Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bitter Cherry

Prunus Emarginata
Bitter Cherry

Steve at Dunbar Gardens told me about a native species of cherry.  The fruit is not edible by humans but the birds love it and it is a real beauty, don't you think?  

Friday, January 29, 2010


"Cherry" 17x17" oil pastel;  Kathleen Faulkner

This is my newest oil pastel.  It is one of many in the "Tree" series, which I'll be posting from time to time. 
Although cherry trees are not native to this area, they do grow well here and seem to enjoy teasing us with  their early blooms.  Some around the area are blooming now.

Much of my inspiration comes from the area in which I live.  There is magic here and the light is special, too.  We are in the midst of the largest temperate rainforest in the world.  There's everything from snow covered peaks on down to the salty sea   Salish Sea, that is.  

Our friend Robert Sund called this area "Ish River country".   

One can always tell the tourists by how they pronounce the names of places around here.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Welcome to Art Talk.

The mission: To get inspired, motivated or, at least, arouse our curiosity regarding the world of ART.
In the days ahead, I will attempt to do my part to fulfill this mission; I hope you will join me.