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

'Real Life' 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. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fly by Night

'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 a back
 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

where the rings are the thing

'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

Our newest gallery

'Into the Woods'  54x38" oil pastel on paper;  Kathleen Faulkner

Occasional Gallery Presents:
Featuring work by Pacific Northwest Artists

Julie Alexander
Amy Bay
Carol d'Inverno 
Kathleen Faulkner
Helen Gable
Cable Griffith
Aaron Haba
Karen Hackenberg
Alfred Harris
Justyn Hegreberg
Evan Clayton Horback
David Kane
Ken Kelly
Perry Kopchak
Margy Lavelle
Steven LaRose
Fiona McGuigan
Jef Morlan
Serrah Russell
Peter Scherrer
Emily Wobb

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

rumblings in Paradise

'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

near Blanchard

'There's this Place' 24x36" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

We all have those places where we go to think.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


'Heading Home'  8x8" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

February is Bird month in the Skagit.  
The birders come from everywhere to view the spectacle.

One day I counted 28 eagles while slowing to a crawl to drive around the huge flock of snow geese along the road.  

I smiled all day.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Bird's Life

'Baby Contemplates'  16x14" oil pastel;
Kathleen Faulkner

It is a cold, foggy morning that chills the bones.
I walk faster to warm up
all the while watching the baby heron contemplate.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

It's a New Year

'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
February 27th.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Solstice is almost here

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

Life in Edison

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.  

Edison is only a couple blocks long but it's packed with art, food and fun.  
Please support your local artists, galleries and small businesses.  
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

make love not war

'Mistletoe' ornament for Holiday Show at Facere Gallery
1.25" diameter, sterling silver, paper, gouache, mica;
Kathleen Faulkner

In Norse mythology,  Baldur, god of the summer sun and son of Odin and Frigg, was killed by an arrow made of mistletoe.  Frigg brought him back from the dead.  Crying with happiness, her tears became the white berries that can be seen on mistletoe today.  Frigg then declared mistletoe a symbol of love and that no harm should befall any who stand under it, only a kiss, a token of love.

Friday, November 27, 2015

just a thought

'Flora' necklace 18-22" long  sterling silver
paper, ink, graphite, watercolor, mica;
Kathleen Faulkner

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

Field Work

'Field Work' 36x32" oil on canvas;  Kathleen Faulkner

There are a lot of contributors to the well being of a field.
good dirt full of life

The same holds true for most things.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Cloud Catcher

'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

Ed Kamuda
Clayton James 
David Kane 
Toni Ann Rust
David Hall
Louise Kikuchi
Max Emminger
Chris Wardenberg-Skinner
Jef Gunn
David Blakesley
Karen Hackenberg
Margy Lavelle
Kathleen Faulkner

November 20th - December 27th, 2015
Artist's reception
Saturday, November 21st, 5-8 pm

5800 Cains Court
Edison, WA 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The ocean's rainbow

'Pearl' earrings 1" diameter, sterling silver, paper, gouache,
watch glass lenses; Kathleen Faulkner

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

The forest thanks the great Rain God

'Cumulus' earrings, 1" diameter  sterling silver, paper, gouache,
watch glass;  Kathleen Faulkner

The clouds have returned to the Northwest. 
With that comes rain.  

We are most grateful.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Here it is.

Poem: Anne McDuffie, brooch/pendant  Kathleen Faulkner,
Photo of brooch:  Larry Bullis

'Branch' Anne McDuffie

This says it.

'Signs of Life' journal cover, neckpiece
Kat Cole,  Facere Jewelry Art Gallery

Friday, October 2, 2015


'Trillium' brooch 2" diameter, sterling silver, gouache,
paper, glass lens,  Kathleen Faulkner

My family spent a lot of time in wilderness.  That was a long time ago when there was a lot more wild.

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.  

Times change.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Here is my Excitement:

North wall, Skagit Valley College Gallery; photo: Ellen Michael

South wall, Skagit Valley College; photo: Ellen Michael

This show at Skagit Valley College is currently up now through October 30, 2015.  
I am happy to be there.  

Poster for the show;
photo:  Ellen Michael

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Life of a bird.

'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

Sunday, September 13, 2015

It's a what?

'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

Did you know?

'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

Life as we know it.

'A Red Herring' 2x4" brooch, sterling silver, paper, gouache,
watercolor, mica;  Kathleen Faulkner

So many distractions and so little time.

I'm grateful to be focused on art these days; It took a long time to get here.  
Life's been a roller coaster ride.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Signs of Life

'Indicator Species Series: Northern Spotted Owl'
4x3" Brooch/Pendant, gouache, paper, mica,
sterling silver,  Kathleen Faulkner; photo by
Larry Bullis

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

kelp beds

'Kelp Beds' 4x3' STEAMROLLER print on
fabric;  Kathleen Faulkner

I read a lot of science fiction when I was a kid.  It allowed me to consider miracles. 

Here's to the kelp beds, the salmon and bear
and to all species non human.

Here's to the wild!  
May it live on forever!