptible to toxins, pollutants and minute changes in environmental conditions.
Mosses often indicate acid soil.
The northern spotted owl indicates old growth forests.
Lichens are indicators of low air pollution.
Tubificid worms are indicators of sewage seepage. (does Victoria, Canada have an abundance of these?)
Adult frogs and toads absorb through their skin and are indicators of water pollution.
Salmon are an indicator species for wetland ecosystems
Non-Alaskan grizzly bears are indicators of mountain ecosystems, measuring the health and diversity of the ecosystem.
In the pacific northwest, the environmental health of estuaries is monitored by the indicator species of eel grass.
Kelp is a foundation species and can be used as an indicator of other species occurring in the environment.
Maybe this is something you'll give a little thought to as you go about your day.