Saturday, March 10, 2018

the complications of living

'Ghost Pipes' 18x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

If one lives long enough
one says goodbye to many of one's friends.

I've been saying goodbye 
 to friends lately.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

wild animals don't really like humans

'Ready'  16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 I see him on my walk.   

Sometimes I watch him from a distance
doing his work

Mostly though,
 he sees me and readies for flight
thinking about safety.

I come too close 
Then he's gone. 


Sunday, January 28, 2018


'Apartment Complexity' front-back, ring size 6.5-7
2x1.25x.25" sterling silver, colored pencil, graphite, 
ink, found gasket, mica;  for the show,
'Right On! Rites, Rituals, Remembrances' 
Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Kathleen Faulkner

We lived in apartments in the city.
I learned to be quiet at a very early age 
so as not to disturb the neighbors.
All around me was the noise of the city.
It was background.


As a small child 
with family from the deep South
I heard stories
that made me afraid.
Later I learned about diversity 
It opened up my eyes 
and made the world 
a more interesting place.

 'A House of Many Colors' brooch, 4x1.5"
sterling silver, found object, colored pencil,
mica;  for the show, 'Right On! Rites, Rituals,
Remembrances' Facere Jewelry Art Gallery,
Kathleen Faulkner

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Greetings from the Skagit

from my home to yours;  Kathleen Faulkner

It's been a difficult year.
I've had worse
but it's been a while.

The good thing about a new year is
and I have it!

I raise my glass and toast to YOU!

Here's to Peace, Joy, 
good Health and 
for us all! 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

these are trying times

'Boo'Ya Moon' 24x50" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

There are places that draw us in.
They can be beautiful yet dark, places that can go black.
We choose, to a degree, whether or not to go there.

I think most people want to be good.
I think some people go into a dark place but are still good.

Then there are a few that just that go there.

Monday, September 11, 2017

it's seasonal

'That Afternoon Breeze'  20x20" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

In these warm last days of summer
I am noticing the change
Light is different  moody

and the blackberries are so ripe
I try to pick them 
but they are soggy now from the first rains
others have missed the season
they won't make it past that lovely blush of pink

the leaves are starting to turn
night comes a little earlier 
and morning is beginning to show off 
it's dew covered webs

I'm lost in these thoughts
then that afternoon breeze 
comes dancing around my head
waking me up

sending me on my way.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

family business

'Teen Town' 36x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

The mother stumps
run along grids
made by men with money in mind.

A new generation emerges 
from the nourishment and energy of those mother stumps

and life goes on.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

saving the world

'Horsetails' 16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

 The horsetails were our handy tools when we played outside as kids.
I usually used them as swords.  
They worked well.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

soft green

'Forest Life' 16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I remember, as a kid, 
always having to touch the moss as I'd walk in the forest. 
I would imagine wrapping myself
in sheets of soft green moss, 
curling up and taking a nice long nap. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017


'An Organic Matter'  16x16" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It's usually overwhelmingly green in the forest.
Sometimes I have to stop and look in order to see.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

another story

'Under Story' 24x48" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It is a slow start to Spring:
cold and record rainfall here.

It is good for our water supply and the under story
which, in turn, 
is good for us.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

shades of grey

'Winter Woods' 18x24" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

It's been a long winter.

I appreciate the cold, white light but
I look forward to Spring and a little more color.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Life during wartime*

"Pay Close Attention"  12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

I didn't see her at first.  

Then, the weird feeling stopped me and I backtracked.  There she was sitting quietly, majestically.  

Non human beings are innocent and have no voice.  
It is our duty as stewards of the earth to speak for them.  

*'Life During Wartime', Talking Heads

Thursday, January 19, 2017

a day in the life

'A Day in the Life' 12x12" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner
It is early. 
Fog horns sound in the distance.

Hawk lands on a pole and
surveys the field
planning her strategy for the morning kill.

It's a daily thing.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hope Springs Eternal*

blank slate, as they say

 New Year
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
more obstacles 

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.
– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man *

Monday, December 26, 2016

stranger in a strange land*

'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

deep in it

'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

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

'High End' 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 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

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.