Thursday, September 24, 2020


'Vignette' 14x17" graphite;  Kathleen Faulkner


a slender shoot of a tree
a small, dry, woody piece fallen from a branch

to see; perceive
to understand


Sunday, September 20, 2020


'Squall' 17.5x34" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I am thinking about this strange and dangerous year
as I sit on a log and look out at the sea

Nature is not happy with we humans

Friday, August 7, 2020

Nautical Twilight

'Nautical Twilight' 29x28" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner 

two different worlds,
night and day

each as full
in different ways

Friday, July 24, 2020

B is for Brooch

A Bevy of Brooches various sizes, sterling silver, driftwood, pottery shard,
colored pencil;  Kathleen Faulkner

It is nearing the end of July
cool and cloudy weather
We are lucky, though, 
while the rest of the country burns up.

On this early afternoon
The sun starts peaking through the clouds
building patterns.

I am grateful to be here. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

here's a thought

'Thought Bubble' brooch 2.25x1.25" sterling silver, paper, ink, mica
Quote by Henry David Thoreau;
Kathleen Faulkner

...or don't see. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

things change

'Stick Pin'  4.75" sterling silver, stick;  Kathleen Faulkner

Back in the day
when running free was a given 
no worries about touching
or being in close quarters
 a sneeze brought a
'bless you'
a cough meant not too much

Community of stick pins. Kathleen Faulkner

We had our art openings and events 
filled to the brim
hugging and laughing

the good old days. 

'COVID safe' stick pin, 4" sterling silver, paper,
gouache, mica;  Kathleen Faulkner

Today's stick pin is fully covered
for protection
no direct contact
social distancing is currently in place
as it sits in a box 
on a table.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

survival tips

'Western Larch' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

The good thing about living on the edge 
is that one must be

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, 
nor the most intelligent;
it is the one most adaptable to change."
Charles Darwin

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Life during lockdown

'Hillside' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Springtime in the Pacific Northwest

It is especially beautiful this year
maybe it is the clean air,
the quiet 
or lack of humans 
all around 

I walk the trails
sunshine hits the back of my head
I forget, for a moment, that life is different now:

No touching
 no hugs, no kisses
10 feet
always wear a mask if out and about.

I can do this.  
It's not that different from my weird normal life

but I miss my friends.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

on hold

'Slack Water' 20x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Life during the time of COVID

I am at a stand still 
no movement either way
 in the tidal stream of life

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

keep on the sunny side

'Slough' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."
Charles Dickens

This oil pastel was completed 
during the pandemic.
It will
remind me of the time 
we lived or died.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

when in doubt

'Grey and White and Cloudy' 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Max said,  "paint clouds and water".

Saturday, February 15, 2020

life on the edge

'Moving Forward'. 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It's been a tough winter.

I make myself move forward 
knowing that all things change.

 Spring is coming.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Junco junction

'Anne's Feeder' 10x10"oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I watch the birds
eat at Anne's feeder.

I look past the feeder at the tree behind
The leaves are gone now
replaced with juncos
waiting their turn.

Friday, January 10, 2020

weather or not

'Winter Morning'. 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

in the midst of ruff and tumble weather
hopeful breaks appear.

I always appreciate those.

Friday, December 27, 2019

things we remember

'Childhood Landmarks' necklace 30" sterling silver,
gouache, graphite, ink, mica, glass lenses;
Kathleen Faulkner

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


'One of Many' 24x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Happy Solstice, Friends! 

My wishes for the New Year are 
probably about the same as yours:

Our Planet is saved
and the quality of Life is improved for Us All!

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and a Better New Year! 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Humidity: 82%

'The Rainy Season' 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

The rains have come.

I put on my rain gear
and walk anyway.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Kelp Beds

Harbormaster Office,  LaConner Marina;  Kathleen Faulkner

I like a challenge.

I was offered a job opportunity: 
paint a mural on a post at the LaConner Marina.  

I gladly accepted.

It was a harder, longer process than I imagined
but I learned a lot.

I would do it again.

all photos: Kathleen Faulkner

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A good view

'Roadside' 10x10" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

As I look out over the Skagit fields
I am grateful to know that development 
will not be happening here. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

moving forward

'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


'Hat, Dot, Saddlebag' 10x10" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I can see Hat island from my studio. 
 Dot and Saddlebag are hidden behind Cap Sante.

Over on the east side of Padilla Bay 
it's a whole different look.

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


'Landmark' 10x10" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner


A recognizable natural or man-made feature used for navigation

A notable location with historical, cultural, or geographical significance.

A major, important event.*


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rx for today's woes

'Afternoon at the Slough" 10x10" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

when the light hits just right,
what one sees 
can become something else.

it is a good distraction

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What would you wish?'

'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 
 think about
 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!

'Three Wishes' brooch 1.5x2" sterling silver, paper, gouache, colored pencil,
graphite, mica;  Kathleen Faulkner

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Better than prozac

'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

A Love Story

'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

Snow day

'Craft Island' 20x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It is snowing outside

I am inside 
one minute watching the snow fall
the next
wandering around in my memories 

 It was a good day to go to Craft Island
my first time there

I think about it often. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

did you know?

'Mudscape' 18x24" oil pastel ; Kathleen Faulkner

An estimated 40,000 organisms 
live in a handful of mud.

Friday, January 18, 2019

these are trying times

'Mudflats' 18x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I wake to another chaotic news cycle.  

I'm at a loss to understand the thinking
behind the deeds 
of corrupt leaders

I head to the mudflats

that landscape always calms me down