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.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
|'Indicator Species Series: Illuminated Kelp'|
18 - 20" chain, 2 - 2.5" diameter discs
Neckpiece, sterling silver, paper, gouache,
watercolor, glass lenses; Kathleen Faulkner
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
|'Indicator Species Series: Northern Spotted Owl'|
4x3" Brooch/Pendant, gouache, paper, mica,
sterling silver, Kathleen Faulkner; photo by
I am invited to be in the show, 'Signs of Life' at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle October 7th through the 27th, 2015.
This show features the work of nine jewelry artists, each paired with a writer picked by the gallery. The journal, 'Signs of Life' combines stories with jewelry art and is in conjunction with the exhibit.
I don't know yet, who the writers are. I'm really looking forward to it all.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
|in progress 4x3' linocut; Kathleen Faulkner|
I'm almost finished with the linocut. The fish and some clean up are all that is left.
Information on this project can be found here, and in this video by Jef Morlan:
STEAMROLLER PRINTMAKING Jeff Morlan
Anacortes Arts Festival 2011
Sunday, July 5, 2015
|in process 4x3' lino; Kathleen Faulkner|
Friday I will be printing mine. Saturday and Sunday I will be in the print booth helping others make their own smaller version. Maybe I'll see you there.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
|in process: linocut 4x3' Kathleen Faulkner|
It's almost time for STEAMROLLER PRINTMAKING!
Anacortes Arts Festival has, once again, invited a group of artists to participate in this fun event. This will be our third year. We will be printing all three days: August 7th through the 9th, 10 to 5pm down by the port dock on Commercial Ave. It's quite a sight to watch.
As you can see, I have a lot left to do. I'd better get to work!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
|'After the Rains' 16x20" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
I am so pleased to announce two shows in July.
Becky Fletcher, Chris Theiss and I will be showing at Smith Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA July 3rd through the 26th, opening July 11th, 5-8pm.
Also, I am honored to be showing with Margy Lavelle, Allen Moe, Heidi Epstein and Michael Clough in 'Convergence: 5 Skagit Artists' at the Virginia Inn in Seattle, WA. The show runs July 2nd through the month of August. The opening is July 2nd, 5 - 8pm.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
|Earrings, calcite, sterling silver; Kathleen Faulkner|
Once upon a time, while hiking up in the northern New Mexico mountains, we came upon an old calcite mine. It had been closed for years but the rock was scattered everywhere. The sun, filtering through the trees, and a slight breeze made those rocks sparkle.
I felt like I was in a dream as I sat on the ground picking up pieces of rock. The day, the sun, the smells of pine and pinion and all these beautiful stones sparkling like diamonds..
Calcite comes from the shells of dead marine organisms. That means that at one time, long ago, that area in Northern New Mexico was ocean.
Many things have come from those bones of the dead: cement, limestone, marble, medicines, fertilizer and the most amazing of all: lenses. The now extinct trilobite used clear calcite crystals to form the lenses of their eyes.
All that and more from shells.
Imagine what we haven't discovered yet
what we don't know.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
|'Branching Out' brooch 7x3" coral, sterling silver; |
I found several odd shaped branches and wondered what I should do with them.
One thing led to another and, before I knew it, I had a slew of stick pins. Then I decided to draw the sticks. Then I remembered this piece of coral.
I guess you could say that I'm branching out.
|'Stick' pins various sizes, wood, sterling silver;|
|'Stick' pin gouache, mica,|
sterling silver; Kathleen Faulkner
|'Stick Pin, Too' gouache, mica|
sterling silver; Kathleen Faulkner
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
|'An Early Summer' 12x12" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
mud / med
*n. soft, sticky matter resulting from the mixing of earth and water.
Other words for mud include slobber, mire, ooze, muck, silt, slabber, slutch, lutulence, sloshiness and slushiness.
Mycobacterium vaccae, found in mud, is thought to be an anti-depressant.
Mice fed with mycobacterium vaccae from mud can navigate mazes twice as fast as usual.
and, never forget:
"He who slings mud generally loses ground." Adlai E Stevenson